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The REACH Act Introduced to Help Preserve Access to Care in Rural Communities

May 25, 2017

The Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital (REACH) Act (S. 1130) was introduced this week by Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA), Amy KJlobuchar (D-MN), and Cory Gardner (R-CO). The legislation would create a new Medicare payment designation for rural emergency care.

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Governor Announces Pick for Head of New Department of Health and Human Services

May 23, 2017

Today, Governor Wolf announced current Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller as his pick to lead the proposed Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services. Miller has served as Pennsylvania’s Insurance Commissioner since 2015.

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Joins 15 States to Protect Cost-Sharing Payments under the ACA

May 19, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro joined 15 states and the District of Columbia attorneys general in petitioning to intervene in the lawsuit filed by the U.S. House of Representatives over the legality of cost-sharing payments under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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DHS Creates New PASRR Website

May 19, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) has created a new website to assist hospitals in completing the Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) for patients being discharged to a Medicaid-certified nursing facility. The PASRR process is a federal requirement to assess the patient’s needs to ensure the most appropriate setting.

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Chronic Care Management Legislation Advances in U.S. Senate Finance Committee

May 18, 2017

Today, federal efforts to improve the Medicare program for seniors suffering from chronic conditions advanced in the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 (or S.870) won unanimous approval from the committee.

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Grant Funds Available to Support Telemedicine

May 17, 2017

This week, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that hospitals and others could apply for grants up to $500,000 for equipment and technical assistance to provide telemedicine services in rural areas.

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NEWS RELEASE: Helping At-Risk Patients Eat Healthy

May 11, 2017

Hospitals Partner with Community Organizations, Insurers, and Public Health on Healthy Food Access Pilot PHILADELPHIA, PA (May 11)—Seven Phil...

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Hospital Supporters Representative Baker and Senator Baker Recognize PA Hospitals During National Hospital Week

May 09, 2017

The state House and Senate adopted resolutions recognizing the week of May 7–13, 2017, as “National Hospital Week."

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FDA Delays Rule That Promotes Healthier Living; Hospital Programs Help Address Healthy Eating and Fight Hunger

May 08, 2017

The Food and Drug Administration will delay implementation of the Menu Labeling Rule aimed at addressing the obesity epidemic and the importance of healthy living.

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Passage of AHCA Threatens Hard-won Progress Towards Improving Health

May 04, 2017

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 217 to 213 to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Pennsylvania hospitals oppose the legislation, which would jeopardize coverage for more than 1.1 million Pennsylvanians and undermine critical protections benefiting millions across the Commonwealth.

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HAP: AHCA Vote Threatens Coverage For More Than 1.1 Million Pennsylvanians

May 04, 2017

News Release:  Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a measure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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HAP Members: Be Recognized—Submit for 2017 Achievement Awards by May 12

May 03, 2017

It’s no secret that Pennsylvania hospitals are continuously implementing forward-thinking initiatives in order to provide high quality, more affordable health care to patients. HAP’s Achievement Awards, now in its 39th year, provides an opportunity to spotlight that work for your team, organization, and community. 

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Congress Passes Stopgap Spending Plan to Avoid Government Shutdown

April 28, 2017

Both houses of Congress approved a one-week stopgap spending measure today. This short-term continuing resolution easily cleared both the House and the Senate.

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CMS Releases New Data on Race, Ethnicity and Language for the 2017 Open Enrollment Period

April 27, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released health disparities data for the 2017 health insurance open enrollment period.

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Senate Votes Affirmatively to Advance Nurse Practitioner Legislation

April 26, 2017

The Pennsylvania Senate voted to send Senate Bill 25 to the House of Representatives, with 39 voting for the bill, and 10 voting against it. Senate Bill 25 allows certified nurse practitioners to practice to the full scope of their license without the need for physician supervision after they have worked under such supervision for three years and 3,600 hours.

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