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Stroke Center Update Legislation Receives Senate Committee Vote

April 25, 2017

As noted by the Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, Senator Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne), May is Stroke Awareness Month, and today’s committee vote to update the stroke designation law is aptly timed. The committee unanimously voted House Bill 23 out of the Senate committee.

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New Administration Seeks Regulatory Relief

February 01, 2017

An executive order issued by President Trump—Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs—seeks to reduce the impact and cost of regulations through a “one-in, two-out” regulatory approach.

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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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New Report Examines Effects of Affordable Care Act Repeal on Hospitals and Health Systems

December 08, 2016

The American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals recently released a report that quantifies the impact of a potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act would have on hospitals and health systems.

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CMS Issues Final Rule Implementing Payment Policy for Outpatient Services

November 01, 2016

In a final rule issued today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has made specific modifications to the implementation of the new payment policy for community-based outpatient services.

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House Health Committee Passes Legislation on Issues Impacting Health Care Providers

October 18, 2016

The Pennsylvania House Health Committee met today to address issues related to hospital stroke designation and the regulation of pain management clinics.

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State Task Force Issues Recommendations on Improving Nursing Home Quality and Safety

October 06, 2016

 The Pennsylvania Department of Health released a report developed by the its Nursing Home Quality Improvement Task Force to improve the quality of care and safety of nursing home residents in Pennsylvania.

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Congress Presses CMS for Fair Payment for Outpatient Services in Community Settings

October 05, 2016

More than half of the U.S. Congress weighed in with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services expressing disappointment that the proposed implementation of a new payment policy for community-based outpatient services fails to protect patients’ access to care and provide predictability for hospitals.

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Federal Nondiscrimination Law Goes Into Effect July 18

July 15, 2016

On Monday, July 18, federal regulations go into effect that clarify Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). This section of the law prohibits sex discrimination in any hospital or health program that receives federal funds.

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Greater Flexibility Needed to Protect Patient Access to Outpatient Services

July 06, 2016

Proposed regulations to implement a new site-neutral payment policy for off-campus hospital outpatient departments fail to provide the needed flexibility to support hospitals in the mission of providing the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

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Health Care Facilities Prepare for New Fire Safety Criteria

July 05, 2016

Hospitals and other licensed health care facilities are preparing for the updated National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Life Safety Code (LSC), 2012 edition, effective July 5, 2016. These new requirements apply to all plans for new construction or renovations.

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Stephanie Watkins Joins HAP Legislative Advocacy Team

May 09, 2016

News Release: Effective May 9, Stephanie Watkins begins her role as vice president, state legislative advocacy, at HAP. In this senior management position, Watkins will be a key member of the state legislative advocacy team that represents HAP and its members with the Pennsylvania state legislature and administration.

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CMS Final Rule Addresses PA Hospital Community Concerns with Patient Safety Reporting

March 01, 2016

On March 8, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will publish a final rule that includes patient safety requirements for hospitals contracting with qualified health plans.

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CMS Issues Documentation Options for Critical Access Hospitals

February 17, 2016

On February 12, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released recertification guidance and a checklist to state survey agency directors indicating that states may immediately use alternative ways to document that a critical access hospital (CAH) is a necessary provider.

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IRS Says Hospitals Can Report Housing on Part I of 2015 Schedule H

December 22, 2015

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has confirmed that hospitals are permitted to report expenditures for clean and safe housing as community benefit expenditures on the 2015 IRS Schedule H form. 

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