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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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CMS Delays New Bundled Payments, Again

March 21, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted notice of its intent to further delay the implementation of new cardiac bundled payment models and the expansion of the existing joint replacement bundle until May 20, 2017. This delay comes after an initial postponement from January 21 to March 21, 2017, as a result of the 60-day regulatory freeze by the Trump Administration.

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AAMC Annual Report: Projected Shortfall of Physicians Continues to Grow

March 20, 2017

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently released an updated report that projects that, for the third consecutive year, physician demand will continue to grow faster than the U.S. supply of physicians.

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HAP Presents to House Health Committee About Hospital Quality and Population Health Initiatives

March 06, 2017

HAP quality and population health leaders spoke to the Pennsylvania House Health Committee about population health, health care quality, and patient safety initiatives. They highlighted HAP-specific work, which has received national attention.

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Bid Protests Cause DHS to Delay HealthChoices Implementation

March 03, 2017

Today, the Department of Human Services announced a delay in the effective dates of the new managed care organization agreements for HealthChoices, Pennsylvania’s mandatory Medicaid managed care program.

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House Labor and Industry Committee Holds Hearing on Drug Prescribing in Workers Compensation Program

February 17, 2017

Members of the Pennsylvania House Labor and Industry Committee heard testimony from various stakeholders on House Bill 18, introduced by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh), aimed at reducing opioid abuse within the Workers’ Compensation Program.

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Medicaid Redesign Expert, Seema Verma, Receives Hearing to Serve as Head of CMS

February 16, 2017

In a hearing today, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee considered the nomination of Seema Verma—an experienced health care policy consultant who has championed redesign of Medicaid in several states—as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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PA House Votes to Send Stroke Center Update Legislation to Senate

February 07, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted unanimously to send House Bill 23 to the Senate. Sponsored by State Representative Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh), HB 23 makes changes to the state’s stroke center law.

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PA Senate Intends to Reintroduce Telemedicine Legislation

February 02, 2017

This week, Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver) circulated his copsonsorship memo and intends to reintroduce his legislation on telemedicine from last session.

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Governor Proposes Consolidating State Agencies, Citing Improved Delivery of Health and Welfare Services

January 30, 2017

Governor Tom Wolf announced a plan to consolidate four state agencies—Aging, Health, Human Services, and Drug and Alcohol Programs—under a proposed state Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that would oversee the state’s health and welfare programs.

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FTC Acting Chair Advocates for Health Care Policies––Emphasizes Importance of Telehealth

January 27, 2017

The new acting chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Maureen Ohlhausen, has laid out her positions about several health care policies to improve the health care delivery system.

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New Report Looks at Premature Mortality in U.S.; Public Health Successes and Challenges

January 26, 2017

The National Institutes for Health (NIH) released new research that suggests that public health efforts to reduce tobacco use and improved diagnoses and treatment for certain diseases is having a positive impact.

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