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Rollout of PA’s Community-based Long-term Care Program Is Off to a Successful Start

February 19, 2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) has provided a status report on the successful rollout of its Community HealthChoices (CHC) program in southwestern Pennsylvania.

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Wolf Administration Gives Update about Opioid Disaster Declaration

January 29, 2018

State officials today provided an update about the state’s response to Governor Wolf’s heroin and opioid disaster declaration.

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HAP Achievement Awards Winner Spotlight: Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center

January 25, 2018

Pennsylvania is home to some of the most cutting-edge hospitals in the country. This week we’re sharing two award-winning programs developed by Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center that improved patient care in the Oncology Intensive Care Unit and reduced hospital-acquired pneumonia.

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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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HAP Achievement Award Winner Spotlight: Lankenau Medical Center

January 19, 2018

Pennsylvania is home to some of the most cutting-edge hospitals in the country. This week, we’re sharing the award-winning program developed by Lankenau Medical Center that improved access to food and nutrition services for members of its community.

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11 new Medicare ACOs in Pennsylvania in 2018

January 12, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the 2018 list of accountable care organizations (ACOs) approved for the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). Among the 561 approved ACOs, 39 provide care to Medicare beneficiaries in Pennsylvania—a jump of 11 ACOs, up from 29 during 2017. 

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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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While Life Expectancy Rises Around the World, U.S. Sees Second Year of Decline; Drug Overdoses are Major Contributor

December 21, 2017

A new report from the National Center for Health Statistics shows that Americans' life expectancy fell to 78.6 years, a second straight year of decline, which is being linked with drug overdose mortality.

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New Resources Available about Sharing Mental and Behavioral Health Information to Improve Patient Treatment

December 19, 2017

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is providing new and updated information at its website about sharing mental and behavioral health information with a goal of improving patient care.

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DHS Responds to PA Hospitals Questions as Community HealthChoices Rollout Nears

December 15, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) is on track to implement Phase One of Community HealthChoices (CHC), Pennsylvania’s new Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) program in 14 southwestern counties on January 1, 2018.

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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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PA Launches New Website to Connect Patients to Community Based Services and Supports

November 20, 2017

The Wolf Administration has launched the Pennsylvania Link to Community Care website, which seeks to connect older Pennsylvanians and individuals with a disability or behavioral health need to services and supports available in their community.

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HAP Thanks State’s Veterans for Their Service, Highlights Health Systems’ Veterans Health Programs

November 10, 2017

HAP thanks Pennsylvania's veterans for their service and sacrifices to protect our freedom. The association and its members recognize that, as a result of these sacrifices, our veterans and their families sometimes need additional support, including help for health care challenges.

 

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Meadville Medical Center Achieves Health Care Efficiency and Effectiveness through Care Coordination Initiative

November 08, 2017

Meadville Medical Center leadership discussed their successful care coordination initiative during the American Hospital Association Rural Hospital Executive Education Series.

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State Delays Phases 2 and 3 of Community HealthChoices Program, Allowing More Time to Learn from Initial Rollout in West

November 06, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) announced that it is delaying the start dates for Phases 2 and 3 of Community HealthChoices (CHC), Pennsylvania’s new Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) program. DHS says it wants to learn from the Phase 1 rollout and allow time to make any necessary adjustments before implementing further phases.   

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