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Governor Proposes Raid on PA Hospital Funds as New Report Says Federal Hospitals Cuts will Total $218.2 Billion by 2028

June 18, 2018

A new report says hospitals across the country will be hit with ongoing federal payment cuts that will total $218.2 billion by 2028. 

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National Health Care Groups Act to Support Health Care Coverage for People with Pre-existing Conditions

June 15, 2018

A group of national hospital, physician, and insurance advocacy groups are taking legal action to protect health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

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Opioid Legislation Remains Top Focus in Washington; Legislation Advancing

June 14, 2018

Action this week in both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate moves the legislative process forward in advancing a package of opioid policies that seek to address multi-faceted elements of the opioid crisis by expanding access to treatment and recovery, promoting prevention strategies, and enhancing law enforcement responses.

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U.S. Senate Hearing Examines Administration’s Blueprint to Lower Prescription Drug Prices

June 13, 2018

In the face of the rising prices of prescription drugs placing an increasing financial burden on patients and hospitals, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar testified before the U.S. Senate on steps the Administration is taking to address drug prices.

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HAP Commends New Federal Effort to Strengthen 340B Drug Pricing Program

June 12, 2018

HAP commends new legislation, the Stretching Entity Resources for Vulnerable (SERV) Communities Act, which makes important enhancements that strengthen the 340B Drug Pricing Program. The 340B program helps hospitals stretch scarce resources to better serve vulnerable patients and communities particularly as the price of prescription drugs places an increasing financial burden on patients and hospitals. 

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Trump Administration Argues that Key Parts of ACA Should be Invalidated

June 08, 2018

Yesterday, the Trump Administration sided with Texas and a coalition of 19 other Republican-led states that filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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U.S. House Committee Considers Health Care Preparedness Policy

June 06, 2018

U.S. House lawmakers today discussed policy approaches to ensure our nation’s health care readiness for wide-ranging challenges, including public health risks such as Ebola and natural disasters, and security threats ranging from cyberattacks to mass casualty events.

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New Medicaid and CHIP Scorecard to include Information on Pennsylvania’s Programs

June 05, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released information late yesterday about a new scorecard for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The new scorecard, which will include state and federally reported measures, expects to increase transparency and accountability, as well as provide information about how states, including Pennsylvania, are managing their programs. 

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1 in 5 Deaths Among Young Adults Linked to Opioids

June 04, 2018

New data published last week in JAMA Network Open details how the opioid crisis has affected certain age groups, and identifies which groups experienced the highest burden of opioid-related deaths during a 15-year period from January 1, 2001, to December 31, 2016.

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Year One Participation in the Quality Payment Program Exceeded

June 01, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it exceeded its goal for year one participation in the Quality Payment Program, the physician payment model required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, with 91 percent of all clinicians eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System submitting their data for measurement.

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Standard & Poor's Says 340B Cuts Could Harm America's Safety Net

May 31, 2018

According to S&P Global Ratings, the impacts of the cuts to the 340B Drug Pricing Program on non-profit hospitals that rely on 340B drug savings will likely weaken their operating performance at a time of already tightening margins. Furthermore, despite the possibility of a successful legal challenge to the cuts, additional proposed program reforms at the federal level could further negatively affect these providers' finances.

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Field Hearing in Bucks County Focuses on Opioid Overutlization in Medicare and Medicaid

May 30, 2018

A field hearing convened by U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, in his capacity as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, provided a forum to explore trends in the utilization of opioids, and federal efforts to reduce opioid overutilization and misuse within the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

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Pennsylvania Rural Global Payment Pilot in Spotlight at Federal Level

May 25, 2018

Pennsylvania’s Rural Global Payment Pilot was featured during a U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing, Rural Health Care in America: Challenges and Opportunities, as an innovative approach to address the challenges of preserving access to care in rural communities.

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CBO Says Repeal of Affordable Care Act Mandate Penalty will Lead to More Uninsured and Higher Premiums

May 24, 2018

The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposed a tax penalty on individuals who failed to fulfill the law’s shared responsibility requirement to secure qualifying health coverage. The individual mandate penalty was created to ensure more people secured access to affordable care and preventive services.  

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U.S. Senate Committee Approves Continuation of Hospital Public Health Preparedness Program

May 23, 2018

A U.S. Senate committee has approved legislation that supports the nation’s emergency preparedness and response capabilities. The bill reauthorizes the Hospital Preparedness Program for five years. 

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