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Report Provides Recommendations for Strengthening Health Insurance Marketplace Websites

April 24, 2017

The National Partnership for Women & Families recently released a report evaluating federal and state-based marketplace websites for health insurance enrollment. The progress report is an analysis of how the exchanges are providing resources to enroll consumers in health insurance coverage.

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Challenges Remain Around ACA Subsidy Payments After Meeting with CMS Administrator

April 21, 2017

Senior representatives from major health insurers met with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ leadership earlier this week, seeking clarity for Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) subsidy funding for the cost sharing reduction program.

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House Republicans Continue Work on Possible AHCA Deal, Pennsylvania Hospitals Remain Opposed

April 20, 2017

Media outlets have started to report about a possible ACA repeal and replace deal. Pennsylvania hospitals continue to oppose any such efforts without an appropriate replacement to ensure continued coverage for Pennsylvanians who have benefited from the ACA.

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Senate Advances HAP-Supported Nurse Practitioner Bill

April 18, 2017

Today, the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee voted HAP-supported Senate Bill 25 out of committee by a vote of 13 to three. Sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), the bill allows certified nurse practitioners (CNP) 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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Federal DHHS Issues ACA Market Stabilization Rules, Consumer Subsidy Concerns Unresolved

April 14, 2017

The Department of Health and Human Services issued a rule finalizing changes to help stabilize the Affordable Care Act individual and small group marketplaces, but the rule does not address continuation of subsidies to reduce out-of-pocket costs for certain individuals.

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Legislation Would Use Technology and Evidence-Based Medicine to Reduce Medicaid Costs, Improve Care

April 12, 2017

Senator Scott Martin has introduced legislation modeled after an Alaska plan, which would use technology and evidence-based medicine to reduce Medicaid costs and improve patient care.

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Quality Assurance Group Makes Changes to Evaluation of Patient-Centered Medical Home Program

April 11, 2017

The National Committee for Quality Assurance introduced changes to its Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition program to increase provider flexibility and move to an annual check-in process.

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Main Line Health to Participate in National Pursuing Equity Initiative

April 10, 2017

Main Line Health has agreed to participate in a two-year initiative led by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement aimed at reducing inequities in health and health care access, treatment, and outcomes. 

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HAP Stresses Importance of Protecting Insurance Coverage During Auditor General and Treasurer Town Hall Meeting

April 07, 2017

HAP participated in a town hall meeting panel discussion hosted by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and Treasurer Joe Torsella. The row officers held the “Future of Health Care in a Trump Administration” to fill a void in public conversation about an issue that has significant implications for Pennsylvanians’ access to health care, as well as the state’s fiscal health.

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CMS to Test Clinical-Community Collaboration to Assist Patients, Align Services

April 06, 2017

In an effort to support local communities in addressing the health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will provide support to 32 organizations—including Pennsylvania’s Reading Hospital—working to bridge the gap between clinical and community services.

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Survey Finds Small Physician Groups Need Help with MACRA Implementation

April 05, 2017

A new survey commissioned by Healthcare Informatics shows that, despite the slower pacing of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), many small physician groups are not fully prepared for its implementation during 2017.

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NAM Report: Policy Priorities for Better Health with Lower Per-Capita Spending

March 27, 2017

The National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) Vital Directions for Health and Health Care Initiative  released its final report outlining top policy priorities for improving Americans’ health while reducing what we spend per-capita on health care. The report summarizes 19 papers and a national symposium that examined the issue over the past 18 months.

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HAP SAYS DELAYED VOTE ON AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT SIGNALS IMPORTANCE OF PROCEEDING WITH CAUTION

March 24, 2017

News Release:  A statement issued today by Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, about the U.S. House's action surrounding the American Health Care Act gives hope that lawmakers will step back and take a more thoughtful and balanced look at modifications to the Affordable Care Act.

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Infant Mortality Rates Declining Nationally and in Pennsylvania

March 23, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released data about infant mortality for the United States during 2005–2014. For 2014, the infant mortality rate for the United States hit new lows for Hispanic, Caucasian, African-American, and Asian or Pacific Islander populations. In addition, Pennsylvania’s infant mortality rate declined, dropping from 7.49 during 2005–2007, to 6.53 during 2012–2014.

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PA Senate and House Introduce Bills to Allow CNPs Full Practice Authority

March 22, 2017

Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) and Representative Jesse Topper (R-Bedford) have picked up the effort to allow certified nurse practitioners (CNP) to practice to their level of education and training.

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