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June 22, 2018
Members in both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to exercise its authority to the fullest extent possible to address drug shortages.
The Independent Regulatory Review Commission is scheduled to consider a rule addressing supplemental disinfection to health care facilities’ water supplies.
The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel has announced a new online consumer survey designed to solicit the “voice of the patient.”
June 21, 2018
News Release: Joe Tibbs has been hired as the president of HAPevolve, a for-profit subsidiary company of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP). HAP also hired Mary Akyol as HAPevolve’s manager, client services.
For a second straight week, legislative activity on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives centered on advancing policy to tackle the opioid crisis that is gripping communities across the nation, particularly in Pennsylvania.
June 20, 2018
A newly finalized policy will expand the ability for employers to join together in an employer group or association to offer employer-sponsored health care coverage through “association health plans".
The state Senate unanimously approved Senator Jay Costa's (D-Allegheny) legislation to formally allow the Pennsylvania Department of Health to declare a public health emergency.
June 19, 2018
The Pennsylvania Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) released its June 2018 revenue forecast, which points to a more stable state economic picture.
During a hearing before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, the federal agency in charge of the 340B Drug Discount Program outlined how the program works and provided an overview of steps that have been taken to strengthen oversight.
June 18, 2018
A new report says hospitals across the country will be hit with ongoing federal payment cuts that will total $218.2 billion by 2028.
June 13, 2018
Hospitals and consumers played a key role in getting a telemedicine bill approved that will expand access to health care. Today, the Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 780, sponsored by Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver).
June 08, 2018
Yesterday, the Trump Administration sided with Texas and a coalition of 19 other Republican-led states that filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a VitalSigns monthly report highlighting the increasing rate of suicide across the nation. It states that suicide rates have increased in almost every state from 1999 through 2016. In Pennsylvania, the suicide rate increased 34.3 percent; a startling statistic that underscores the pressing need for more focused attention on behavioral health care services.
This morning, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) announced it awarded nearly $8 million in onboarding grant funds to increase efficiency in health care service delivery to Medicaid patients through health information exchange.
Today is the second annual Hospitals Against Violence Hope (#HAVhope) Friday, a national designation to increase awareness about violence and focus on ending it, in communities, workplaces, and at home.