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U.S. HHS Leader Azar Pledges Historic Regulatory Reforms During 2019

March 20, 2019

Federal Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar addressed health care attorneys this week about the role that regulatory reform plays in better health care at a lower cost.

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PA House Committee Dives into DOH and DDAP Budget Requests

February 26, 2019

Appearing before the House Appropriations Committee, the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) faced questioning from members of the committee about the department’s budgetary requests for the 2019–2020 fiscal year.

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House Bill Would Address Problems with Health Professionals’ Credentialing Process

February 22, 2019

HAP is supporting legislation to improve Pennsylvania's credentialing process for health care practitioners. 

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CMS Creates One Medicaid Team; Striving To Be More Effective

February 20, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is integrating the Consortium for Medicaid and Children’s Health Operations (CMCHO) and the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) into one, unified Medicaid team.

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Newly Introduced Federal Legislation Would Offer Flexibility for Rural Hospitals to Meet the Needs of Rural Communities

February 13, 2019

Two new legislative proposals introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would provide flexibility for rural providers to appropriately manage the length of stay of patients served by critical access hospitals and better leverage the clinical workforce to provide care to patients in underserved communities.

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Ease, Convenience, and Choice Outrank Quality of Care, New Survey Reports

January 25, 2019

According to NRC Health’s 2019 Healthcare Consumer Trends Report, 51 percent of the 223,000 patients surveyed in 2018 selected convenience and access to care as the most important factors in their health care decision-making process.

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New CMS Price Transparency Requirements Take Effect; Patients Encouraged to Contact Their Hospitals for More Information

January 02, 2019

A new federal requirement aimed at increasing hospital price transparency took effect January 1, 2019. In its 2019 inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) final rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its guidelines to require that all hospitals in the United States post a list of their standard charges—known as a chargemaster—on their websites in a machine-readable format updated at least annually.

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Federal Court Ruling Blocks Detrimental Payment Cut Impacting 340B Hospitals

December 28, 2018

The D.C. District Court blocked a nearly 30 percent payment cut impacting many hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program—a program that helps hospitals and patients manage the ever-increasing burden of prescription drug costs.

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HAP and Pennsylvania Providers Voice Health Care Consequences of Proposed “Public Charge” Immigration Policy

December 11, 2018

Pennsylvania hospitals and statewide organizations representing health care providers that serve Pennsylvania patients urged federal policymakers to reconsider a proposed immigration policy that will have direct consequences for the health of millions of lawfully present families and, in turn, impact the health of all citizens and communities.

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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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