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New Data Predicts Skyrocketing Costs for Chronic Diseases in the U.S.

June 01, 2017

A new RAND Corporation analysis and related chart pack predicts that chronic disease in the U.S. will cost the nation as much as $42 trillion from 2016 and 2030. In Pennsylvania during the same period, the projected total cost of chronic disease is $1.7 trillion.

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Public Opinion Polling Shows Little Support for AHCA

May 31, 2017

The Kaiser Family Foundation’s most recent Health Tracking Poll shows that most of the public—55 percent—has an unfavorable view of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) which was recently passed by the House; less than a third (31 percent) of the respondents had a favorable view of the AHCA; and, the public has more favorable views of the Affordable Care Act at 49 percent, than unfavorable views at 42 percent.

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Social Security Numbers to be Removed from all Medicare Cards by April 2019

May 31, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards and is on schedule to begin mailing new Medicare beneficiary cards during April 2018.

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PA’s Senator Casey Calls for Strong Commitment to NIH Funding to Support Research That Saves and Improves Lives

May 30, 2017

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) are taking a lead role advocating for federal funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the 2018 federal budget.

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Pennsylvania Hospital Jobs Surpass 275,000

May 26, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry reports that Pennsylvania hospitals employed 275,200 workers in April 2017. This preliminary April jobs number represents a 700 job increase over the March 2017 hospital jobs and a three percent (3%) increase over the April 2016 hospital jobs (267,200).

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The REACH Act Introduced to Help Preserve Access to Care in Rural Communities

May 25, 2017

The Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital (REACH) Act (S. 1130) was introduced this week by Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA), Amy KJlobuchar (D-MN), and Cory Gardner (R-CO). The legislation would create a new Medicare payment designation for rural emergency care.

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American Health Care Act Meets Financial Target and Moves to Senate; HAP Hopeful Senate Rewrite Will Protect Coverage for Pennsylvanians

May 24, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis, released late today, estimates that enacting the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) would reduce the federal deficit by $119 billion over the coming decade and increase the number of people who are uninsured by 23 million in 2026 relative to current law.

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House Votes Unanimously to Advance Baker Credentialing Legislation

May 24, 2017

Earlier today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted 190-0 to advance House Health Committee Chairman Matt Baker’s (R-Tioga) landmark legislation to reform the physician credentialing process in the commonwealth.

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Trump Budget Proposal Slashes Medicaid, Threatens Access to Key Health Care Programs

May 23, 2017

Today, the Trump Administration’s Office of Management and Budget released its budget plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.

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Stroke Center Update Legislation Heads to Governor for Signature

May 23, 2017

As Stroke Awareness Month comes to an end, the Pennsylvania Senate voted unanimously to update the stroke designation law, ensuring that patients are taken to stroke centers that deliver the appropriate level of care.

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Governor Announces Pick for Head of New Department of Health and Human Services

May 23, 2017

Today, Governor Wolf announced current Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller as his pick to lead the proposed Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services. Miller has served as Pennsylvania’s Insurance Commissioner since 2015.

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PA Hospitals’ Economic Contributions Topped $121 Billion in 2016

May 23, 2017

News Release:  The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) today released its 2016 economic analysis, which shows that the health care industry continues to be one of Pennsylvania’s most important economic drivers.

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Newly Released Report Confirms Continued Progress in Sepsis Advances

May 22, 2017

Today in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, released results relating to sepsis and septic shock care. Nearly 50,000 patient records were reviewed for compliance with timely protocol initiation.

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Joins 15 States to Protect Cost-Sharing Payments under the ACA

May 19, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro joined 15 states and the District of Columbia attorneys general in petitioning to intervene in the lawsuit filed by the U.S. House of Representatives over the legality of cost-sharing payments under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Start of Joint Replacement Model and 340B Final Rule Delayed

May 19, 2017

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that further delays to January 1 the start date for its Cardiac and Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Bundled Payment Model. In addition, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) delayed to October 1 the effective date of its final rule on 340B drug ceiling prices and civil monetary penalties for manufacturers.

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