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Marketplace Open Enrollment in PA: 124,000 Plan Selections So Far, Hospitals Continue to Push for Coverage

November 30, 2017

During the first four weeks of open enrollment (November 1–25), Pennsylvania has had 124,081 plan selections in the Health Insurance Marketplace via the HealthCare.gov platform.

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Drug Prices in Spotlight During Confirmation Hearing for HHS Secretary Nominee

November 29, 2017

Drug prices and the affordability of health care were key topics in the first confirmation hearing for Alex Azar, the nominee to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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Telehealth Programs Likely to Expand, But Payment a Barrier

November 29, 2017

Most health care organizations and providers plan to expand their use of telehealth. But some also expressed concerns about reimbursement and other potential limitations, according to a recent study by KLAS Research and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. 

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Medicare Open Enrollment Ends December 7—Beneficiaries Should Review Options

November 28, 2017

Medicare Open Enrollment provides an opportunity for all Medicare beneficiaries to consider their health care coverage. The Medicare Open Enrollment period closes on December 7, 2017.

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Survey Shows How Consumers Find and Select Providers

November 28, 2017

A recent survey of 1,000 consumers aged 18 through 65 or older shows that more than half used the Internet when searching for physicians. Insurance, clinical expertise, and hospital or health system reputation were top criteria for selecting providers.

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CMS Updates Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model

November 27, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced updates for its Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model. The agency plans to expand the model from the seven states, including Pennsylvania, that are currently participating to 25 states by 2019.

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News Release: 7 Philadelphia-Area Health Systems Collaborate to Address Hunger

November 27, 2017

News Release: As the holiday season approaches, hundreds of thousands of families in the greater Philadelphia region are without consistent access to the nutritious food necessary to lead healthy lives. This serious condition, known as food insecurity, contributes to poor health, including the development or worsening of chronic diseases such as diabetes.

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Pennsylvania Sees 100,000 Insurance Sign-ups During First Three Weeks; PA Hospitals Urge Consumers to Continue Signing Up for Health Care Coverage

November 22, 2017

During the first three weeks of open enrollment (November 1–18), Pennsylvania has had 101,286 plan selections for health insurance enrollment. Nearly 800,000 people have selected health plans using the HealthCare.gov platform. This puts nationwide open enrollment selections near 2.3 million during the first three weeks of open enrollment, including more than 550,000 new consumers.

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American College of Physicians Highlights the Need for Increased Transparency; HAP’s Care in PA Provides Quality and Price Transparency in Pennsylvania

November 21, 2017

A recently released report from the American College of Physicians (ACP) recognizes transparency efforts to mend the fragmentation of health care. The report provides recommendations to improve transparency to address cost and quality challenges.

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HAP Hosts Webinar about IV Fluids and Medication Shortages

November 20, 2017

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) recently hosted a webinar, “Insights for Medical Considerations in Management of the Growing IV and Medication Shortage" in response to the shortages of IV fluids.

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PA Launches New Website to Connect Patients to Community Based Services and Supports

November 20, 2017

The Wolf Administration has launched the Pennsylvania Link to Community Care website, which seeks to connect older Pennsylvanians and individuals with a disability or behavioral health need to services and supports available in their community.

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Survey Shows the Importance of Pricing Transparency for Both Patients and Providers

November 17, 2017

New survey results from Accenture indicate that, while only about a quarter of health care providers can provide out-of-pocket cost information to consumers prior to a procedure, 91 percent of patients want the information. In addition, almost half of the consumers surveyed would switch to a different provider in order to get it.

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Today is World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day

November 16, 2017

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) has named November 16 as World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day to heighten awareness about the serious implications of pressure injuries. An estimated 60,000 people in the United States die annually from complications stemming from pressure injuries, with pressure injury costs approaching $11 billion per year. 

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Individual Mandate Repeal Included in U.S. Senate Tax Reform Legislation

November 15, 2017

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee has included policy in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that would, in effect, repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate by eliminating the penalty that individuals who do not maintain health coverage must pay.

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Diabetes Admissions in Pennsylvania Up 13% Since 2000

November 15, 2017

Between 2000 and 2016, Pennsylvania hospital admissions with a principal diagnosis of diabetes have grown from 21,528 to 24,283—a 13 percent increase—according to a research brief released today by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4). In-hospital mortality for patients hospitalized for diabetes declined from 1.5 percent during 2000, to 0.5 percent during 2016.

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