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Legislation Clarifying Opioid Reporting Requirements Passes Committee

December 06, 2017

The House Human Services Committee passed legislation, Senate Bill 728, to exempt epilepsy drugs from the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program requirements. The prime sponsor, Senator Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), indicated that policymakers have been made aware of the non-narcotic/non-opioid and non-addictive nature of these drugs.

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Federal Rebalancing Demonstration Report Released: Improved Quality, Reduced Costs

December 06, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its report to the President and Congress regarding the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration, a program established by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.

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News Release: 7 Philadelphia-Area Health Systems Collaborate to Address Hunger

November 27, 2017

News Release: As the holiday season approaches, hundreds of thousands of families in the greater Philadelphia region are without consistent access to the nutritious food necessary to lead healthy lives. This serious condition, known as food insecurity, contributes to poor health, including the development or worsening of chronic diseases such as diabetes.

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Pennsylvania Sees 100,000 Insurance Sign-ups During First Three Weeks; PA Hospitals Urge Consumers to Continue Signing Up for Health Care Coverage

November 22, 2017

During the first three weeks of open enrollment (November 1–18), Pennsylvania has had 101,286 plan selections for health insurance enrollment. Nearly 800,000 people have selected health plans using the HealthCare.gov platform. This puts nationwide open enrollment selections near 2.3 million during the first three weeks of open enrollment, including more than 550,000 new consumers.

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HAP Hosts Webinar about IV Fluids and Medication Shortages

November 20, 2017

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) recently hosted a webinar, “Insights for Medical Considerations in Management of the Growing IV and Medication Shortage" in response to the shortages of IV fluids.

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PA Launches New Website to Connect Patients to Community Based Services and Supports

November 20, 2017

The Wolf Administration has launched the Pennsylvania Link to Community Care website, which seeks to connect older Pennsylvanians and individuals with a disability or behavioral health need to services and supports available in their community.

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Survey Shows the Importance of Pricing Transparency for Both Patients and Providers

November 17, 2017

New survey results from Accenture indicate that, while only about a quarter of health care providers can provide out-of-pocket cost information to consumers prior to a procedure, 91 percent of patients want the information. In addition, almost half of the consumers surveyed would switch to a different provider in order to get it.

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Today is World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day

November 16, 2017

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) has named November 16 as World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day to heighten awareness about the serious implications of pressure injuries. An estimated 60,000 people in the United States die annually from complications stemming from pressure injuries, with pressure injury costs approaching $11 billion per year. 

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Individual Mandate Repeal Included in U.S. Senate Tax Reform Legislation

November 15, 2017

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee has included policy in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that would, in effect, repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate by eliminating the penalty that individuals who do not maintain health coverage must pay.

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Diabetes Admissions in Pennsylvania Up 13% Since 2000

November 15, 2017

Between 2000 and 2016, Pennsylvania hospital admissions with a principal diagnosis of diabetes have grown from 21,528 to 24,283—a 13 percent increase—according to a research brief released today by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4). In-hospital mortality for patients hospitalized for diabetes declined from 1.5 percent during 2000, to 0.5 percent during 2016.

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Senate Committee Considers House Health-Related Legislation

November 14, 2017

This week, the Pennsylvania Senate returned to session after briefly breaking following the final passage of state budget legislation. Today, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee resumed business by considering three different legislative proposals.

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Pennsylvania Awarded Federal Grant to Support Evidence-Based Home Visit Programs

November 14, 2017

Governor Wolf today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services received a federal grant of $11.7 million in support of a state program that benefits Pennsylvania’s families.

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AHA Report: Regulatory Burdens Cost Hospitals $39 Billion Annually

November 13, 2017

A recent American Hospital Association (AHA) report quantifies the impact of regulatory burden on our nation’s hospitals and post-acute care facilities. The report, Regulatory Overload, details the cost to providers of complying with an ever-changing array of new and existing regulations that don’t improve patient care, but increase the cost of care.

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HAP Thanks State’s Veterans for Their Service, Highlights Health Systems’ Veterans Health Programs

November 10, 2017

HAP thanks Pennsylvania's veterans for their service and sacrifices to protect our freedom. The association and its members recognize that, as a result of these sacrifices, our veterans and their families sometimes need additional support, including help for health care challenges.

 

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Insurance Department Warns Consumers About “Off-Marketplace” Insurance Plans

November 09, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Acting Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman yesterday released an alert asking Pennsylvanians to be cautious about 2018 health insurance plans available for sale outside of the federal Healthcare.gov marketplace. Health plans that are not compliant with Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements could result in a tax penalty and ineligibility for federal tax credits.

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