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AHA Principles Set Framework for Surprise Billing Solution; Hospital Groups Offer Support to Federal Leaders

February 21, 2019

The American Hospital Association has developed a set of principles to serve as a guidepost for work with Congress and the Trump Administration to protect patients from surprise billing.

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Ease, Convenience, and Choice Outrank Quality of Care, New Survey Reports

January 25, 2019

According to NRC Health’s 2019 Healthcare Consumer Trends Report, 51 percent of the 223,000 patients surveyed in 2018 selected convenience and access to care as the most important factors in their health care decision-making process.

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New Report Considers Impact of Drug Prices and Shortages on Hospitals and Patient Care

January 23, 2019

As both Congress and the Administration place a focus on exploring policy options to address rising drug prices, a new report identifies challenges facing hospitals and patients in managing the financial burden of increased spending on prescription drugs, and the threat of disruption in access to care resulting from shortages of critical medications.

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PA Hospitals Encouraged to Submit Innovative Programs to 2019 HAP Achievement Awards

January 23, 2019

It’s no secret that Pennsylvania’s health care landscape is changing at an increasingly rapid pace and its hospitals and health systems are rising to that challenge through innovative programs to improve the quality of care, patient experience, and technology to meet the needs of the communities they serve. HAP members are encouraged to review the 2019 Achievement Awards Call for Entries and submit their innovative patient-centered initiatives that improve health care quality and efficiency and the health of their communities by March 1.

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New CMS Price Transparency Requirements Take Effect; Patients Encouraged to Contact Their Hospitals for More Information

January 02, 2019

A new federal requirement aimed at increasing hospital price transparency took effect January 1, 2019. In its 2019 inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) final rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its guidelines to require that all hospitals in the United States post a list of their standard charges—known as a chargemaster—on their websites in a machine-readable format updated at least annually.

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New Guide Helps Patients to Avoid Unexpected Medical Bills

November 07, 2018

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has partnered with the Healthcare Financial Management Association and America's Health Insurance Plans to develop a new consumer guide to help patients ask the right questions to avoid paying more than expected for health care services.

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New Report Focuses on Experiences of the Most Seriously Ill

October 17, 2018

A new report looks at how those with the most serious illnesses are managing in America, and calls on health care providers and insurers to look at underlying issues that impact the outcome of their life experiences.

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Federal Legislation to Improve Prescription Drug Transparency Signed into Law

October 11, 2018

Yesterday, federal legislation that will help American consumers better afford prescription medications was signed by the President. The bipartisan legislation comprised of two bills, the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act and Know the Lowest Price Act of 2018, prohibits “gag clauses” that prevent pharmacists from telling consumers if they could save money by buying prescription drugs out-of-pocket rather than using their health insurance.

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October is Health Literacy Month; Engage for Health for Better Outcomes and a More Positive Experience

October 08, 2018

October is Health Literacy Month and an excellent opportunity to focus on the importance of patient and family literacy toward achieving better patient outcomes and providing a more positive patient experience.

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Federal, State Efforts to Improve Prescription Drug Transparency Move Forward

September 28, 2018

At the federal level, the U.S. House cleared a pair of Senate bills aimed at making it easier for patients to get the lowest price on prescription drugs at the pharmacy counter, sending the legislation to President Donald Trump. At the state level, the Senate Insurance Committee unanimously approved a bill that would do the same, sending the bill to the Senate for consideration.

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Senate Advances Rural Health Redesign Center

September 27, 2018

Yesterday, Senate Bill 1237, which would establish the Pennsylvania Rural Health Redesign Center (RHRC) Authority and the Pennsylvania Rural Health Redesign Center Fund, was passed unanimously by the Senate’s Health & Human Services Committee.

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U.S. Senate Committee Considers Role of Transparency in Addressing Health Care Costs

September 19, 2018

In the fourth hearing in a series exploring how to reduce health care costs, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee dedicated attention to the role of transparency in lowering health care spending and empowering patients. 

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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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