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Medicare Advantage Enrollees May Have More Access to Telehealth Services

April 17, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a final rule updating the Medicare Advantage program to allow for innovative plan design and more choices for patients. The popularity of Medicare Advantage plans has been on the rise and new flexibilities, including additional telehealth and nontraditional benefits will likely continue this trend. 

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

April 16, 2019

April 16 has been designated as National Healthcare Decisions Day in an effort to educate and empower individuals and providers about the importance of advance care planning. HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals encourage individuals to use this day as an opportunity to discuss end-of-life care preferences. 

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National Health Care Volunteer Week is a Time to Say “Thank You”

April 12, 2019

This week, hospitals and health systems across Pennsylvania and the nation are observing National Health Care Volunteer Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of dedicated individuals who donate their time to support patients.

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Pennsylvania Highlighted for Rural Health Care Innovation

April 10, 2019

The transformative changes hospitals and health systems face are front and center at this year’s American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Meeting. During an executive session centered on rural issues, Pennsylvania’s hospitals were highlighted for their innovative work through the Rural Health Model.

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Nurse Leaders, Lawmakers Rally in Support of Full Practice Authority for Certified Nurse Practitioners

April 09, 2019

Nurse practitioners and health care champions met in Harrisburg today to rally in support of legislative proposals to help advanced practices professionals obtain full practice authority in Pennsylvania.

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Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative Set for April Launch; Hospitals Join Forces to Improve Mom and Baby Outcomes

April 08, 2019

The Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative will launch during April, with a focus on reducing maternal mortality and improving care for pregnant and postpartum women and newborns affected by opioids. Hospitals are encouraged to join the PA PQC by April 17 and to register for the first Learning Collaborative session.

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Senate Advances HAP-Supported Nurse Practitioner Bill

March 27, 2019

Today, the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee voted HAP-supported Senate Bill 25 out of committee with two negative votes. 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 Statement: HAP Takes Action to Protect Patients’ Access to Care

March 25, 2019

On behalf of Pennsylvania patients and the hospitals they count on for care, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) today filed a motion in the Middle District Federal Court to intervene in a lawsuit resulting from the significant policy consequences of recent actions by the Pennsylvania Attorney General.

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U.S. HHS Leader Azar Pledges Historic Regulatory Reforms During 2019

March 20, 2019

Federal Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar addressed health care attorneys this week about the role that regulatory reform plays in better health care at a lower cost.

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Research Reveals that the Number of Youth Visiting EDs for Psychiatric Problems is Rising

March 19, 2019

Research published in the journal, Pediatrics, reports that the number of young people ages 6 to 24 who visited emergency departments for psychiatric problems rose by 28 percent between 2011 and 2015.

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Prepare to Celebrate Patient Experience Week during April

March 19, 2019

Pennsylvania health care providers and consumers have the opportunity to celebrate Patient Experience Week April 22–26, 2019. This annual event provides a focused time for organizations to celebrate accomplishments, re-energize efforts, and honor individuals who have impacted the patient experience in health care every day.

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Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Funding Extension Reintroduced

March 14, 2019

A bipartisan, bicameral group of federal lawmakers today held a press conference to announce the introduction of the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act—legislation that would extend and expand the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic initiative.

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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Interventions to Prevent Perinatal Depression

March 13, 2019

Consistent with recognition of the importance of addressing and preventing perinatal depression, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine, released a final recommendation statement, which was published in a recent issue of Health Affairs.

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New Report Shows Patient Struggle with Drug Costs; Aging Committee Discusses Options to Improve Affordability

March 08, 2019

A new poll details the extent to which Americans are struggling to afford prescription drug medications and the impact of rising drug costs on their care. The poll validates federal policymakers' interest in addressing the issue.

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News Release: Innovative Pilot Aims to Boost Rural Community Health

March 05, 2019

Members of the hospital community joined Wolf Administration leaders today to announce a new pilot program designed to improve rural community health and provide financial stability for rural hospitals.

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