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Federal Report Provides Roadmap to Help People with Serious Mental Illness and Emotional Disturbance

December 22, 2017

The Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee released its first report to Congress about issues related to serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbance.

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News Release: PA Hospitals Say Temporary CHIP Fix Not Enough

December 22, 2017

News Release:  Facing another budget deadline, Congress approved a continuing resolution measure that funds the federal government through January 19, 2018. The legislation includes nearly $3 billion in funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which is enough to keep it operational through March, 2018. Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement. 

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Judge Hears Arguments in the 340B Federal Lawsuit

December 21, 2017

District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras heard arguments from both sides in the American Hospital Association's (AHA) lawsuit to prevent the Department of Health and Human Services from reducing Medicare payments for drugs acquired under the 340B program.

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While Life Expectancy Rises Around the World, U.S. Sees Second Year of Decline; Drug Overdoses are Major Contributor

December 21, 2017

A new report from the National Center for Health Statistics shows that Americans' life expectancy fell to 78.6 years, a second straight year of decline, which is being linked with drug overdose mortality.

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News Release: HAP Statement about Passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

December 20, 2017

News Release:  Earlier today, H.R. 1 (known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”), legislation to overhaul the nation’s tax system, cleared a final vote of Congressional approval. After the vote, Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement.

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New Resources Available about Sharing Mental and Behavioral Health Information to Improve Patient Treatment

December 19, 2017

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is providing new and updated information at its website about sharing mental and behavioral health information with a goal of improving patient care.

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Federal Lawmakers Seek State Input about Fighting Opioid Crisis

December 18, 2017

Federal Senate Health Committee leaders are reaching out to states to find out what they need from the federal government to fight the opioid epidemic.

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New Physician Quality Information Available at Physician Compare; HAP’s Care in PA also Helpful

December 18, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has added new quality information to its Physician Compare website to help consumers make better health care decisions.

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DHS Responds to PA Hospitals Questions as Community HealthChoices Rollout Nears

December 15, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) is on track to implement Phase One of Community HealthChoices (CHC), Pennsylvania’s new Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) program in 14 southwestern counties on January 1, 2018.

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Bill Expands Newborn Protection Act to Include Emergency Service Providers as Safe Havens for Newborns

December 15, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Legislature approved a bill that would expand the state’s Newborn Protection Act of 2002 to include emergency services providers as “safe havens” for women to relinquish their unwanted or impossible-to-care-for newborns to caregivers. The bill now heads to the Governor.

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As Open Enrollment Winds Down, Report Measures Big Progress in Access to Care

December 14, 2017

The Commonwealth Fund compared state trends in access to affordable health care between 2013 and 2016 and found that 47 states saw their adult uninsured rates drop by five percentage points or more in the first three years following the Affordable Care Act. With 2018 Open Enrollment ending tomorrow, HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals are urging individuals to make plan selections and complete enrollment by December 15. 

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Legislation Providing Safe Locations for Substance Abuse Recovery Heads to Governor

December 14, 2017

The Pennsylvania Senate took the final legislative step to approve legislation making it safer for recovering addicts undergoing treatment within the community or exiting inpatient treatment facilities. Senate Bill 446, sponsored by Senator Tom McGarrigle (R-Delaware) sets quality standards and a license process for recovery houses.

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Rate of Health Care Spending Growth Decreases

December 13, 2017

According to a study by the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), overall health spending grew by 4.3 percent during 2016, as compared to 5.8 percent in 2015.

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Hospital-Related State Legislation Advances Prior to Holiday Break

December 13, 2017

As the Pennsylvania legislature wraps up its last session week of 2017, both chambers considered two pieces of hospital-related legislation: House Bill 1234 and House Bill 1821.

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PA CHIP Receives Legislative Approval; Uncertainty Around Federal Funding Remains

December 12, 2017

The Pennsylvania legislature approved legislation to reauthorize the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2019. House Bill 1388 (Irvin, R-Huntingdon) now heads to Governor Wolf for his signature which he has indicated he will sign.

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