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Report Provides Recommendations for Strengthening Health Insurance Marketplace Websites

April 24, 2017

The National Partnership for Women & Families recently released a report evaluating federal and state-based marketplace websites for health insurance enrollment. The progress report is an analysis of how the exchanges are providing resources to enroll consumers in health insurance coverage.

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CMS Highlights Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Difference in Medicare Advantage Population in New Report

April 20, 2017

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its second comprehensive report on disparities in health care among Medicare Advantage enrollees. The report looks at disparities in gender in quality of health care across 24 clinical care measures and eight patient experience measures using the Medicare Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey.

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National Minority Health Month Put Focus on Health Disparities

April 19, 2017

April is National Minority Health Month, providing an opportunity to raise awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect minority populations. Seventy-two Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems are among the 1,500 across the nation that have pledged to ensure that every person in every community receives high-quality, equitable, and safe care through the American Hospital Association (AHA) #123forEquity Campaign to Eliminate Health Care Disparities.

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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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Senate Advances HAP-Supported Nurse Practitioner Bill

April 18, 2017

Today, the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee voted HAP-supported Senate Bill 25 out of committee by a vote of 13 to three. 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 Applauds Introduction of Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Legislation

April 18, 2017

News Release: The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s (HAP) President and CEO Andy Carter today joined providers, advocates, and lawmakers from across the commonwealth to praise the introduction of legislation to codify Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) as an option for patients and their families.

 

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Federal DHHS Issues ACA Market Stabilization Rules, Consumer Subsidy Concerns Unresolved

April 14, 2017

The Department of Health and Human Services issued a rule finalizing changes to help stabilize the Affordable Care Act individual and small group marketplaces, but the rule does not address continuation of subsidies to reduce out-of-pocket costs for certain individuals.

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

April 14, 2017

April 16–22 is a week devoted to discussing end-of-life care. During National Healthcare Decisions Day, HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals encourage individuals to use this day as an opportunity to discuss end-of-life care preferences.

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Legislation Would Use Technology and Evidence-Based Medicine to Reduce Medicaid Costs, Improve Care

April 12, 2017

Senator Scott Martin has introduced legislation modeled after an Alaska plan, which would use technology and evidence-based medicine to reduce Medicaid costs and improve patient care.

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Quality Assurance Group Makes Changes to Evaluation of Patient-Centered Medical Home Program

April 11, 2017

The National Committee for Quality Assurance introduced changes to its Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition program to increase provider flexibility and move to an annual check-in process.

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Main Line Health to Participate in National Pursuing Equity Initiative

April 10, 2017

Main Line Health has agreed to participate in a two-year initiative led by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement aimed at reducing inequities in health and health care access, treatment, and outcomes. 

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CMS to Test Clinical-Community Collaboration to Assist Patients, Align Services

April 06, 2017

In an effort to support local communities in addressing the health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will provide support to 32 organizations—including Pennsylvania’s Reading Hospital—working to bridge the gap between clinical and community services.

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Survey Finds Small Physician Groups Need Help with MACRA Implementation

April 05, 2017

A new survey commissioned by Healthcare Informatics shows that, despite the slower pacing of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), many small physician groups are not fully prepared for its implementation during 2017.

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Cybersecurity in Health Care Topic for Federal Committee Hearing

April 05, 2017

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations recently held a hearing about cybersecurity in the health care sector and strengthening public-private partnerships. The American Hospital Association (AHA) urged Congress to provide law enforcement and other appropriate agencies with the resources to investigate cyber attacks and proactively prevent them.

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