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Quality Up, Mortality and Readmission Rates Down for Heart Surgery Patients in PA

January 31, 2017

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) today said that a new report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) shows improvements in the safety and quality of heart surgeries performed by Pennsylvania physicians in Pennsylvania hospitals.

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Governor Proposes Consolidating State Agencies, Citing Improved Delivery of Health and Welfare Services

January 30, 2017

Governor Tom Wolf announced a plan to consolidate four state agencies—Aging, Health, Human Services, and Drug and Alcohol Programs—under a proposed state Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that would oversee the state’s health and welfare programs.

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FTC Acting Chair Advocates for Health Care Policies––Emphasizes Importance of Telehealth

January 27, 2017

The new acting chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Maureen Ohlhausen, has laid out her positions about several health care policies to improve the health care delivery system.

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National Governors Association Urges Congress to Keep Patients at the Forefront During ACA Debate

January 26, 2017

Bipartisan leaders of the National Governors Association have weighed in with Congressional leaders about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid reform specifically.

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New Report Looks at Premature Mortality in U.S.; Public Health Successes and Challenges

January 26, 2017

The National Institutes for Health (NIH) released new research that suggests that public health efforts to reduce tobacco use and improved diagnoses and treatment for certain diseases is having a positive impact.

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U.S. Senators Spur Discussion on Policies to Replace the Affordable Care Act

January 25, 2017

As Congressional leaders continue to consider how to move forward in repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Republican senators are spurring discussion about more tangible proposals to replace the law.

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Congressional Committees Place Focus on ACA

January 24, 2017

Three Congressional hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC today continued to place a spotlight on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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PA House Health Committee Votes to Revamp PA Stroke Center Law

January 24, 2017

During the first House Health Committee meeting of the new legislative session, House Bill 23, which makes changes to the state’s stroke center law, was voted out of committee unanimously.

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First Actions by Trump Administration Place Focus on Affordable Care Act

January 23, 2017

In one of his first acts after being sworn in as the 45th president, President Trump signed an executive order outlining the broad policy direction of the new Administration with respect to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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PA Hospitals Aim to Reduce Sepsis Mortality by 20%

January 20, 2017

As part of the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), HAP is partnering with acute care hospitals to reduce post-operative sepsis and overall sepsis mortality by 20 percent. 

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PA Hospitals Begin New Collaborative to Improve Medication Safety

January 19, 2017

Through the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), and in partnership with Patient Safety Authority, HAP has begun a new initiative to help hospitals enhance safety practices related to the use of opioid, anticoagulant, and insulin medications.

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U.S. Senate Vets HHS Secretary Nominee

January 18, 2017

Next steps regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were a significant focus of the first confirmation hearing for U.S. Representative Tom Price (R, GA), President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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PA Moves Forward with Medical Marijuana Implementation

January 18, 2017

Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy released applications for grower/processor and dispensary licenses for Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program.  Applications will be accepted until March 20, 2017.

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CBO Forecasts New Impacts to Coverage Under ACA Repeal-only Proposal

January 17, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a new report estimating changes in coverage and premiums that could result from repealing the individual and employer mandates and subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but leaving in place the insurance market reforms.

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CMS’ Final Rule on Medicaid Pass-through Payments

January 17, 2017

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted a final rule regarding changes to pass-through payment transition periods and the maximum amount of pass-through payments permitted annually during the transition periods under Medicaid managed care contracts and rate certifications.  

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