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Reauthorization of PHC4 Legislation Passes PA House

October 03, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed legislation to reauthorize the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4). House Bill 1613, sponsored by Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), also modernizes the council by updating its powers and duties.

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DHS Begins Sending Community HealthChoices Consumer Packets in Southwest Zone

October 03, 2017

The Department of Human Services (DHS) will implement Community HealthChoices (CHC) in the Southwest Zone effective January 1, and has started mailing pre-enrollment packages to eligible participants. Consumers are being asked to select their health plan, and individuals who do not select a plan by November 13 will be assigned to a plan.

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Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month Invites Greater Engagement in Health Care from All

October 02, 2017

October is Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month, providing an opportunity for Pennsylvania hospitals, patients, and families to celebrate the progress made in involving patients and family members as equal partners in their care and to invite even greater engagement.

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Federal Lawmakers Urge Delay of DSH Payment Cuts; Eight from PA Sign Letter

September 29, 2017

More than 220 members of the U.S. House, including eight from Pennsylvania, called for a delay in cuts to hospitals that serve a high proportion of Medicaid and uninsured patients.

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Pennsylvania Delegation Pushes CHIP Funding Extension

September 29, 2017

Seventeen members of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation penned a letter to Congressional leaders urging swift action to extend federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

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Bipartisan U.S. House Letter Urges CMS to Rescind Proposed Cuts to 340B Drug Pricing Program

September 28, 2017

Ten members of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation have signed a bipartisan letter urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to abandon a proposed policy that will limit hospitals' use of the 340B Drug Pricing Program to better serve their patients. 

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CMS: Hospital Star Ratings On Hold, Methodology Under Consideration

September 28, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced it will not update its overall hospital quality star ratings on the Hospital Compare website during October. The agency abandoned the planned update in order to continue to consider potential changes to the star rating methodology. The American Hospital Association and HAP have long advocated that improvements to the rating methodology are in order.

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Department of Health Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Medical Marijuana Regulations: Comment Window Closes Soon

September 28, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) is seeking input from patients and their caregivers about what should be included in proposed regulations for participation in the state's medical marijuana program. The short window for consumer input ends Monday, October 2.

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U.S. Senate Approves Bipartisan Plan to Improve Care for Seniors with Chronic Conditions

September 27, 2017

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved bipartisan legislation that will improve health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries living with chronic conditions and also will lower costs.

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News Release: HAP Statement about Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson

September 27, 2017

News Release:  Yesterday, U.S. Senators abandoned a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before the September 30 budget reconciliation deadline. They did not obtain the commitments for the 50 votes needed to pass the bill. Following the announcement, Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement.

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U.S. Senate Abandons Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson ACA Repeal and Replace Proposal

September 26, 2017

Faced with a tide of opposition from health care stakeholders, advocates, patients and consumers, the U.S. Senate abandoned an effort to vote on the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson (GCHJ) plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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PHC4 Releases 2016 Financial Analysis for Ambulatory Surgery Centers

September 26, 2017

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) released its fiscal year 2016 financial analysis for ambulatory surgery centers, saying their operating and total margins remained steady at about 25.5 percent.

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U.S. Senate Pushes for Consideration of Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Proposal; PA Impact in Spotlight

September 25, 2017

In testimony before a U.S. Senate commitee, Pennsylvania's Acting Secretary of Human Services said the newest ACA repeal and replace plan would reverse the state's low uninsured rate and result in skyrocketing numbers of uninsured individuals.

 

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CMS Releases New Medicare Card Information in Effort to Fight Theft and Fraud

September 25, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued updated information about its efforts to transition to new Medicare cards with new numbers, and released the new card design

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Uninsured in PA Drops 45% Since Affordable Care Act Began

September 22, 2017

The latest data from the U.S. Census calculates that since passage of the Affordable Care Act  in 2010, Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate has declined from 10.2 percent in 2010 to 5.6 percent in 2016, a 45 percent decrease in our state’s uninsured population and the lowest number on record.

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