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Cost Remains a Barrier to Health Care for Many Americans

August 13, 2018

The high cost of health care, even for people with health insurance, remains a primary concern for many Americans. From the instability of the ever-changing federal health care law, to increasing premiums and co-pays, to uncertainty about medical bills, Americans are worried about their ability to afford health care.

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New Research Identifies Why Patients and Families are Uncomfortable Sharing Concerns and Asking Questions

August 08, 2018

A BMJ Quality & Safety survey reveals why some patients and family members do not speak up to their physicians and other members of their medical team when they have concerns or questions.

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Employers are Adopting Value Innovations to Manage Health Care Costs and Improve Health

August 07, 2018

The Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy recently released a brief which highlights new initiatives that employers are adopting to manage rising health care costs and improve employee health.

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Congressional Hearings Consider Avenues to Tackle Health Care Costs

July 18, 2018

Congressional committees on both sides of the Capitol in Washington, DC, are focusing on exploring the dynamics driving health care costs and possible policy avenues to consider. Transparency, drug prices, and paying for value are being featured prominently in policy discussions.

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Americans Divided About Value of Medical Treatment; Concerned About Cost

July 16, 2018

While new survey results show a divide among Americans about the value of medical treatments, a strong majority (83%) expressed concern that the cost of medical treatment was a barrier to high-quality health care.

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Health Care Providers Work to Improve Consumer Experience; Challenges Remain

June 29, 2018

As consumers pay more out-of-pocket costs for their health care, they are shopping for the fairest cost and best value. Health care providers are working to meet their needs for more information and convenience. A recent report outlines some of the challenges they face.

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CMS Delays Updates to its Hospital Quality Star Ratings

June 14, 2018

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the postponement of the planned release of its updated overall hospital quality star ratings on Hospital Compare slated for July. The delay, said to be due to concerns from stakeholders, will allow CMS to perform analyses on proposed changes to methodology posted during May.

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News Release: HAP Announces 2018 Achievement Award Winners

May 10, 2018

News Release:  The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) annually recognizes innovative hospital through its esteemed Achievement Awards program. Twelve winning programs were selected from 91 entries this year.

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CMS’ Verma Shares Vision for Better Health; Identifies Regulatory Reform as Key Piece

May 07, 2018

One of the nation’s top health experts shared her vision for better health care with hospital leaders.

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Financial Obstacles Preventing Some Americans from Getting Needed Health Care

April 23, 2018

A new consumer study indicates that many Americans fear the high costs associated with a serious illness more than the illness itself; only 33 percent feared the illness more. Survey findings also identified serious disparities; Hispanic and black Americans and families with lower incomes had greater concerns about medical bills than other Americans did.

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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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