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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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Coverage Protections for Pre-existing Conditions a Top Issue for Voters

June 27, 2018

According to the latest Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll, about two-thirds (65%) of registered voters say a candidate’s support for continued protections for people with pre-existing health conditions is either the “single most important factor” or “very important” to their vote in the upcoming midterms elections.

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More Funding to Support Telemedicine in Rural PA

June 26, 2018

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has increased funding for the Rural Health Care Program by $171 million, bringing the program’s annual cap to $571 million. The program is intended to increase broadband connectivity to health care providers. 

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Model for Training Nurse Practitioners Could Help Fill Gaps in Care

June 25, 2018

Researchers and directors of a nurse graduate education demonstration pilot say the model offers a workable way to train more nurse practitioners and help increase access to primary care, especially in underserved rural areas.

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Federal Officials Press FDA to Address Drug Shortages

June 22, 2018

Members in both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to exercise its authority to the fullest extent possible to address drug shortages.

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DEP Delivers Final Rule to IRRC—Addresses Supplemental Disinfection to Health Care Facilities’ Water Supplies

June 22, 2018

The Independent Regulatory Review Commission is scheduled to consider a rule addressing supplemental disinfection to health care facilities’ water supplies.

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Pressure Injury Authority Online Survey Focuses on “Voice of the Patient”

June 22, 2018

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel  has announced a new online consumer survey designed to solicit the “voice of the patient.”

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News Release: HAPevolve Hires President and Client Services Manager

June 21, 2018

News Release:  Joe Tibbs has been hired as the president of HAPevolve, a for-profit subsidiary company of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP). HAP also hired Mary Akyol as HAPevolve’s manager, client services.

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U.S. House Builds Consensus to Advance Policy Addressing Opioid Epidemic

June 21, 2018

For a second straight week, legislative activity on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives centered on advancing policy to tackle the opioid crisis that is gripping communities across the nation, particularly in Pennsylvania.

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Fast Tracked Spending Plan Includes Increase for Critical Access Hospitals, Work on Assessment and State Contribution from QCA Continues

June 20, 2018

The state House of Representatives voted 188 to 10 to send House Bill 2121 (the 2018­­–2019 General Appropriations bill) to the Senate for approval. Included in the measure is an additional $3.4 million to cover increased Medicaid losses suffered by Pennsylvania’s critical access hospitals. Work continues on the Quality Care Assessment.

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Trump Administration Finalizes Policy to Expand Use of Association Health Plans; Concerns Raised About the Effect on the ACA Insurance Marketplaces

June 20, 2018

A newly finalized policy will expand the ability for employers to join together in an employer group or association to offer employer-sponsored health care coverage through “association health plans".

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State Senate Approves Health Emergency Legislation

June 20, 2018

The state Senate unanimously approved Senator Jay Costa's (D-Allegheny) legislation to formally allow the Pennsylvania Department of Health to declare a public health emergency.

 

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IFO Releases State Economic Picture; Hospital QCA Assessment Increase Too High

June 19, 2018

The Pennsylvania Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) released its June 2018 revenue forecast, which points to a more stable state economic picture.

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