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Opioid Crisis Declared Public Health Emergency; Congress Reviews Resources and Activities

October 26, 2017

The Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) signed a declaration today announcing the opioid crisis as a public health emergency. The Administration and Congress continue to consider which steps and resources are necessary to curb this tragic crisis, which claims, on average, the lives of 13 Pennsylvanians each day as a result of drug-related overdoses.

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Pennsylvania Insurance Department Unveils Open Enrollment Consumer Resources, Media Campaign

October 26, 2017

As the 2017 open enrollment period draws near, Jessica Altman, Pennsylvania’s Acting Insurance Commissioner, today announced the launch of a media campaign to encourage Pennsylvanians to purchase or renew insurance plans purchased on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplace.

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Cost-sharing Reduction Payments Remain in Limbo

October 25, 2017

Federal lawmakers continue to grapple with next steps to provide greater stability to the individual insurance markets.

Earlier this month, the Trump Administration announced that it would not fulfill cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—designed to help reduce health care costs for lower-income Americans. The federal government pays the CSR subsidies monthly to insurers to compensate them for discounting insurance rates for low-income consumers who earn 100 to 250 percent of the federal poverty level.

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Legislative Briefing Addresses the Challenges of Substance Use Disorder in Rural Pennsylvania 

October 25, 2017

At the invitation of HAP, Jack Cahalane, PhD, MPH, Chief, Adult Services at UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, presented testimony during the Pennsylvania Rural Health Association’s annual legislative briefing, sharing insight about the effectiveness of using telepsychiatry to address the crippling impact of the opioid crisis in rural Pennsylvania.

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PHC4 Hospital Performance Report Shows Statewide Improvements in Quality, Outcomes

October 25, 2017

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council's (PHC4) 2016 Hospital Performance Report released today underscores the Pennsylvania hospital community’s continued commitment to providing excellent, cutting-edge care, and working to find new ways to improve its quality and safety measures.

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Congress Reviews Hurricane Response, Including Impacts to Drug Supply

October 24, 2017

Key officials overseeing the public health response to recent hurricanes provided an update to Congress about response efforts in the affected areas and the ongoing public health risks, as well as steps federal agencies are taking to safeguard access to critical drugs and medical devices.

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Gallup Survey Shows Uninsured Rate Starting to Rise Nationally; HAP Advocating to Protect Health Insurance Coverage

October 23, 2017

A recent survey by Gallup shows that nationally, the uninsured rate continues to increase since hitting a record low during 2016. The Gallup poll finds that the uninsured rate increased from 11.7 percent during mid-2017 to 12.3 percent during the third quarter of 2017; this represents an increase of 1.4 percentage points since the end of 2016.

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UnitedHealthcare Survey Sheds Light on Health Care Consumerism

October 20, 2017

Results from UnitedHealthcare’s 2017 Consumer Sentiment Survey reflect the growth in consumer-driven health care. High-deductible health plans and more out-of-pocket expenses have led to a change in consumer behavior, with more people comparison shopping for high quality, low-cost care.

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Bipartisan Market Stability Proposal Builds Support, But Action Remains Uncertain

October 19, 2017

A bipartisan proposal intended to stabilize the individual health insurance market continues to gain support in the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to withhold funding for cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments that lower out-of-pocket insurance expenses for low-income Americans. Despite this momentum, significant political hurdles remain for the proposal put forth by U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA).

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U.S. Senate Spotlights Wellness Programs to Improve Health and Reduce Costs

October 19, 2017

In a hearing today, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee explored the impact of behavioral factors in achieving good health outcomes and reducing health care spending and costs. 

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Infection Prevention Week Focuses on Antibiotic Resistance

October 19, 2017

This week HAP, Pennsylvania hospitals, and the health care community worldwide are observing International Infection Prevention Week, October 15–21, 2017. This year’s theme is antibiotic resistance.

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News Release: HAP Welcomes Kate Routledge as Senior Director, Compliance Support

October 18, 2017

News Release:  Effective October 10, Kate M. Routledge has been appointed as senior director, compliance support, at The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP).

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Survey Shows Communication Gaps Between Health Plans and Members

October 18, 2017

A recent survey from HealthMine Health Intelligence Solution identifies important communication gaps between health plans and plan members.

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Four PA Health Care Organizations Awarded $1M Grants for Medication-Assisted Addiction Treatment

October 17, 2017

The Wolf Administration today awarded $1 million grants to assist four health care organizations in developing medication-assisted treatment programs for Pennsylvanians suffering from the disease of addiction. 

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PA Senate Committee Approves Bed Registry Legislation

October 17, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously voted Senate Bill 179 out of committee.  Sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), the legislation instructs the Department of Health to create a statewide psychiatric inpatient bed registry to identify available beds in real time across the commonwealth.

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