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Wolf Administration Marks One-Year Anniversary of Legalizing Medical Marijuana

April 18, 2017

Governor Tom Wolf joined with stakeholders and legislators to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the signing of Act 16 of 2016, legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

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Senator Yaw and Representative Cutler Introducing Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Legislation

April 18, 2017

HAP President and CEO Andy Carter today joined providers, advocates, and lawmakers from across the commonwealth to praise the pending introduction of legislation to codify Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) as an option for patients and their families.

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Senate Advances HAP-Supported Nurse Practitioner Bill

April 18, 2017

Today, the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee voted HAP-supported Senate Bill 25 out of committee by a vote of 13 to three. Sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), the bill allows certified nurse practitioners (CNP) to practice to the full scope of their license without the need for physician supervision after they have worked under such supervision for three years and 3,600 hours.

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HAP Applauds Introduction of Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Legislation

April 18, 2017

News Release: The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s (HAP) President and CEO Andy Carter today joined providers, advocates, and lawmakers from across the commonwealth to praise the introduction of legislation to codify Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) as an option for patients and their families.

 

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CMS Releases Proposed FY 2018 Medicare Payment Policies and Rates

April 17, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed fiscal year (FY) 2018 Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System.

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Pennsylvania Action Coalition Promotes PA Nurse Residency Collaborative Work

April 14, 2017

The Pennsylvania Action Coalition, which promotes a healthy Pennsylvania through improvements in the quality, accessibility and safety of nursing, recently met to discuss progress around nursing education and diversity in the workforce.

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Federal DHHS Issues ACA Market Stabilization Rules, Consumer Subsidy Concerns Unresolved

April 14, 2017

The Department of Health and Human Services issued a rule finalizing changes to help stabilize the Affordable Care Act individual and small group marketplaces, but the rule does not address continuation of subsidies to reduce out-of-pocket costs for certain individuals.

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HAP Encourages Conversations about End-of-Life Care Today and Every Day

April 14, 2017

April 16–22 is a week devoted to discussing end-of-life care. During National Healthcare Decisions Day, HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals encourage individuals to use this day as an opportunity to discuss end-of-life care preferences.

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Senate Hears from Stakeholders About Consolidation of State Agencies

April 13, 2017

Reading Hospital hosted the Pennsylvania Senate's second hearing about the consolidation of the departments of Human Services, Health, Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Aging, this time gathering testimony from various stakeholders.

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Legislation Would Use Technology and Evidence-Based Medicine to Reduce Medicaid Costs, Improve Care

April 12, 2017

Senator Scott Martin has introduced legislation modeled after an Alaska plan, which would use technology and evidence-based medicine to reduce Medicaid costs and improve patient care.

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Quality Assurance Group Makes Changes to Evaluation of Patient-Centered Medical Home Program

April 11, 2017

The National Committee for Quality Assurance introduced changes to its Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition program to increase provider flexibility and move to an annual check-in process.

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Main Line Health to Participate in National Pursuing Equity Initiative

April 10, 2017

Main Line Health has agreed to participate in a two-year initiative led by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement aimed at reducing inequities in health and health care access, treatment, and outcomes. 

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Legislation Introduced to Stabilize Medicare Payments for Rural Pennsylvania Hospitals

April 07, 2017

Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joined Reps. Tom Reed (R-NY) and Peter Welch (D-VT) to introduce the Rural Hospital Access Act (S. 872/H.R. 1955), which would provide much needed support to rural hospitals who often face special challenges due to smaller numbers of beds, fewer admissions, and patients and communities with older demographics.

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HAP Stresses Importance of Protecting Insurance Coverage During Auditor General and Treasurer Town Hall Meeting

April 07, 2017

HAP participated in a town hall meeting panel discussion hosted by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and Treasurer Joe Torsella. The row officers held the “Future of Health Care in a Trump Administration” to fill a void in public conversation about an issue that has significant implications for Pennsylvanians’ access to health care, as well as the state’s fiscal health.

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CMS to Test Clinical-Community Collaboration to Assist Patients, Align Services

April 06, 2017

In an effort to support local communities in addressing the health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will provide support to 32 organizations—including Pennsylvania’s Reading Hospital—working to bridge the gap between clinical and community services.

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