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Stroke Center Update Legislation Receives Senate Committee Vote

April 25, 2017

As noted by the Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, Senator Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne), May is Stroke Awareness Month, and today’s committee vote to update the stroke designation law is aptly timed. The committee unanimously voted House Bill 23 out of the Senate committee.

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GAO Report Highlights Insufficient Payment of Services as a Barrier to Adoption of Telehealth Services

April 21, 2017

A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recognizes the potential telehealth has to improve or maintain quality of care, but adoption of telehealth lacks due to insufficient reimbursement for services. 

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PA Awarded $26 Million in Federal Funding to Help Combat Opioid Abuse Crisis

April 20, 2017

US Department of Health and Human Services announced the award of $485 million in grants to help all 50 states and four territories combat opioid addiction. The funding, the first of two rounds provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act, will be provided through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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Wolf Administration Marks One-Year Anniversary of Legalizing Medical Marijuana

April 18, 2017

Governor Tom Wolf joined with stakeholders and legislators to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the signing of Act 16 of 2016, legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

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Senator Yaw and Representative Cutler Introducing Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Legislation

April 18, 2017

HAP President and CEO Andy Carter today joined providers, advocates, and lawmakers from across the commonwealth to praise the pending introduction of legislation to codify Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) as an option for patients and their families.

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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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HAP Applauds Introduction of Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Legislation

April 18, 2017

News Release: The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s (HAP) President and CEO Andy Carter today joined providers, advocates, and lawmakers from across the commonwealth to praise the introduction of legislation to codify Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) as an option for patients and their families.

 

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

April 14, 2017

April 16–22 is a week devoted to discussing end-of-life care. During National Healthcare Decisions Day, HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals encourage individuals to use this day as an opportunity to discuss end-of-life care preferences.

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Senate Hears from Stakeholders About Consolidation of State Agencies

April 13, 2017

Reading Hospital hosted the Pennsylvania Senate's second hearing about the consolidation of the departments of Human Services, Health, Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Aging, this time gathering testimony from various stakeholders.

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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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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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Bill to Prevent Organ Donation Discrimination Advances in PA Senate

March 29, 2017

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee considered Senate Bill 108, which aims to prohibit discrimination against disabled individuals in need of organ transplants. 

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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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