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Mental Illness Awareness Week Emphasizes Screening and Eliminating Stigma

October 10, 2018

During 1990, Congress established Mental Illness Awareness Week. The first week in October marks a time for mental health advocates to collectively educate the public about mental illness and fight the stigma attached to this illness. The week also includes National Depression Screening Day, dedicated to raising awareness and screening people for depression and related mood and anxiety disorders.

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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 Opioid Policy Package Clears Congress for Enactment into Law

October 04, 2018

After months of legislative attention and policy negotiation, Congress passed new legislation to address the opioid epidemic.

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New Study Reinforces Importance of Appropriate Reimbursement for Hospital-level Care

October 03, 2018

A new study exploring the characteristics of Medicare patients receiving care in hospital outpatient departments reinforces concerns that new payment proposals—which would significantly cut hospital payments—could threaten access to care for the most vulnerable patients and communities.

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CMS Launches eMedicare Initiative to Expand Online Resources

October 02, 2018

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a new resource to offer Medicare beneficiaries and their families easier access to more information about their plan and coverage.

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PA Receives $55.9 Million in Federal Funds to Continue Fight Opioid Epidemic

September 28, 2018

Last week, Pennsylvania secured $55.9 million federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant implementation the state’s response to the opioid epidemic. This funding complements two $26.5 million grants that have been received during the past two years from SAMHSA as part of the 21st Century CURES Act. With the new SAMHSA grant, Pennsylvania has received a total of $108 million in federal funding to fight the opioid epidemic.

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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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Pennsylvania’s Telemedicine Bill Moves to House for Consideration

September 27, 2018

Earlier this week, the House Professional Licensure Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 780 (Vogel, R-Beaver), telemedicine legislation. The bill now moves to the House for consideration. Please email your lawmaker today and ask that they support Senate Bill 780.

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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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HAP Issues Statement on House Professional Licensure Committee Approval of Telemedicine Bill

September 24, 2018

News Release: Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement after the Pennsylvania House Professional Licensure Committee today voted unanimously to approve Senate Bill 780, which would define telemedicine, provide consumer protections for it, and expand insurance coverage for telemedicine services.

 

 

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New Census Reporting Confirms that PA’s Uninsured Rate Held Steady at 5.5% for 2017; Cuts to Navigator Funding Pose Challenges for 2019 Open Enrollment

September 17, 2018

The U.S. Census Bureau last week announced good news for Pennsylvania’s health care. Despite uncertainty stemming from federal policy actions that could have undermined marketplace enrollment during 2017, Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate held steady at a low 5.5 percent.

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Telemedicine Applications, Benefits Highlighted at House Professional Licensure Hearing

September 12, 2018

Several members of Pennsylvania’s hospital community participated in today’s state House Professional Licensure Committee hearing about Senate Bill 780 (Vogel), telemedicine legislation.

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House Committee Hearing Addresses Value of Telemedicine in PA; Need for Coverage Consistency

September 12, 2018

News Release:  Members of Pennsylvania’s hospital community were in Harrisburg today to appear before a key state House of Representatives panel to discuss the value of telemedicine in patient care.

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HAP Outlines Priorities for Physician Payment Policy

September 11, 2018

This week, HAP provided feedback for newly proposed policies that will impact how physicians are paid and seek to promote the goals of an initiative to encourage providers to focus on “Patients over Paperwork.”

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Legislation Championed by Senator Casey to Support Training of Pediatricians Poised to Become Law

September 06, 2018

The U.S. Senate approved legislation, spearheaded by U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D, PA), that will support and reinforce the training of pediatricians and pediatric specialists.

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