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Bipartisan Governors Call for Consensus and Focus on Value in Health Care Reform

February 23, 2018

Governors John Hickenlooper (D, CO), John Kasich (R, OH), Brian Sandoval (R, NV), Bill Walker (I, AK), and Tom Wolf (D, PA) issued a new health care blueprint outlining bipartisan principles and strategies to improve our nation’s health care system by promoting affordability, stability, and flexibility.

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Congress Reviews Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request for Health & Human Services

February 15, 2018

In a series of budget hearings before U.S. House and U.S. Senate committees, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar defended the newly proposed fiscal year (FY) 2019 HHS budget request.

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U.S. House Committee Hears Academic Perspectives on Health Care Market Dynamics

February 14, 2018

In a hearing before the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee, federal lawmakers heard testimony from academic scholars about the forces that result in consolidation within the health care market and the impact of those market dynamics.

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Changes to MIPS in New Budget Deal

February 13, 2018

Late last week, the U.S. Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 that ended a brief federal government shutdown. Included in the legislation are modifications to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) that will affect physician payments.

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President Issues Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request

February 12, 2018

President Trump released a $4 trillion federal fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget request which defines funding priorities for discretionary spending and outlines legislative proposals. The budget proposal places a focus on tackling the opioid epidemic and addressing drug prices, and envisions significant policy changes to Medicare, Medicaid, and the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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News Release: U.S. Congress Includes Key Hospital Priorities in Spending Plan

February 09, 2018

News Release:  Early this morning, the U.S. Congress passed legislation that raises the debt ceiling, reallocates the current budget caps for defense and domestic discretionary programs, and temporarily funds the government through March 23. The spending plan also contains several hospital priorities.

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PA Sees More Than 389,000 Open Enrollment Sign-ups During 2017; Hospitals Play Key Role

February 09, 2018

Despite the shortened health insurance Open Enrollment period, November 1, 2017–December 15, 2017, Pennsylvania was able to pull in 389,081 health insurance sign-ups.

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Federal Lawmakers Urge Action on Intravenous Saline Shortages

February 07, 2018

Federal lawmakers sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expressing concern about nationwide drug shortages, and calling for actions to address current IV saline shortages.

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New Data Reveals More Rural Hospitals Losing Money

February 07, 2018

During the National Rural Health Association’s 2018 rural health policy institute, new data was presented that reveals that the number of rural hospitals losing money grew to 44 percent over the last year.

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American Hospital Association Refutes Recent 340B Study

February 05, 2018

An American Hospital Association blog responds to a recent study about the340B Drug Pricing Program, questioning its validity.  

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Report Says Out-of-Pocket Costs for Medicare Beneficiaries Will Keep Growing

February 01, 2018

At a time when the aging population is on the rise in Pennsylvania, a Kaiser Family Foundation report estimates that out-of-pocket costs for Medicare beneficiaries are expected to keep rising over the next decade.

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New Trend Reports Speak to the Nation’s Broken Medical Liability System

January 31, 2018

The American Medical Association has released trend reports that look at the price Americans pay for the nation’s medical liability system.

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Second U.S. Senate Hearing on Preparedness and Response Highlights Health Care Providers’ Perspectives

January 23, 2018

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D, PA) served as the Ranking Member overseeing the second in a series of hearings by the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee that will lay the foundation for the reauthorization of the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA).

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27 Providers to PA Congressional Delegation: Act Now on Essential Policy Matters

January 18, 2018

Members of Congress face a January 19 deadline to provide full or partial funding for the federal government. As negotiations continue, a number of outstanding issues important to Pennsylvania’s health care community remain unfinished. Yesterday, health care providers serving Pennsylvania patients and families presented a unified voice that Congress should immediately act “on a series of health care policy matters that are essential to maintaining access to health insurance coverage and care for Pennsylvania families.”

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U.S. Senate Hearing on Preparedness and Response; U.S. Senator Casey Spearheads Pandemic and All Hazards Reauthorization

January 18, 2018

During the first of a two-part series of hearings, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee reviewed the nation’s preparedness and response capabilities to address public health threats, and laid the foundation as Congress pursues the second reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA).

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