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Legal Challenge to 340B Payment Cut Rejected on Procedural Grounds; HAP Advocates for 340B Program As Crucial Tool in Helping Hospitals Managing Drug Costs

July 17, 2018

A federal appeals court upheld a lower court decision rejecting, on procedural grounds, a lawsuit brought by the American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and America’s Essential Hospitals that could have prevented Medicare payment cuts from taking effect for many hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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Americans Divided About Value of Medical Treatment; Concerned About Cost

July 16, 2018

While new survey results show a divide among Americans about the value of medical treatments, a strong majority (83%) expressed concern that the cost of medical treatment was a barrier to high-quality health care.

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Federal Task Force Created to Address Critical Drug Shortages

July 13, 2018

Addressing concerns about the continuing shortage of critical drugs, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday released a statement from Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, announcing the formation of a federal task. The task force will investigate the causes of the shortages and recommend solutions to ensure appropriate supplies of medications are always available.

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Reduced Resources for Insurance Navigators; Outreach Efforts will be Crucial to Encouraging Coverage

July 12, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its annual notice for federal grants to fund navigators that assist consumers in enrolling in the federal health insurance marketplace. For the second year, CMS reduced the funding available to support the outreach efforts.

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U.S. House Hearing Reviews Policy Impacting the 340B Drug Pricing Program

July 11, 2018

In a hearing before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, federal lawmakers explored the purpose and administration of the 340B Drug Pricing Program; reviewed federal oversight and compliance; and garnered feedback on policy proposals.

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Penn Wissahickon Hospice and Caring Way Receive Circle of Life Award®

July 10, 2018

Penn Wissahickon Hospice and Caring Way received national recognition today for its end-of-life and palliative care innovations. Penn Wissahickon Hospice and Caring Way was honored by the American Hospital Association with the prestigious Circle of Life Award®.

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Trump Administration Freezes Risk Adjustment Payments

July 09, 2018

On Saturday, the Trump Administration announced a temporary halt of risk adjustment payments to insurers. Those payments, totaling more than $10 billion based on 2017 business, are designed to offset higher costs for insurers that offer plans to high-risk individuals.

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New Medicare Cost Growth Estimates Paint Concerning Financial Picture

July 06, 2018

The Kaiser Family Foundation has released a new, updated resource, which provides detailed information relating to trends in Medicare benefit payments, Medicare spending projections, and an assessment of Medicare’s financial condition and future outlook. 

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New Policy Brief Outlines Burdens of Restrictions on Advanced Practice Professionals

July 05, 2018

A recent policy brief published by The Hamilton Project, an economic policy initiative of the Brookings Institution, provides new insight into the ways that limitations in scope of practice are impacting health care in the United States.

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Medicaid Expansion Associated with Increases in Coverage and Quality of Care

July 03, 2018

Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contributed to improvements in the quality of care and coverage, according to a recent Health Affairs analysis of 77 published studies.

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Pennsylvania Approved for Additional Federal Funding for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Facilities Services

July 02, 2018

Pennsylvania has received approval to continue to receive federal funds to provide substance use disorder (SUD) treatments, according to an announcement today by the Wolf Administration.

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Governor Wolf Renews Opioid Disaster Declaration, Signs New Law to Aid in Crisis

June 29, 2018

Governor Wolf has renewed Pennsylvania’s 90-day opioid disaster declaration for a second time. As a result of the renewal, initiatives begun during the past 180 days in order to address the crisis can continue without interruption.

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Health Care Providers Work to Improve Consumer Experience; Challenges Remain

June 29, 2018

As consumers pay more out-of-pocket costs for their health care, they are shopping for the fairest cost and best value. Health care providers are working to meet their needs for more information and convenience. A recent report outlines some of the challenges they face.

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U.S. Senators Explore Options to Reduce Health Care Costs

June 28, 2018

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee recently convened an expert panel to explore dynamics that contribute to the cost of health care in America, and identify policy avenues to address health care spending.

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News Release: New Data Shows PA Hospitals Are Key Economic Driver

June 28, 2018

News Release:  During fiscal year (FY) 2017, Pennsylvania’s hospitals created $128.9 billion in total economic impact and supported more than 650,000 jobs, according to new data published by The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP).

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