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Hospitals Continue Adding to the Pennsylvania Workforce

August 07, 2017

Unlike colleges and universities that laid off nearly 20 percent of their workforce during June, hospitals added 2,100 workers. Preliminary, not seasonally adjusted, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry data show that direct hospital employment reached 277,500 during June 2017, an increase of more than 3 percent during the last year.

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New KPMG/Forbes Study: Health Care Firms are Unprepared for Next Cyber Security Breach

August 04, 2017

A new KPMG and Forbes Insights report found that the health care industry is “elevating cyber security to a strategic imperative but at a pace that lags behind [its] desire to adopt digital technologies to drive innovation.”

The report found that during the past two years, 47 percent of health care “firms have had a HIPPA-related security violation or breach."

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New CDC Report Outlines New Guidelines for Antibiotic Use

August 04, 2017

“Antibiotic Use in the United States, 2017—Progress and Opportunities”, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), describes how antibiotics have saved millions of lives during the years in treating bacterial infections. The report, however, also highlights ways that the overuse or misuse of antibiotics has contributed to the development of superbugs (highly resistant bacteria), serious infections such as Clostridium difficile (CDI), poor patient outcomes, and increased patient care costs.

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Bipartisan Efforts to Address Insurance Market Stability Begin to Take Shape

August 03, 2017

In the wake of the U.S. Senate’s failure to pass legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), bipartisan efforts focusing on market stability are underway through the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the U.S. House bipartisan “Problem Solvers Caucus.”  

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CMS to Explore New Behavioral Health Payment Model—Open Forum Scheduled September 8

August 03, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) announced interest in launching a new payment model for behavioral health services.  To gather input, CMS is holding a public forum on Friday, September 8, 2017, at the CMS Central Office in Baltimore, Maryland. Community health organizations, medical societies, health care providers, state Medicaid agencies, advocacy groups, non-profit organizations, and other interested parties are invited to participate.

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Federal Appeals Court Ruling Could Help Preserve Cost Sharing Subsidies

August 02, 2017

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held that a coalition of 16 state attorneys general–including Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro–may intervene in the House v. Price appeal relating to the future of cost-sharing subsidies. While the decision does not bar the Trump Administration from ending the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments, it does make it more difficult to cut off the payments.

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HAP Convenes Council to Advance Provider-Patient Partnerships

August 02, 2017

Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems continue to develop partnerships with their patients, guiding them through the health care delivery process and helping them be active participants in their care. In an effort to provide a forum for these organizations to communicate and exchange best practices, HAP’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) has recently convened a Person and Family Engagement (PFE) Leadership Council to bring together hospital leaders responsible for facilitating the development of sustained partnerships with patients and families. 

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Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Pens Letter to HHS Secretary Price, Urges Market Stabilization

August 01, 2017

Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller yesterday sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price urging the federal government to commit to continued cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to help shore up Pennsylvania’s insurance marketplace.

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Congressman Murphy Introduces Legislation to Prevent Overdoses, Streamline Substance Use Treatment

August 01, 2017

On Friday, July 28, Congressmen Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced legislation to streamline substance use disorder treatment records.

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HRSA Recognizes 15 PA Hospitals for Organ Donation Efforts

July 31, 2017

The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Organ Donation Campaign recognized more than 1,000 hospitals and transplant centers across the nation for their efforts to promote organ donation awareness and registration between October 2016 and April 2017.

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New CMS Data Tool: Rural PA Has High Ambulance Usage

July 28, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a market saturation and utilization data tool for analyzing and depicting geographic differences in the numbers of:

  • Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) beneficiaries who use different kinds of health care services
  • Providers available to serve those beneficiaries

HAP’s preliminary analysis shows that many parts of Pennsylvania—including rural counties—have high utilization of emergency ambulance services.

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U.S. Senate Rejects ACA “Skinny Repeal” Legislation

July 28, 2017

Early this morning, the Senate voted 51 to 49 against the Health Care Freedom Act, also known as “skinny repeal” legislation. The legislation would have repealed limited portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the individual and employer mandates.

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HAP Statement on U.S. Senate’s Rejection of “Skinny Repeal”

July 28, 2017

News Release:  Early this morning, the U.S. Senate rejected the so-called “skinny” plan to repeal certain portions of the Affordable Care Act. The measure failed by a vote of 49-51, culminating weeks of Congressional efforts to overhaul the nation’s health care landscape. Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), gave the following statement on the result.

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U.S. Senate Contemplates Skinny Repeal, Repealing the Individual Mandate

July 27, 2017

Still pursuing consensus that would produce 50 votes, the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate is evaluating narrowly crafted legislation that would repeal targeted provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the individual and employer mandates.

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Progress on State Budget

July 27, 2017

Earlier today, the Pennsylvania State Senate passed several bills intended to implement the General Fund Appropriations Act for FY 2017–2018 (House Bill 218), which specifies appropriations for this year’s state budget.

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