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Pennsylvania Tightens Medication Rules to Help Combat Opioid Crisis

March 07, 2017

Yesterday, Governor Wolf announced increased regulatory oversight by Department of Human Services (DHS) to ensure appropriate utilization of medically assisted treatment (MAT) by Medicaid providers. 

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PA Departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs Outline 2017–2018 Budget Needs; Make Case for Consolidation

March 01, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Physician General, Dr. Rachel Levine, and the Acting Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), Jennifer Smith, joined Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Karen Murphy in providing testimony to the PA House Appropriations Committee yesterday afternoon. During the hearing, all three faced questions from members of the committee concerning the budget and other initiatives within the two departments.

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House Labor and Industry Committee Holds Hearing on Drug Prescribing in Workers Compensation Program

February 17, 2017

Members of the Pennsylvania House Labor and Industry Committee heard testimony from various stakeholders on House Bill 18, introduced by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh), aimed at reducing opioid abuse within the Workers’ Compensation Program.

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Evidence of Growing Opioid Epidemic Continues

December 23, 2016

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association have each issued reports that provide growing evidence of a growing opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania and across the nation.

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HAP Launches Effort to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

December 15, 2016

HAP—through its Hospital Improvement Innovation Network and in partnership with The Health Care Improvement Foundation and Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network—has launched a three-year effort to reduce hospital readmissions.

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PA Budget Secretary Presents Mid-Year Budget Briefing About State’s Fiscal Status

December 14, 2016

During June, the Governor signed a $31.5 billion budget for the 2016–2017 fiscal year. As is customary, the Budget Secretary, Randy Albright, presented a mid-year budget briefing about the state’s fiscal status.

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HAP Leader Helps Create Hospital Guide to Ensure Health Care Services in Vulnerable Rural, Urban Communities

November 29, 2016

News Release:  A new report issued by the American Hospital Association (AHA) addresses ways in which hospitals can help ensure access to essential health care services in vulnerable rural and urban communities. 

Andy Carter, president and chief executive officer of HAP, serves on the 29-person health care leader task force that developed the report.The task force met with policymakers and hospital and community leaders during a 15-month period to identify essential health services, strategies to meet community needs, and barriers to those strategies.

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3,383 Overdose deaths for Pennsylvania in 2015, Almost Three Times More Than Traffic Fatalities

November 23, 2016

According to an analysis by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Philadelphia Field Division, in 2015 Pennsylvania reported 3,383 drug-related overdose deaths. This represents a 23 percent increase from the previous year. The number of overdose deaths for Pennsylvania is 2.8 times more than traffic fatalities in 2015 (1,200).

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Governor Wolf Declares ‘Rural Health in Pennsylvania Week’

November 18, 2016

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf declared November 14–18 as Rural Health in Pennsylvania Week to draw attention to the wide range of issues impacting rural health care, including the critical role of Pennsylvania’s rural health care providers, including its 15 critical access hospitals. 

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Surgeon General Issues Report on Substance Abuse in America

November 18, 2016

The U.S. surgeon general released Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, a comprehensive report detailing the state of substance abuse in America and proposing sustainable solutions to address the public health crisis.

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New Leadership Platform for Senator Casey to Represent Pennsylvania Seniors

November 17, 2016

U.S. Senator Bob Casey has been selected to serve as the Ranking Member for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging for the 115th Congress. The Committee exercises oversight of federal programs and policies impacting older Americans including Medicare, Social Security, and the Older Americans Act.

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Report Finds Gaps in Coverage between Mental Health Care and Other Medical Care

November 16, 2016

A recent report by the National Alliance on Mental Illness focusing on the gap between health insurance coverage for mental health and substance abuse conditions and other medical conditions found that people with insurance had more difficulty locating in-network providers and facilities for mental health care compared to general or specialty medical care. Because of this, many of these individuals incurred greater costs for their care.  

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New Study: More Than Half of All Americans Have at Least One Chronic Health Concern

November 08, 2016

Newly published study results show that a little more than half of U.S. adults have at least one chronic health condition, including mental health disorders and substance use/dependence issues.

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Congressman Pat Meehan Earns Health Care Leadership Award

November 07, 2016

News Release: The Delaware Valley Healthcare Council (DVHC) of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) announced the recipient of its 2016 Distinguished Leadership Award, U.S. Congressman Pat Meehan (R-PA 7), in honor of his leadership in Washington, DC, to support and improve health care in Pennsylvania. 

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Final OPPS Rule Addresses EHR Adoption, Behavioral Health, and Pain Management

November 03, 2016

In addition to implementing the new "site-neutral" payment policy, the calendar year 2017 Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system final rule provides additional flexibility in the adoption of electronic health record (EHR) technology, expands the availability of behavioral health services, and addresses potential unintended consequences of pain management efforts.

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