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State Cancels Process to Find Community HealthChoices Vendor; Will Revise Needs and Issue New RFP

September 04, 2018

Two state departments are cancelling their Request for Procurement seeking a vendor to facilitate eligibility and enrollment for the Community HealthChoices Program and other long-term services and supports  programs. 

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Forty Eight Percent of Survey Respondents Support National Health Insurance Program

August 31, 2018

According to the results of PwC’s Health Research Institute survey on national health plans, 48 percent of respondents support a national health insurance program available to all Americans in which physician practices and hospitals would remain private, while 57 percent support expanding Medicaid eligibility to any US resident.

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Analysis Finds Rate of Preexisting Conditions Could Limit Access to Care Under Short-Term Plans

August 30, 2018

An analysis by Kaiser Family Foundation maps the rates of preexisting conditions across the U.S., finding that even within the same state, the prevalence of such conditions can vary substantially.

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CMS Announces New Model to Address Impact of the Opioid Crisis for Children

August 29, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a new Innovation Center state payment and local service delivery model, Integrated Care for Kids (InCK), to combat the nation’s opioid crisis.

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Briggs Appointed Democratic Chair of State House Health Committee

August 28, 2018

Following in the footsteps of former minority chair of the House Health Committee, State Representative Flo Fabrizio (D-Erie), State Representative Tim Briggs (D-Montgomery) has been appointed the new minority chair of the committee.

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Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force Issues Report, Support for Telemedicine Legislation among Recommendations

August 27, 2018

The findings of the Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force were issued today, detailing recommendations for how the state, communities, and school officials can collaborate to prevent school-based violence. The recommendations included increased access to mental health services and, to that end, called upon the administration and the General Assembly to enact legislation securing reimbursement for telemedicine.

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Telemedicine Support in Skilled Nursing Facilities Can Prevent Avoidable Hospitalizations

August 24, 2018

In a recent case study about the use of telemedicine after hours in a skilled nursing facility, 29 percent of the patients that were evaluated by a doctor using telemedicine were able to avoid a hospital visit, with an estimated savings of about $1.55 million during a one-year period.

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HAP Calls for Modernizing Stark Law to Promote Care Coordination

August 23, 2018

The 1989 physician self-referral law or “Stark Law”—which was designed to address overutilization in a fee-for-service environment—is antiquated and must be modernized to meet the objectives of the new value-based payment system, which rewards quality over quantity of care. In a comment letter issued today, HAP endorsed efforts to modernize Stark Law to enable hospitals and physicians to coordinate care and improve patient outcomes. 

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Pennsylvania Receives Federal Funding Award to Strengthen Health Insurance Market

August 22, 2018

This week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced approximately $8.6 million in funding awards to 30 U.S. states and the District of Columbia to help stabilize and strengthen health insurance markets. Pennsylvania is among the states and received a federal award of $290,203.01. 

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New Program Seeks to Address Rural Physician Shortage in Northeast PA

August 21, 2018

Pennsylvania’s 42 rural hospitals face challenges unique to the communities they serve, with patients incurring barriers to their access to care including long transit times, physician shortages, and facility closures due to financial difficulties. One Pennsylvania health system is prioritizing rural care delivery by offering a new residency program specifically designed to address the needs of rural communities.

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September is Sepsis Awareness Month: Help Educate Your Patients and Your Community

August 20, 2018

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that, without immediate treatment, can quickly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and even death. According to the Sepsis Alliance, more than 1.7 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed each year with sepsis—one every 20 seconds.

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HAPevolve Partner Honored with Health Care Staffing Services Certification

August 17, 2018

Nomad Health, one of HAPevolve’s industry partners, was recently awarded with The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Health Care Staffing Services Certification. The certification establishes Nomad Health as a leader in providing qualified and competent nurses to health care employers.

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New Report Looks at Correlation Between Disabilities, Health Care Disparities, and Population Health Efforts

August 16, 2018

According to a report in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, one in four U.S. adults (61 million) have a disability that impacts major life activities. CDC specialists say that if we can learn more about this population, we can better meet their health needs.

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Low-Cost Health Insurance Options Get Mixed Reviews

August 15, 2018

Discussions around health insurance options that were previously prohibited or limited under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue to draw mixed reactions from industry experts, consumer advocates, and state and federal officials.

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Pennsylvanians That Didn’t Receive New Medicare Cards Urged to Follow-up

August 14, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in conjunction with its distribution timeline, has completed mailing new Medicare cards to beneficiaries in Pennsylvania. Federal officials have provided instructions for residents who haven’t received their new card.

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