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Fast Tracked Spending Plan Includes Increase for Critical Access Hospitals, Work on Assessment and State Contribution from QCA Continues

June 20, 2018

The state House of Representatives voted 188 to 10 to send House Bill 2121 (the 2018­­–2019 General Appropriations bill) to the Senate for approval. Included in the measure is an additional $3.4 million to cover increased Medicaid losses suffered by Pennsylvania’s critical access hospitals. Work continues on the Quality Care Assessment.

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IFO Releases State Economic Picture; Hospital QCA Assessment Increase Too High

June 19, 2018

The Pennsylvania Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) released its June 2018 revenue forecast, which points to a more stable state economic picture.

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Governor Proposes Raid on PA Hospital Funds as New Report Says Federal Hospitals Cuts will Total $218.2 Billion by 2028

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. 

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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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1 in 5 Deaths Among Young Adults Linked to Opioids

June 04, 2018

New data published last week in JAMA Network Open details how the opioid crisis has affected certain age groups, and identifies which groups experienced the highest burden of opioid-related deaths during a 15-year period from January 1, 2001, to December 31, 2016.

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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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Financial Obstacles Preventing Some Americans from Getting Needed Health Care

April 23, 2018

A new consumer study indicates that many Americans fear the high costs associated with a serious illness more than the illness itself; only 33 percent feared the illness more. Survey findings also identified serious disparities; Hispanic and black Americans and families with lower incomes had greater concerns about medical bills than other Americans did.

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CEO of J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Talks to State Lawmakers about Important Health Care Priorities

April 18, 2018

“The role of safety net providers in meeting the health care needs of rural underserved populations” was the topic at the 2018 Rural Pennsylvania Legislative Briefing at the Capitol this morning. The bi-cameral, bi-partisan briefing was hosted by Senator Lisa Baker, Majority Chairperson of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee; Representative Kathy Rapp, Majority Chairperson of the Health Committee; and Lisa Davis, Director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health.

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HAP-Supported Bill to Curb Opioids, Reform Workers Comp Sent to Governor

April 17, 2018

Yesterday evening, the Pennsylvania House voted 101-92 to approve HAP-supported legislation to curb the use of opioids by injured workers and to better the commonwealth’s workers’ compensation system.

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JAMA Article Outlines Pennsylvania’s Rural Global Budget Pilot

April 09, 2018

A recent Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) article, “A Path to Sustain Rural Hospitals,” provided an overview of the recent work in Pennsylvania to create a global budget pilot for rural hospitals in the state. During January 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania announced the launch of a new, voluntary program aimed at shifting reimbursement from a fee-for-service model based on volume to a multi-payor global budget methodology focused on population health.

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DHS and DOH Close out State Budget Hearings, Hospital Assessment and Opioids Discussed

March 28, 2018

During state Senate budget hearing, Committee Chair Senator Lisa Baker asked DHS about the administration’s plan to take additional funds from the hospital Quality Care Assessment to help balance the state’s general fund.

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PHC4 Report Underscores the Need for Additional Resources to Address Opioid Epidemic

March 28, 2018

News Release:  The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) today released a research brief about the rise in neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) hospital stays in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania hospitals are working as key partners with state and local government and community organizations to prevent substance use disorder (which reduces the frequency of NAS), to educate the public about the dangers of opioid misuse, and to care for patients.

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As PA Hospitals Adopt Solutions to Address Opioid Crisis, Report Shows Impacts of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

March 28, 2018

The PHC4 brief says hospitalizations for newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome topped 1,900 during 2017. Pennsylvania hospitals are adopting initiatives to help these babies and their mothers. 

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Governor’s Broadband Plan Would Improve Access to Health Care for Pennsylvania Residents

March 27, 2018

Governor Tom Wolf has announced the creation of the Pennsylvania Office of Broadband Initiatives, a new office aimed at expanding high-speed internet access to every Pennsylvanian by the end of 2022. 

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New Report Shows U.S. Health Care Infrastructure Underprepared for Emergencies and Disaster Events

March 21, 2018

A recent report by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security found that the United States’ current health care infrastructure is insufficient to handle a mass disaster. The report outlines four key types of disasters for which health care systems stand to become better prepared.

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