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Stroke Center Update Legislation Heads to Governor for Signature

May 23, 2017

As Stroke Awareness Month comes to an end, the Pennsylvania Senate voted unanimously to update the stroke designation law, ensuring that patients are taken to stroke centers that deliver the appropriate level of care.

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Governor Announces Pick for Head of New Department of Health and Human Services

May 23, 2017

Today, Governor Wolf announced current Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller as his pick to lead the proposed Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services. Miller has served as Pennsylvania’s Insurance Commissioner since 2015.

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Start of Joint Replacement Model and 340B Final Rule Delayed

May 19, 2017

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that further delays to January 1 the start date for its Cardiac and Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Bundled Payment Model. In addition, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) delayed to October 1 the effective date of its final rule on 340B drug ceiling prices and civil monetary penalties for manufacturers.

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DHS Creates New PASRR Website

May 19, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) has created a new website to assist hospitals in completing the Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) for patients being discharged to a Medicaid-certified nursing facility. The PASRR process is a federal requirement to assess the patient’s needs to ensure the most appropriate setting.

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Chronic Care Management Legislation Advances in U.S. Senate Finance Committee

May 18, 2017

Today, federal efforts to improve the Medicare program for seniors suffering from chronic conditions advanced in the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 (or S.870) won unanimous approval from the committee.

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Grant Funds Available to Support Telemedicine

May 17, 2017

This week, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that hospitals and others could apply for grants up to $500,000 for equipment and technical assistance to provide telemedicine services in rural areas.

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Hospital Supporters Representative Baker and Senator Baker Recognize PA Hospitals During National Hospital Week

May 09, 2017

The state House and Senate adopted resolutions recognizing the week of May 7–13, 2017, as “National Hospital Week."

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HAP Members: Be Recognized—Submit for 2017 Achievement Awards by May 12

May 03, 2017

It’s no secret that Pennsylvania hospitals are continuously implementing forward-thinking initiatives in order to provide high quality, more affordable health care to patients. HAP’s Achievement Awards, now in its 39th year, provides an opportunity to spotlight that work for your team, organization, and community. 

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CMS Releases New Data on Race, Ethnicity and Language for the 2017 Open Enrollment Period

April 27, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released health disparities data for the 2017 health insurance open enrollment period.

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Senate Votes Affirmatively to Advance Nurse Practitioner Legislation

April 26, 2017

The Pennsylvania Senate voted to send Senate Bill 25 to the House of Representatives, with 39 voting for the bill, and 10 voting against it. Senate Bill 25 allows certified nurse practitioners 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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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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