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New Joint Commission Pain Management Guidelines Designed to Combat Opioid Crisis

September 06, 2017

In response to the opioid crisis, the Joint Commission—one of the nation’s largest health care accreditation organizations—has released new pain assessment and management standards, effective January 1. The commission accredits and certifies the majority of hospitals and health systems in Pennsylvania, where the opioid crisis has hit especially hard.

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South Central Hospitals and Health Care Providers Meet to Improve Emergency Preparedness

August 09, 2017

South Central Pennsylvania health care preparedness officials met in Harrisburg to kick off the region’s new Health Care Coalition, which focuses on improving emergency preparedness across the health care delivery system. 

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Pennsylvania Recognized for Top-Performing Rural Critical Access Hospitals

July 21, 2017

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recognized Pennsylvania’s rural Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) this week for achieving the highest quality reporting rates and improved performance during the past year. Pennsylvania is among ten top-performing states that were recognized under HRSA’s Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project. HAP commends the state’s CAHs for their achievement in earning HRSA’s recognition.

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U.S. House Asserts Oversight of the 340B Drug Pricing Program

July 18, 2017

In a Congressional hearing today—Examining HRSA’s Oversight of the 340B Drug Pricing Program—members of the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee discussed the intent of the 340B Drug Pricing Program, oversight by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and potential areas for legislative action by Congress.

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HAP Member Hospitals Recognized for Leveraging Health Information Technology

July 17, 2017

The 19th annual Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems survey conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks recognizes more than 450 hospitals and health systems across the nation for successfully integrating information technology (IT) into their operations. HAP applauds the achievements of these hospitals and continues to support of the adoption of standards-based electronic health records and health information exchange. 

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PA House Approves Two Health Care-Related Bills

June 20, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives considered two pieces of legislation addressing the safety of health care practitioners and a measure to help curb the opioid crisis.

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Bill to Improve Stroke Care in PA Signed into Law

June 13, 2017

Governor Wolf has signed House Bill 23 into law. Act 4 of 2017 ensures that patients are taken to stroke centers that deliver appropriate levels of care. 

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Social Security Numbers to be Removed from all Medicare Cards by April 2019

May 31, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards and is on schedule to begin mailing new Medicare beneficiary cards during April 2018.

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House Votes Unanimously to Advance Baker Credentialing Legislation

May 24, 2017

Earlier today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted 190-0 to advance House Health Committee Chairman Matt Baker’s (R-Tioga) landmark legislation to reform the physician credentialing process in the commonwealth.

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Stroke Center Update Legislation Heads to Governor for Signature

May 23, 2017

As Stroke Awareness Month comes to an end, the Pennsylvania Senate voted unanimously to update the stroke designation law, ensuring that patients are taken to stroke centers that deliver the appropriate level of care.

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Start of Joint Replacement Model and 340B Final Rule Delayed

May 19, 2017

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that further delays to January 1 the start date for its Cardiac and Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Bundled Payment Model. In addition, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) delayed to October 1 the effective date of its final rule on 340B drug ceiling prices and civil monetary penalties for manufacturers.

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DHS Creates New PASRR Website

May 19, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) has created a new website to assist hospitals in completing the Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) for patients being discharged to a Medicaid-certified nursing facility. The PASRR process is a federal requirement to assess the patient’s needs to ensure the most appropriate setting.

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Quality Assurance Group Makes Changes to Evaluation of Patient-Centered Medical Home Program

April 11, 2017

The National Committee for Quality Assurance introduced changes to its Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition program to increase provider flexibility and move to an annual check-in process.

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Main Line Health to Participate in National Pursuing Equity Initiative

April 10, 2017

Main Line Health has agreed to participate in a two-year initiative led by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement aimed at reducing inequities in health and health care access, treatment, and outcomes. 

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State House Health Committee Passes Bill to Streamline Physician Credentialing

April 04, 2017

After debate as well as questions from members of the committee, Pennsylvania’s House Health Committee voted to advance House Bill 125, the Health Care Practitioner Credentialing Act. The HAP-supported legislation would establish a streamlined process for insurance credentialing for health care practitioners.

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