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CMS updates transparency tool on hospices; HAP’s Care in PA continues to support transparency efforts for PA

September 01, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently updated Hospice Compare, an informational website that allows consumers to learn more about hospice care in their area.

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Federal Report Shows Overall Improvement in U.S. Health Care Quality; Disparities Persist

August 24, 2017

An annual federal report, 2016 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, about health care quality and access indicates that health care quality across the U.S. improved overall from 2000 through 2014-2015, but at different rates for different priority areas. Although some of the gaps in care are lessening, disparities persist, especially among poor and low-income families.

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Report Identifies Opportunities for Providers to Better Meet Consumer Expectations

August 23, 2017

Kaufman Hall’s 2017 State of Consumerism in Healthcare, a compilation of online survey responses from 125 organizations, found that health care providers may not be meeting consumer expectations. As increasing out-of-pockets costs force patients to become more educated about their health care, and more sophisticated as consumers about their choices, providers need to make consumer expectations a higher priority.

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Governor Announces New Leaders for Department of Human Services, Insurance

August 18, 2017

Governor Wolf has announced that he has nominated Teresa Miller, current Commissioner for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department to serve as Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS), effective August 21.

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CMS Releases Tool for Transparency in Hospice Care

August 18, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released Hospice Compare, an informational website that allows consumers to learn more about hospice care in their area.

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President Signs Veterans Choice Appropriations Bill

August 16, 2017

President Trump signed into law legislation providing $2.1 billion in funding to continue the Veterans Choice Program that allows veterans to see a civilian health care provider if they cannot be seen by a VA medical facility in a timely manner or if they face burdens in traveling to a VA medical facility.

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President Declares Opioid Crisis a National Emergency

August 14, 2017

President Trump has declared the country’s opioid crisis a national emergency and has instructed the administration to use all appropriate emergency and other authorities to respond to the crisis.

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Employers Plan to Adopt Consumer-Focused Strategies to Reduce Health Care Costs

August 10, 2017

Two health care employer surveys released recently reveal that, faced with a five to 5.5 percent increase in health care benefit costs in 2018, United States employers plan to adopt new strategies to manage costs.

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HAP Convenes Council to Advance Provider-Patient Partnerships

August 02, 2017

Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems continue to develop partnerships with their patients, guiding them through the health care delivery process and helping them be active participants in their care. In an effort to provide a forum for these organizations to communicate and exchange best practices, HAP’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) has recently convened a Person and Family Engagement (PFE) Leadership Council to bring together hospital leaders responsible for facilitating the development of sustained partnerships with patients and families. 

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New ANA Recommendations for How Nurses Can Help Optimize Antibiotic Use

July 24, 2017

The American Nurses Association (ANA) recently released a white paper outlining the importance of good antibiotic stewardship and the important role nurses can play in optimizing the use of antibiotics in hospital settings.

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PA Rare Disease Advisory Council Established

July 13, 2017

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently signed Act 14, House Bill 239 that creates a Rare Disease Advisory Council to study the incidence and prevalence of rare diseases in the state. The council will work towards improving the lives of more than 1.2 million Pennsylvanians suffering from a rare disease.

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U.S. House Committee Reviews State Opioid Efforts and Ongoing Challenges

July 12, 2017

In a hearing today, Combating the Opioid Crisis: Battles in the States, Congressional leaders heard testimony from state officials offering insight on successful strategies to address the opioid epidemic and ongoing challenges in prevention and treatment.

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PA House Approves Two Health Care-Related Bills

June 20, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives considered two pieces of legislation addressing the safety of health care practitioners and a measure to help curb the opioid crisis.

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New PHC4 Report Finds PA Specialty Hospitals for Children Continue to Meet High-Quality Performance Standards

June 14, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) released its report on pediatric and congenital heart surgery, finding that Pennsylvania specialty hospitals for children continue to meet high-quality performance standards.

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PA will See Major Employment and Economic Strains under Proposed American Health Care Act

June 14, 2017

Today, The Commonwealth Fund released its economic and employment assessment of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on the United States. According to the study, enactment of the AHCA would lead to nearly 85,000 jobs lost in Pennsylvania by 2026 and more than $14 billion lost in business output.

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