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Evidence of Growing Opioid Epidemic Continues

December 23, 2016

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association have each issued reports that provide growing evidence of a growing opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania and across the nation.

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Report Finds Uninsured Rate Drops in Every State

December 22, 2016

Earlier this week, the Commonwealth Fund issued a report that found that the percentage of uninsured working age adults declined in 2015 following full implementation of the Affordable Care Act during 2014.

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DHHS Issues Report to Congress on Social Risk Factors' Impact on Medicare VBP

December 22, 2016

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued a report to Congress on the “Social Risk Factors and Performance under Medicare’s Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Programs.” The report was required under the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014.

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New and Expanded Medicare Cardiac, Orthopedic Bundled Payment Models Finalized

December 21, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its final rule for cardiac and orthopedic bundled payment models intended to accelerate the administration’s efforts to shift from volume to value and obtain the goal of having 50 percent of traditional Medicare payments flowing through alternative payment models by 2018 (already, 30 percent of Medicare payments go through alternative models).

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Pennsylvania Hospitals Work to Reduce Health Care Disparities

December 21, 2016

HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems are working hard to end health disparities and advance diversity and inclusion. To date,  66 Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems have pledged to address this important issue by signing on to the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) #123forEquity pledge.

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Congressional Leaders Seek Information on CMS’s Approach to Medicaid Expansion

December 20, 2016

Citing Medicaid as the largest health insurance program and accounting for more than 15 percent of all health care spending in the United States, bicameral Congressional leaders sent a letter seeking information on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) oversight of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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National ‘Scorecard’ Demonstrates Improved Safety in Hospitals; Opportunity for Continued Improvement Through HAP

December 20, 2016

The Agency for Health Research and Quality has recently released an update of its National Scorecard on Rates of Hospital-Acquired Conditions. The scorecard represents demonstrable progress over a five-year period to improve patient safety in hospitals. Preliminary estimates for 2015 show a 21 percent decline in hospital-acquired conditions since 2010.

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PA Patient Safety Advisory Highlights Value of Improving Safety

December 19, 2016

The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority (PSA) recently published an article, “The Value of Improving Patient Safety in Pennsylvania,” in its monthly Patient Safety Advisory. The article includes key findings about efforts in Pennsylvania to reduce harm events, and highlights a variety of factors associated with improving patient safety.

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Former PA Lawmaker, Hospital Advocate to Lead Coalition Seeking to Improve State Civil Justice System

December 19, 2016

High medical liability costs for Pennsylvania's hospitals and physicians prevent job growth, increase health care costs, and limit access to medical care. Former Delaware Valley Healthcare Council of HAP Senior Vice President and retired State Representative, Curt Schroder (R-Chester), has been named executive director of the Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform, which will work to improve the state's civil justice system by elevating awareness of key liability challenges and advocating for legal reform in the legislature and courts.

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Pennsylvania Delays Start of Community HealthChoices

December 16, 2016

The Departments of Human Services (DHS) and Aging announced that they are delaying the start of Community HealthChoices (CHC), the commonwealth’s new managed long-term supports and services (LTSS) program. This delay comes as a direct result of several bid protests and the commonwealth’s subsequent inability to proceed with activities that are necessary to ensure a successful implementation.

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Deadline Extended for HealthCare.gov Enrollments

December 16, 2016

The deadline for consumers to sign up for health care insurance via HealthCare.gov has been extended to Monday, December 19 for plans that go into effect January 1. This extension gives Americans additional time to select their health insurance.

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New Data Available for Consumers About Care in Long-Term Care Hospitals and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities

December 16, 2016

Consumers now will have an opportunity to learn more about the quality of long-term care hospitals (LTCH) and inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRF). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched two consumer-facing websites that provide quality data on LTCHs and IRFs.

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HAP, PA Lawmakers Share Insight, Importance of Achieving Telemedicine Legislation

December 15, 2016

The Pennsylvania Chapters of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society hosted a webinar at HAP’s headquarters in Harrisburg about the ongoing effort to implement telemedicine legislation in the commonwealth. During the webinar, HAP President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Carter was on hand to provide an update on the collective effort of HAP and the Pennsylvania Medical Society to achieve telemedicine legislation.

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HAP Launches New Health Care Quality, Cost Resource For Pennsylvanians

December 15, 2016

News Release: The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania today launched its new online tool, Care in Pennsylvania, to provide consumers with user-friendly health care quality and cost information.

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HAP Launches Effort to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

December 15, 2016

HAP—through its Hospital Improvement Innovation Network and in partnership with The Health Care Improvement Foundation and Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network—has launched a three-year effort to reduce hospital readmissions.

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