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Opioid Efforts Advance in Washington: U.S. Senate Passes Comprehensive Policy Package and Opioid Investments

September 18, 2018

The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan policy package aimed at stemming the opioid epidemic, and separately, a funding bill that includes nearly $4 billion in related resources. Policies included in the package are intended to improve access to treatment, bolster the behavioral and mental health workforce, and take tangible actions to prevent opioid misuse.

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Pennsylvania Hospitals Preparing for Peak Hurricane Season

September 13, 2018

With hurricane season entering its peak, and Hurricane Florence projected to make landfall tomorrow, Pennsylvania’s health care community is closely monitoring the next round of hurricanes that could impact the commonwealth.

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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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Hospitals Refile Lawsuit to Reverse 340B Cuts

September 05, 2018

Several national provider organizations and three hospital plaintiffs refiled their lawsuit to reverse Medicare payment cuts for many hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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New Report Highlights Providers’ Perspectives about Health Care Disruption

September 05, 2018

Reaction Data recently secured feedback from nearly a hundred health care and hospital leaders about health care disrupters, emerging technologies, and partnership activity. Their Healthcare Disruption report reveals insights about the ever-changing health care landscape.

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State Cancels Process to Find Community HealthChoices Vendor; Will Revise Needs and Issue New RFP

September 04, 2018

Two state departments are cancelling their Request for Procurement seeking a vendor to facilitate eligibility and enrollment for the Community HealthChoices Program and other long-term services and supports  programs. 

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Telemedicine Support in Skilled Nursing Facilities Can Prevent Avoidable Hospitalizations

August 24, 2018

In a recent case study about the use of telemedicine after hours in a skilled nursing facility, 29 percent of the patients that were evaluated by a doctor using telemedicine were able to avoid a hospital visit, with an estimated savings of about $1.55 million during a one-year period.

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HAP Calls for Modernizing Stark Law to Promote Care Coordination

August 23, 2018

The 1989 physician self-referral law or “Stark Law”—which was designed to address overutilization in a fee-for-service environment—is antiquated and must be modernized to meet the objectives of the new value-based payment system, which rewards quality over quantity of care. In a comment letter issued today, HAP endorsed efforts to modernize Stark Law to enable hospitals and physicians to coordinate care and improve patient outcomes. 

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Pennsylvania Receives Federal Funding Award to Strengthen Health Insurance Market

August 22, 2018

This week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced approximately $8.6 million in funding awards to 30 U.S. states and the District of Columbia to help stabilize and strengthen health insurance markets. Pennsylvania is among the states and received a federal award of $290,203.01. 

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New Program Seeks to Address Rural Physician Shortage in Northeast PA

August 21, 2018

Pennsylvania’s 42 rural hospitals face challenges unique to the communities they serve, with patients incurring barriers to their access to care including long transit times, physician shortages, and facility closures due to financial difficulties. One Pennsylvania health system is prioritizing rural care delivery by offering a new residency program specifically designed to address the needs of rural communities.

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September is Sepsis Awareness Month: Help Educate Your Patients and Your Community

August 20, 2018

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that, without immediate treatment, can quickly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and even death. According to the Sepsis Alliance, more than 1.7 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed each year with sepsis—one every 20 seconds.

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New Report Looks at Correlation Between Disabilities, Health Care Disparities, and Population Health Efforts

August 16, 2018

According to a report in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, one in four U.S. adults (61 million) have a disability that impacts major life activities. CDC specialists say that if we can learn more about this population, we can better meet their health needs.

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Low-Cost Health Insurance Options Get Mixed Reviews

August 15, 2018

Discussions around health insurance options that were previously prohibited or limited under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue to draw mixed reactions from industry experts, consumer advocates, and state and federal officials.

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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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National Immunization Awareness Month; Know the Facts

August 10, 2018

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), an annual observance established to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. NIAM is sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition, in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

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