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American College of Physicians Highlights the Need for Increased Transparency; HAP’s Care in PA Provides Quality and Price Transparency in Pennsylvania

November 21, 2017

A recently released report from the American College of Physicians (ACP) recognizes transparency efforts to mend the fragmentation of health care. The report provides recommendations to improve transparency to address cost and quality challenges.

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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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Federal Report Calls for Expanded Oversight of Opioid Use by Medicare Part D Beneficiaries

November 07, 2017

During 2016, more than 14 million Medicare Part D beneficiaries received opioid prescriptions. The Government Accountability Office has released a report recommending greater monitoring of opioid use among Medicare beneficiaries to reduce harm.

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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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CMS Payment Rule Undercuts Key Program Supporting Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs

November 02, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a payment regulation that will undermine efforts to ensure access to affordable prescription drugs by dramatically cutting payments for drugs acquired under the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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Leapfrog Group Issues Report on Hospital Safety

October 31, 2017

Today, the Leapfrog Group has released its 2017 Hospital Safety Grades report that scores hospitals with letter grades to assess infection prevention and cleanliness, support of “strong health care teams,” and error prevention. The report is one of many quality resources that supply information for health care consumers and patients.

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Report Finds Drop in Uncompensated Care, Outpatient Growth for PA’s Non-Acute and Specialty Hospitals

October 31, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) released its Annual Report on the Financial Health of Pennsylvania Non-General Acute Care Hospitals, finding that uncompensated care saw a decrease of 17 percent or $3.3 million in fiscal year 2016. Specialty hospitals saw the largest percent point decrease, followed by psychiatric and long-term acute care

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November Provides Opportunity to Recognize Millions Who Care for Loved Ones

October 30, 2017

November is National Family Caregivers Month and provides an opportunity to recognize the more than 90 million Americans who are family caregivers for their loved ones; a large number of them providing care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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UnitedHealthcare Survey Sheds Light on Health Care Consumerism

October 20, 2017

Results from UnitedHealthcare’s 2017 Consumer Sentiment Survey reflect the growth in consumer-driven health care. High-deductible health plans and more out-of-pocket expenses have led to a change in consumer behavior, with more people comparison shopping for high quality, low-cost care.

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Congressional Committee Hears How Hospitals Use 340B Drug Pricing Program

October 11, 2017

In a hearing before the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, health care providers testified to how the 340B Drug Pricing Program helps them expand and improve access to care.

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Providers, Patients Encouraged to "Engage for Health" During Health Literacy Month

October 10, 2017

When patients and their families understand and engage in their health care, they have better outcomes and a more positive experience. October is National Health Literacy Month and HAP encourages providers and patients to learn more about what you can do to better understand your care.

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PA Right to Try Legislation Heads to Governor for Signature

October 09, 2017

Late last week, the Pennsylvania House unanimously approved House Bill 45, sponsored by Representative Robert Godshall, to allow terminally ill patients access to experimental medical treatments and medications that have not been approved by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration.

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New Survey Finds 21 Percent of Americans Report Personal Experience with Medical Errors

October 05, 2017

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the National Patient Safety Foundation (IHI) Lucian Leape Institute and NORC at the University of Chicago released survey findings last week demonstrating that, while the vast majority of Americans are having positive experiences with the health care system, 21 percent of adults report having personally experienced a medical error. The survey will be among topics covered next week by IHI’s Patricia McGaffigan, keynote speaker at HAP’s 2017 Patient Safety & Quality Symposium.

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