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JAMA Article Outlines Pennsylvania’s Rural Global Budget Pilot

April 09, 2018

A recent Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) article, “A Path to Sustain Rural Hospitals,” provided an overview of the recent work in Pennsylvania to create a global budget pilot for rural hospitals in the state. During January 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania announced the launch of a new, voluntary program aimed at shifting reimbursement from a fee-for-service model based on volume to a multi-payor global budget methodology focused on population health.

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How Different Generations Engage in Health Care: New Report Provides Insights

March 26, 2018

An online survey about consumer-driven health care reveals the differences in consumer engagement in health care by generational groups. These findings can help employers and providers improve their connections with these populations. 

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CMS launches MyHealthEData and Medicare’s Blue Button 2.0

March 07, 2018

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced two initiatives aimed at empowering patients by giving them access and control of their own medical data. MyHealthEData is an initiative intended to provide patients with electronic access to their own health records. Medicare’s Blue Button 2.0 is an initiative to provide Medicare beneficiaries with their medical claims data in a universal and secure digital format.

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Updated Long-Term Care Hospital, Inpatient Rehab Facility, and Hospice Data Available for Consumers

December 26, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated the long-term care hospital, inpatient rehabilitation facility, and hospice quality data available to consumers at its LTCH Compare, IRF Compare, and Hospice Compare websites.

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New Physician Quality Information Available at Physician Compare; HAP’s Care in PA also Helpful

December 18, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has added new quality information to its Physician Compare website to help consumers make better health care decisions.

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Legislation Clarifying Opioid Reporting Requirements Passes Committee

December 06, 2017

The House Human Services Committee passed legislation, Senate Bill 728, to exempt epilepsy drugs from the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program requirements. The prime sponsor, Senator Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), indicated that policymakers have been made aware of the non-narcotic/non-opioid and non-addictive nature of these drugs.

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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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Survey Shows How Consumers Find and Select Providers

November 28, 2017

A recent survey of 1,000 consumers aged 18 through 65 or older shows that more than half used the Internet when searching for physicians. Insurance, clinical expertise, and hospital or health system reputation were top criteria for selecting providers.

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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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Survey Shows the Importance of Pricing Transparency for Both Patients and Providers

November 17, 2017

New survey results from Accenture indicate that, while only about a quarter of health care providers can provide out-of-pocket cost information to consumers prior to a procedure, 91 percent of patients want the information. In addition, almost half of the consumers surveyed would switch to a different provider in order to get it.

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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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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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Survey Shows Communication Gaps Between Health Plans and Members

October 18, 2017

A recent survey from HealthMine Health Intelligence Solution identifies important communication gaps between health plans and plan members.

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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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