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JAMA Article Outlines Pennsylvania’s Rural Global Budget Pilot

April 09, 2018

A recent Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) article, “A Path to Sustain Rural Hospitals,” provided an overview of the recent work in Pennsylvania to create a global budget pilot for rural hospitals in the state. During January 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania announced the launch of a new, voluntary program aimed at shifting reimbursement from a fee-for-service model based on volume to a multi-payor global budget methodology focused on population health.

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Congress Reviews Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request for Health & Human Services

February 15, 2018

In a series of budget hearings before U.S. House and U.S. Senate committees, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar defended the newly proposed fiscal year (FY) 2019 HHS budget request.

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U.S. House Committee Hears Academic Perspectives on Health Care Market Dynamics

February 14, 2018

In a hearing before the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee, federal lawmakers heard testimony from academic scholars about the forces that result in consolidation within the health care market and the impact of those market dynamics.

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President Issues Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request

February 12, 2018

President Trump released a $4 trillion federal fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget request which defines funding priorities for discretionary spending and outlines legislative proposals. The budget proposal places a focus on tackling the opioid epidemic and addressing drug prices, and envisions significant policy changes to Medicare, Medicaid, and the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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News Release: U.S. Congress Includes Key Hospital Priorities in Spending Plan

February 09, 2018

News Release:  Early this morning, the U.S. Congress passed legislation that raises the debt ceiling, reallocates the current budget caps for defense and domestic discretionary programs, and temporarily funds the government through March 23. The spending plan also contains several hospital priorities.

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Report Says Out-of-Pocket Costs for Medicare Beneficiaries Will Keep Growing

February 01, 2018

At a time when the aging population is on the rise in Pennsylvania, a Kaiser Family Foundation report estimates that out-of-pocket costs for Medicare beneficiaries are expected to keep rising over the next decade.

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House Professional Licensure Committee Tackles Challenges of Nurse Collaborative Agreements

January 24, 2018

Today, the House Professional Licensure Committee held an informational meeting for legislators to learn more about the mechanics of collaborative agreements between certified nurse practitioners (CNP) and physicians. The meeting was prompted by legislative interest in HAP-supported Senate Bill 25 and House Bill 100 which would allow CNPs to care for patients without a collaborative agreement after 3,600 hours or three years working with a physician.

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CHIP Funded in Deal to Reopen the Government; Outstanding Priorities Remain Unresolved

January 22, 2018

Congress has included a six-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as part of a legislative package that reopens the government after a two-and-a-half day federal government shutdown, and sets February 8 as the next deadline for Congressional action.

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News Release: Federal Government Shuts Down, PA Health Care Community Faces Uncertainty

January 20, 2018

News Release: Congress yesterday failed to pass legislation to keep the federal government funded and address important health care policy priorities. In the wake of a federal government shutdown, the future of many essential health care programs remains unknown. In response, Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released a statement.

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Nearly Half of Americans Would Like Health Care Addressed Nationally; Few are Confident of Progress

December 29, 2017

New poll results released by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reveal the top concerns among Americans. Issues topping the list include health care, education, the environment, and racism as the national priorities that Americans would like to see addressed during the coming year. But, most expressed little confidence that any significant progress would be made.

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New Data Reveals that More Women than Men are Enrolling in U.S. Medical Schools

December 28, 2017

For the first time, the number of women enrolling in U.S. medical schools has exceeded the number of men. New data released by the Association of American Medical Colleges reveals that women made up 50.7 percent of the 21,338 new enrollees during 2017, compared with 49.8 percent during 2016.

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Health System Leaders Identify Cybersecurity, Predictive Analytics, and Virtual Care Payments as Top 2018 IT Issues

December 27, 2017

Survey results about emerging health information technology (IT) trends, reveal that health system leaders across the country are inclined to boost funding for cybersecurity technology during 2018. Those same leaders are carefully weighing the value of investing in artificial intelligence technologies and consumer devices such as wearables.

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Updated Long-Term Care Hospital, Inpatient Rehab Facility, and Hospice Data Available for Consumers

December 26, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated the long-term care hospital, inpatient rehabilitation facility, and hospice quality data available to consumers at its LTCH Compare, IRF Compare, and Hospice Compare websites.

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Federal Report Provides Roadmap to Help People with Serious Mental Illness and Emotional Disturbance

December 22, 2017

The Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee released its first report to Congress about issues related to serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbance.

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Federal Rebalancing Demonstration Report Released: Improved Quality, Reduced Costs

December 06, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its report to the President and Congress regarding the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration, a program established by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.

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