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U.S. House Committee Releases Review and Recommendations for 340B Drug Pricing Program; HAP Advocates to Safeguard Key Program

January 11, 2018

Stemming from a multi-year review of the 340B drug pricing program, the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee has issued a report that summarizes the committee’s findings and lays out a series of policy recommendations. 

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CMS Issues Guidance Permitting States to Introduce Medicaid Work Requirements

January 11, 2018

Early today, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued policy guidance to state Medicaid agencies describing how states can impose work requirements as a condition of Medicaid eligibility for able-bodied, working age adults. 

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News Release: PA Hospitals Applaud Governor Wolf’s Disaster Declaration for the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic

January 10, 2018

News Release:  The Pennsylvania hospital community today applauded Governor Wolf’s announcement declaring the heroin and opioid epidemic as a statewide disaster emergency.

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Governor Wolf Announces Opioid Epidemic Statewide Disaster, Allowing State to Override Rules and Regs

January 10, 2018

Today, Governor Wolf held a press conference to declare the current opioid epidemic sweeping Pennsylvania to be a public health emergency and signed a statewide disaster declaration.

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CMS Launches New Voluntary Bundled-payment Model

January 10, 2018

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, part of The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced the first advanced alternative payment model under the Trump administration.

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Coverage Affordability, Drug Prices, and Opioid Epidemic Featured in U.S. Senate Hearings

January 09, 2018

During a hearing to vet Alex Azar, the nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee focused questions on the affordability of health insurance coverage, strategies to address skyrocketing drug prices, and the federal response to the opioid epidemic. 

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Kaiser Foundation Analysis Shows Individual Insurance Market Is Stabilizing

January 08, 2018

The Kaiser Family Foundation recently released an analysis of the individual insurance market through third quarter 2017. The analysis suggests that individual insurance market financial performance has improved.

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HAP Achievement Awards Winner Spotlight: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sewickley

January 05, 2018

Pennsylvania is home to some of the most cutting-edge hospitals in the country. Each year, HAP honors hospitals and health systems for their innovation, creativity, and commitment to patient care through its annual Achievement Awards program. In 2017, HAP selected 13 winning programs from more than 100 entries.

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Proposed Rule Seeks to Expand Options for Employer Sponsored Coverage

January 04, 2018

A proposed rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor would provide new flexibility under the federal ERISA law to allow employers to join together in an employer group or association to offer employer-sponsored health care coverage.

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New Data Submission System for Clinicians in the Quality Payment Program

January 03, 2018

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new data submission system for clinicians in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) aimed at easing the reporting burden of the program. HAP is supportive of efforts to streamline reporting.

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Hospitals Pursue Lawsuit to Reverse Cuts for 340B Hospitals

January 02, 2018

On December 29, 2017, the American Hospital Association (AHA), the Association of American Medical Colleges, and America’s Essential Hospitals announced that they are appealing a district court decision granting the government’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit that could have prevented Medicare payment cuts from taking effect for many hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program. The court decided that the lawsuit was premature, but did not address the merits of the claim.

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Nearly Half of Americans Would Like Health Care Addressed Nationally; Few are Confident of Progress

December 29, 2017

New poll results released by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reveal the top concerns among Americans. Issues topping the list include health care, education, the environment, and racism as the national priorities that Americans would like to see addressed during the coming year. But, most expressed little confidence that any significant progress would be made.

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New Data Reveals that More Women than Men are Enrolling in U.S. Medical Schools

December 28, 2017

For the first time, the number of women enrolling in U.S. medical schools has exceeded the number of men. New data released by the Association of American Medical Colleges reveals that women made up 50.7 percent of the 21,338 new enrollees during 2017, compared with 49.8 percent during 2016.

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Health System Leaders Identify Cybersecurity, Predictive Analytics, and Virtual Care Payments as Top 2018 IT Issues

December 27, 2017

Survey results about emerging health information technology (IT) trends, reveal that health system leaders across the country are inclined to boost funding for cybersecurity technology during 2018. Those same leaders are carefully weighing the value of investing in artificial intelligence technologies and consumer devices such as wearables.

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Updated Long-Term Care Hospital, Inpatient Rehab Facility, and Hospice Data Available for Consumers

December 26, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated the long-term care hospital, inpatient rehabilitation facility, and hospice quality data available to consumers at its LTCH Compare, IRF Compare, and Hospice Compare websites.

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