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March 22, 2017

News Release: In a letter to the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation, Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), highlighted the profound implications of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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CMS Delays New Bundled Payments, Again

March 21, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted notice of its intent to further delay the implementation of new cardiac bundled payment models and the expansion of the existing joint replacement bundle until May 20, 2017. This delay comes after an initial postponement from January 21 to March 21, 2017, as a result of the 60-day regulatory freeze by the Trump Administration.

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Medicaid Redesign Expert, Seema Verma, Receives Hearing to Serve as Head of CMS

February 16, 2017

In a hearing today, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee considered the nomination of Seema Verma—an experienced health care policy consultant who has championed redesign of Medicaid in several states—as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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CMS Delays New Bundled Payment Models

February 16, 2017

Citing the “Regulatory Freeze”, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is delaying the implementation of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) new bundled payment models and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) final rule on confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records.

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PA Attorney General Joins 15 Other Attorneys General in Amicus Brief Regarding Executive Order on Immigration; Brief Cites Impact on Medical Institutions

February 07, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro joined with 15 other Democratic attorney generals in an amicus brief supporting Washington state’s lawsuit against President Trump’s executive order on immigration. The amicus brief calls for upholding the federal court decision to temporarily restrain the order and to deny the federal government’s emergency motion for a stay.

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PA House Votes to Send Stroke Center Update Legislation to Senate

February 07, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted unanimously to send House Bill 23 to the Senate. Sponsored by State Representative Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh), HB 23 makes changes to the state’s stroke center law.

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340B Omnibus Guidance Withdrawn

February 02, 2017

On January 30, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) withdrew its 340B Program Omnibus Guidance, commonly referred to as the "340B Mega-Guidance."

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Governor Proposes Consolidating State Agencies, Citing Improved Delivery of Health and Welfare Services

January 30, 2017

Governor Tom Wolf announced a plan to consolidate four state agencies—Aging, Health, Human Services, and Drug and Alcohol Programs—under a proposed state Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that would oversee the state’s health and welfare programs.

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FTC Acting Chair Advocates for Health Care Policies––Emphasizes Importance of Telehealth

January 27, 2017

The new acting chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Maureen Ohlhausen, has laid out her positions about several health care policies to improve the health care delivery system.

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PA House Health Committee Votes to Revamp PA Stroke Center Law

January 24, 2017

During the first House Health Committee meeting of the new legislative session, House Bill 23, which makes changes to the state’s stroke center law, was voted out of committee unanimously.

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First Actions by Trump Administration Place Focus on Affordable Care Act

January 23, 2017

In one of his first acts after being sworn in as the 45th president, President Trump signed an executive order outlining the broad policy direction of the new Administration with respect to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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New Poll Results: Few Americans Want the ACA Repealed Without Replacement Details in Place

January 09, 2017

With the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in question, recent poll results from the Kaiser Family Foundation indicate that, while health care is among the top issues that Americans want action taken on by the new Administration, the public is divided about repealing the law.

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Congressman Costello Named to U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee

January 05, 2017

Congressman Ryan Costello (R, PA-06) was selected to serve on the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee which is vested with broad legislative jurisdiction including health, commerce, energy, environmental, and telecommunications policy. The Committee will play a pivotal role, particularly with respect to reforms to the Medicaid program, as Congress contemplates repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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VA Takes Significant Step to Increase Vets’ Access to Health Care; Grants Full Practice Authority to Certain Advanced Practice Nurses

December 14, 2016

In an effort to increase veterans’ access to primary care, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has finalized a rule that will allow certain advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) to practice to the full extent of their education and training in VA facilities.

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Implementation of Federal Overtime Rule Temporarily Blocked

November 29, 2016

In May 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final rule making changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s regulations governing overtime payment eligibility and how employers classify their exempt and non-exempt employees. Although implementation was scheduled for December 1, nationwide emergency preliminary injunctive relief has been granted.

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