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New White Paper Helps Hospitals Tackle Health Care Improvement Through Improved Equity

August 10, 2016

Significant disparities in life expectancy and other health outcomes exist across the United States. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) has released a new white paper to help hospitals and health systems address those disparities. 

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PA Overdose Deaths Up 30%—Lawmakers and Health Care Providers Seek Solutions

August 09, 2016

Drug overdose deaths across the state increased 30 percent last year, according to yesterday’s report from the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association. The report documents 3,505 overdose deaths in 2015—up sharply from 2,489 in 2014.

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PA Medical Liability Case Filings Down More Than 40%, HAP Pushes for Additional Liability Reforms

August 08, 2016

According to the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, medical malpractice case filings have fallen more than 40 percent since the peak of the state’s medical liability crisis during 2000–2002.

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Senator Casey Hears from Hospital Leaders on PA’s Opioid and Heroin Epidemic

August 05, 2016

Focusing particularly on the impact of the opioid epidemic on infants and mothers, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D, PA) has convened a series of roundtable discussions with Pennsylvania hospitals to garner input from the medical field and discuss federal solutions. In visits this week to Pocono Medical Center and WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, Senator Casey heard firsthand about the alarming increase in incidence of infants born with a dependency to opioids.

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National, State Rural Health Efforts Target Improving Health Care Access

August 04, 2016

The Frontier Community Health Integration Project Demonstration, a new federal initiative to develop and test new delivery of care models in “frontier” or sparsely populated rural areas, was announced today. Ten critical access hospitals, selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, will participate in the three-year demonstration set to begin this month. This is a continuation of ongoing efforts to consider new policy approaches to support rural providers.

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CDC Announces Awards of $16 Million to Help States Monitor the Zika Virus and Support Affected Families

August 04, 2016

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week awarded more than $16 million to 40 states and territories to support the fight against the Zika virus. Pennsylvania is among the states named to receive the funding.

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Inpatient Payment Rule Reflects Pennsylvania Hospitals' Concerns on Two-Midnight Offset and Uncompensated Care Payments

August 03, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that sets the payment policies and rates for inpatient hospital services, including addressing the two-midnight policy offset, calculation of uncompensated care payments, procedures for notifying patients of observation services, and modifications to quality measure reporting.

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Lawmakers Hear Testimony About Pennsylvania Opioid Crisis

August 03, 2016

The Pennsylvania House Republican and Democratic Policy Committees wrapped up their third hearing in a series of eight that will occur throughout the summer to help address the state’s opioid crisis. Lawmakers and staff are gathering insight on policy ideas to be considered during a special session on the opioid crisis when the legislature returns this fall.

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CMS Releases Updated Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment

August 02, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released updated Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) preliminary data for May 2016.

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The Greater Philadelphia Region Selected as One of Fourteen Regions for New Nationwide Primary Care Model

August 01, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the application period for the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model has opened today. The model is a five-year primary care medical home model scheduled to begin January, 2017.

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PA Lawmakers Gathering Testimony Across the State About the Opioid Crisis

August 01, 2016

Pennsylvania’s House Republican and Democratic Policy Committees are working together to address the state’s opioid crisis, which is affecting record numbers of individuals and families in the state and across the country.

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Pennsylvania Hospital Employment Up 2,300 Jobs in June

July 29, 2016

Pennsylvania hospital employment increased by 2,300 jobs from May to June 2016, for a total direct employment of 274,800. This is the greatest increase in Pennsylvania hospital employment since June 2008. It also is 4,000 more hospital jobs than one year ago, June 2015, when the total number was 270,800.

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Insurance Department Holds Public Hearing on Proposed Rate Hikes for ACA Health Plans

July 28, 2016

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department held a public hearing yesterday regarding the 2017 rate requests from health plans offering individual coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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