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Governor’s “Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week” Includes Distribution of Free Naloxone

December 10, 2018

Governor Tom Wolf kicked off “Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week,” a statewide initiative to distribute naloxone and get help for residents suffering from opioid-use disorder.

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U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, Labor Release Health Care Competition Report

December 04, 2018

In fulfillment of an October, 2017, presidential Executive Order, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor today released a report intended to make recommendations that would facilitate a high-quality, affordable health care system by promoting choice and competition.

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Hospitals Seek Policy Changes to Remove Barriers to Quality Improvement Efforts

October 26, 2018

Hospitals and health systems have made great strides to improve quality of care, such as reductions in hospital-acquired infections and early elective deliveries.  

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New Health Care Codes for Human Trafficking will Help Plan Treatment and Build Services

October 09, 2018

Recently, several new ICD-10 codes took effect that allow health providers to report suspected or known cases of different kinds of trafficking including labor trafficking and sex trafficking. Health care providers are often among the first or single points of connection for these individuals. 

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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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AHA Calls for Changes to Stark Law to Ensure Greater Patient Care Coordination and Improved Outcomes

August 06, 2018

The American Hospital Association recently sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services calling for exceptions to the Stark Law to enable hospitals and physicians to coordinate care and improve patient outcomes.

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DEP Delivers Final Rule to IRRC—Addresses Supplemental Disinfection to Health Care Facilities’ Water Supplies

June 22, 2018

The Independent Regulatory Review Commission is scheduled to consider a rule addressing supplemental disinfection to health care facilities’ water supplies.

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U.S. Senate Committee Discusses Oversight of 340B Drug Discount Program

June 19, 2018

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.

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U.S. Senate Committee Considers Impact of 340B Program in Helping Hospitals Serve Their Communities in the Face of High Drug Prices

May 15, 2018

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a second hearing on the 340B Drug Pricing Program to examine its federal oversight and consider avenues to strengthen program integrity and promote transparency.

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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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HAP Notes Important Role of Surgical Technologists, Raises Concerns about Certification Bill

April 11, 2018

Today, HAP participated in a public hearing about House Bill 1805 (Ward, R-Hollidaysburg), legislation that would require surgical technologists to be certified and undergo annual continuing education.

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PA Enrollees to Begin Receiving New Medicare Cards

April 02, 2018

Starting this May, Medicare enrollees in Pennsylvania will be among the first to receive their new Medicare cards using unique, 11-character Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBI) to replace the previous Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICN) based on Social Security Numbers.

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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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Senate Banking and Insurance Committee Recommends Acting Insurance Commissioner, Full Senate Follows with Confirmation Vote; Also Confirms Miller, Levine, and Smith

March 20, 2018

Acting Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman received a favorable recommendation from the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee today, paving the way for her final confirmation vote late this afternoon.

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Senate Health and Human Services Committee Advances Four Bills Impacting Health

March 20, 2018

Earlier today, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee reported four bills intended to improve access to care, improve data collection on a key public health concern, and evaluate how the commonwealth protects the health and welfare of children.

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