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Forty Eight Percent of Survey Respondents Support National Health Insurance Program

August 31, 2018

According to the results of PwC’s Health Research Institute survey on national health plans, 48 percent of respondents support a national health insurance program available to all Americans in which physician practices and hospitals would remain private, while 57 percent support expanding Medicaid eligibility to any US resident.

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AHA Calls for Changes to Stark Law to Ensure Greater Patient Care Coordination and Improved Outcomes

August 06, 2018

The American Hospital Association recently sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services calling for exceptions to the Stark Law to enable hospitals and physicians to coordinate care and improve patient outcomes.

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Providers Weigh In on MACRA during U.S. House E&C Hearing

July 26, 2018

Today, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Health Subcommittee held the fourth hearing on progress in the implementation of Medicare payment reforms under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015.

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New Policy Brief Outlines Burdens of Restrictions on Advanced Practice Professionals

July 05, 2018

A recent policy brief published by The Hamilton Project, an economic policy initiative of the Brookings Institution, provides new insight into the ways that limitations in scope of practice are impacting health care in the United States.

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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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Report Details Opioid Overdose Hospitalization Trends, HAP Continues Work to Address Opioid Crisis

June 13, 2018

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) today released a report detailing hospitalization trends related to the opioid overdoses. While the research shows that Pennsylvania is making progress in addressing the opioid crisis, it also highlights the heartbreaking reality that the opioid use disorder touches every part of the state, and all demographic and socioeconomic groups.

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Year One Participation in the Quality Payment Program Exceeded

June 01, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it exceeded its goal for year one participation in the Quality Payment Program, the physician payment model required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, with 91 percent of all clinicians eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System submitting their data for measurement.

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National Rural Health Council Announces Rural Health Strategy

May 08, 2018

A new national rural health strategy aims to make rural health care accessible, affordable, and accountable. The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services Rural Health Council (RHC) developed the strategy with rural stakeholder and consumer input.

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News Release: PHC4 Report Underscores Need for Financially Strong Hospital Community

May 08, 2018

News Release:  The latest analysis from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) underscores the need for the hospital community to remain financially strong.

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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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Comprehensive Care Transitions Help Reduce Readmissions for Heart Attack Patients

April 03, 2018

A study of heart attack patients at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital shows that consistent discharge education and hand-off to non-hospital physicians can decrease by 48 percent the likelihood of sudden, premature return to the hospital after discharge. The research was recently published in the American Journal of Medical Quality.

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National Doctors Day is a Day to Thank Pennsylvania Physicians

March 30, 2018

Thank you to Pennsylvania’s nearly 48,000 physicians, many who are working to improve the health of patients and communities in hospitals and health systems across the state.

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National Survey Results Align with HAP Findings about Growth in Value-based Payments, Key Challenges

February 26, 2018

Two new reports based on surveys of health care leaders nationwide align with findings from HAP’s recent survey about the use of value-based payments in Pennsylvania.

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Changes to MIPS in New Budget Deal

February 13, 2018

Late last week, the U.S. Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 that ended a brief federal government shutdown. Included in the legislation are modifications to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) that will affect physician payments.

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Report Says Out-of-Pocket Costs for Medicare Beneficiaries Will Keep Growing

February 01, 2018

At a time when the aging population is on the rise in Pennsylvania, a Kaiser Family Foundation report estimates that out-of-pocket costs for Medicare beneficiaries are expected to keep rising over the next decade.

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