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Medicare Advantage Enrollees May Have More Access to Telehealth Services

April 17, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a final rule updating the Medicare Advantage program to allow for innovative plan design and more choices for patients. The popularity of Medicare Advantage plans has been on the rise and new flexibilities, including additional telehealth and nontraditional benefits will likely continue this trend. 

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HAP Encourages Conversations about End-of-Life Care Today and Every Day

April 16, 2019

April 16 has been designated as National Healthcare Decisions Day in an effort to educate and empower individuals and providers about the importance of advance care planning. HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals encourage individuals to use this day as an opportunity to discuss end-of-life care preferences. 

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Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative Set for April Launch; Hospitals Join Forces to Improve Mom and Baby Outcomes

April 08, 2019

The Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative will launch during April, with a focus on reducing maternal mortality and improving care for pregnant and postpartum women and newborns affected by opioids. Hospitals are encouraged to join the PA PQC by April 17 and to register for the first Learning Collaborative session.

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Report Finds Hospital Admissions for Influenza Increased 62 Percent

March 28, 2019

According to a research brief released by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), the number of influenza (Flu) hospitalizations in Pennsylvania increased 62 percent (from 5,328 in FY 2017 to 8,647 in FY 2018). The most recent five-year trend (FY 2014–2018) shows substantial variation in the number of hospital admissions for Flu, a pattern that is similar to national trends.

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PA House Continues Work on Workforce Development, Advancing Several Bills

March 26, 2019

As a part of the bipartisan state initiative to ensure the professional stability and economic success of every Pennsylvanian, House Republican leaders have recently passed several workforce development bills.

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U.S. HHS Leader Azar Pledges Historic Regulatory Reforms During 2019

March 20, 2019

Federal Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar addressed health care attorneys this week about the role that regulatory reform plays in better health care at a lower cost.

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Prepare to Celebrate Patient Experience Week during April

March 19, 2019

Pennsylvania health care providers and consumers have the opportunity to celebrate Patient Experience Week April 22–26, 2019. This annual event provides a focused time for organizations to celebrate accomplishments, re-energize efforts, and honor individuals who have impacted the patient experience in health care every day.

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AHA Releases Report, Resources on Telehealth

March 01, 2019

The American Hospital Association (AHA) Center for Health Innovation released the second in a series of new market intelligence tools for hospital and health system leaders. Telehealth: A Path to Virtual Integrated Care is based on information and insights from interviews with hospital and health system leaders and other health care experts, surveys of hospital and health systems, and a number of health care reports and research articles.

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Workforce Stability, Work Requirements, and Minimum Wage Dominate Senate Appropriations Hearing

February 25, 2019

The Department of Labor and Industry, led by Secretary W. Gerard Oleksiak, testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee during this morning’s budget hearing.

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House Bill Would Address Problems with Health Professionals’ Credentialing Process

February 22, 2019

HAP is supporting legislation to improve Pennsylvania's credentialing process for health care practitioners. 

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HAP Letter to PA Supreme Court Committee Highlights Report Findings: Venue Reform Change Would Increase Physician Insurance Costs/Rates

February 21, 2019

HAP has sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Civil Procedural Rules Committee opposing a plan that would eliminate a critical venue reform established during 2002. 

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Today’s Theme in Harrisburg is Workforce Development; Governor Signs Executive Order, Legislature Holds Hearing

February 19, 2019

Governor Wolf today signed an executive order calling for a long-term investment in workforce assessment, development, and recruitment. HAP's Health Care Talent Task Force work aligns with his goals. 

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PA Health Care Advocates Pen Joint Comment Letter to Oppose Supreme Court Venue Shopping Proposed Rule

February 18, 2019

HAP and more than 20 health care provider and advocacy groups today sent a joint comment letter to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Civil Procedural Rules Committee expressing concern about a proposed rule to change venue requirements for medical liability cases.

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Supreme Court Committee Postpones Consideration of Venue Rule Change

February 14, 2019

Following significant outcry from the hospital community, health care leaders, business leaders, and policymakers, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Civil Procedural Rules Committee today announced that it will delay making changes to a key medical liability rule until it has reviewed the results of a legislative study.

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HAP Supports House Republican Leaders’ Efforts to Protect Access to Care, Fight Return of Venue Shopping

January 30, 2019

HAP joins House Republican leaders, physicians, and business and health care executives to address venue reform and access to care.

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