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New Federal Dollars to Help States Address Opioid Crisis; Focus Aligns with HAP Opioid Learning Action Network Goals

September 05, 2019

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced more than $1.8 billion in funding to states to assist with the opioid crisis. 

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AHA Highlights Progress and Opportunities for Regulatory Relief

August 23, 2019

In a letter sent to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seem Verma earlier this month, the American Hospital Association (AHA) highlighted both progress and additional opportunities for federal policymakers to achieve regulatory reforms that reduce administrative complexity and streamline duplicative, antiquated, and contradictory provider regulations.

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HAP Endorses Federal Effort to Protect Patients from Delays in Care, Lauds Rep. Mike Kelly’s Efforts to Standardize Prior Authorization

August 22, 2019

HAP has joined more than 300 patient, physician, health care professional, and other health care stakeholder organizations in expressing support for bipartisan legislation that would help protect patients from unnecessary delays in care.

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CMS to Overhaul Hospital Star Ratings in 2021

August 19, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced plans to update, during 2021, the methodology used to determine the Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings published on the Hospital Compare website. CMS will use the current methodology to refresh the ratings during early 2020.

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CMS Reports Show Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace is Declining among Those Who Do Not Receive Subsidies

August 16, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this week released two reports that identify trends in the individual health insurance marketplace (also known as the exchange) for 2018, and provide insight about the market for 2019. 

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security Issues “Public Charge” Final Rule

August 14, 2019

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security this week issued a final rule that would impact the ability of lawfully present immigrants to change or prolong their legal immigration status if the federal government determines that they may rely too much on public benefits.  

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CMS Builds on Success of Medicare Blue Button 2.0, Pilots Program to Give Clinicians Claims Data

August 01, 2019

A new federal pilot program will give clinicians direct access to claims data, a critical step to improving patient care.

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Extension of “Excellence in Mental Health” Demonstration Program is Good News for PA

July 31, 2019

Congress passed a short-term extension of a critical behavioral health demonstration program to expand access to mental health and addiction care in community-based settings. Eight pilot states, including Pennsylvania, are impacted.

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Proposed Federal Rule Could Cut SNAP Benefits to Millions, Increase Food Insecurity

July 23, 2019

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced an upcoming a proposed rule that would limit its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), saving the department a reported $2.5 billion annually and cutting benefits to some three million people.

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Public Health Priorities, Drug Price Transparency and Surprise Medical Billing Legislation Advance through U.S. House Committee

July 19, 2019

This week, the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee vetted and approved a panel of bills aimed at promoting public health priorities, protecting...

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PA Hospital Rural Residency Program Receives Federal Recognition, Grant Funding

July 18, 2019

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Lehigh Valley Health Network participated in an event that announced a grant to fund a new rural residency program in the commonwealth.

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New Proposal Seeks to Fund Broadband to Boost Telemedicine in Rural Areas

July 16, 2019

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced that it is seeking comment about its proposed Connected Care Pilot, a program that would help address a key barrier to implementing telemedicine in some rural areas—broadband access.

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President Trump Signs Kidney Health Executive Order, Announces New Kidney Treatment Payment Bundle

July 15, 2019

Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to launch the “Advancing American Kidney Health” initiative. The three-pronged executive order is aimed at revamping the way America treats kidney disease.

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News Release: HAP Commends Philadelphia-area Hospitals, Government, Universities for Coming Together to Respond to Hospital Closure

July 09, 2019

Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), today released the following statement regarding the hospital community’s response to the announced closure of Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia.

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Health Care Costs Legislation Moves Toward Committee Consideration; Includes Patient Protections

June 20, 2019

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee took steps to advance a package of policies that address health care costs—including a policy to protect patients from surprise medical bills.

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