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HHS Looks to Strengthen Cybersecurity Info Sharing Within Health Care; HAP Forum to Facilitate Cybersecurity Discussion in PA

October 06, 2016

Federal funds have been dedicated to support the dissemination of cybersecurity information and education as well as to foster greater information sharing within the health care and public health sectors. In addition, an upcoming session hosted by HAP for its members will provide current information on the latest threats, prevention strategies, and resources available to improve cybersecurity. 

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State Task Force Issues Recommendations on Improving Nursing Home Quality and Safety

October 06, 2016

 The Pennsylvania Department of Health released a report developed by the its Nursing Home Quality Improvement Task Force to improve the quality of care and safety of nursing home residents in Pennsylvania.

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Congress Presses CMS for Fair Payment for Outpatient Services in Community Settings

October 05, 2016

More than half of the U.S. Congress weighed in with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services expressing disappointment that the proposed implementation of a new payment policy for community-based outpatient services fails to protect patients’ access to care and provide predictability for hospitals.

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Changes Announced for Year Two of the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model

October 04, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation has announced refinements to the design of the Medicare Advantage Value-based insurance design model for year two.

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HAP Selected to Continue Patient Safety Efforts Under National Partnership for Patients Initiative

October 03, 2016

News Release: HAP has been selected as one of only 16 national, regional, or state hospital associations, Quality Improvement Organizations, and health system organizations to continue efforts in reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions.

The CMS announcement of the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network awardees marks the third time HAP has secured a highly-competitive contract as part of the national Partnership for Patients initiative. HAP is the only Pennsylvania-based Hospital Improvement Innovation Network.

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Congress Funds Zika Relief and Opioid Response in Federal Funding Bill

September 30, 2016

Legislation was enacted this week which extends funding at current spending levels for the federal government through December 9, 2016. The legislation also dedicates funding to prevent the spread of the Zika virus and to begin funding opioid efforts.

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Pennsylvania Hospital Employment Down by 300 Jobs in August 2016; Still Above 2015 Level

September 30, 2016

Pennsylvania hospital employment decreased by 300 jobs from July 2016 to August 2016, for total direct employment of 273,400. This is 2,900 more hospital jobs than one year ago, August 2015, when the total number was 270,500.

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HHS Announces Winners of Improved Medical Bill Challenge; HAP Member Geisinger Health System to Serve as Pilot

September 29, 2016

One of the most frustrating issues for health care consumers is deciphering a medical bill. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the winners of the HHS "A Bill You Can Understand" challenge to gather new approaches to address this long-standing problem.

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Governor Wolf Outlines Proposals to Address Pennsylvania Opioid Crisis

September 28, 2016

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf addressed a joint session of the General Assembly today outlining proposals to address the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania. The Governor said 3,500 Pennsylvanians last year lost their lives to the epidemic, 1,000 more deaths than the year before.

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Opioid-related Hospitalizations for Expectant Moms Up 510%, Forum Explores Possible Solutions

September 27, 2016

An analysis of maternal and neonatal hospital stays and a recent policy forum highlight the impact of substance abuse and opioid misuse on Pennsylvania mothers and infants.

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HAP Addresses Glitch Affecting Provider Enrollment / Revalidation Compliance for Ordering, Referring, and Prescribing Providers

September 26, 2016

The state Department of Human Services (DHS) issued a Provider Quick Tip, which addresses how it is handling the Affordable Care Act (ACA)-mandated provider enrollment / revalidation for ordering, referring, or prescribing providers. Federal law requires providers who order, refer, or prescribe a service or item submitted for payment to the Medical Assistance (MA) program to be enrolled in the MA program.

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