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JAMA Article Outlines Pennsylvania’s Rural Global Budget Pilot

April 09, 2018

A recent Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) article, “A Path to Sustain Rural Hospitals,” provided an overview of the recent work in Pennsylvania to create a global budget pilot for rural hospitals in the state. During January 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania announced the launch of a new, voluntary program aimed at shifting reimbursement from a fee-for-service model based on volume to a multi-payor global budget methodology focused on population health.

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CDC, Infectious Disease Professionals Urge Action to Stop the Spread of Antibiotic-resistant Germs

April 06, 2018

In recent weeks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and several associations of health care professionals stressed the importance of efforts to combat the spread of unusual germs that are resistant to all or most antibiotics or can spread their resistance to other germs.

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New Tools Help Patients Be Stewards of Their Own Health Care Records

April 05, 2018

Both U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Apple Inc. have recently released tools designed to help patients more easily access and use their health records. The goal of this easier access is to support enhanced patient-provider engagement and, ultimately, better health.

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News Release: PA Hospitals Kick off National Donate Life Month with Hospital Challenge

April 05, 2018

News Release:  The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) is proud to again partner with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the state’s two organ procurement organizations—the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) and the Gift of Life Donor Program—to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation.

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Governor Renews 90-day Opioid Disaster Declaration, Reviews Progress

April 04, 2018

Governor Wolf today announced the renewal of the 90-day opioid disaster declaration established to support an all-hands-on-deck approach to engaging multiple state agencies in a cohesive, concentrated, well-orchestrated effort to attack the epidemic.

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More than 389,000 Pennsylvanians Sign Up for Health Insurance under the ACA, Part of More than 11.8 Million Nationwide

April 04, 2018

During the 2018 open enrollment period (November 1–December 15, 2017), 389,081 Pennsylvanians signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health insurance marketplace, HealthCare.gov.

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NIH Doubles Funding for Opioid-related Research, Launches New Initiative

April 04, 2018

National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today the launch of the HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative, designed to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis. 

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New Kaiser Poll Shows Americans Value Having Health Insurance

April 03, 2018

Recently released findings from the Kaiser Health Tracking Poll for March 2018 show that Americans, including those in the non-group market, value having health insurance. 

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Comprehensive Care Transitions Help Reduce Readmissions for Heart Attack Patients

April 03, 2018

A study of heart attack patients at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital shows that consistent discharge education and hand-off to non-hospital physicians can decrease by 48 percent the likelihood of sudden, premature return to the hospital after discharge. The research was recently published in the American Journal of Medical Quality.

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PA Enrollees to Begin Receiving New Medicare Cards

April 02, 2018

Starting this May, Medicare enrollees in Pennsylvania will be among the first to receive their new Medicare cards using unique, 11-character Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBI) to replace the previous Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICN) based on Social Security Numbers.

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National Doctors Day is a Day to Thank Pennsylvania Physicians

March 30, 2018

Thank you to Pennsylvania’s nearly 48,000 physicians, many who are working to improve the health of patients and communities in hospitals and health systems across the state.

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HRSA Report on Health Equity Calls for Strong Partnerships and a Focus on Social Determinants of Health

March 29, 2018

 A report issued by the Health Resources and Services Administration presents a current picture of and progress made to address health equity issues affecting the country’s diverse, vulnerable, and socially disadvantaged populations.

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DHS and DOH Close out State Budget Hearings, Hospital Assessment and Opioids Discussed

March 28, 2018

During state Senate budget hearing, Committee Chair Senator Lisa Baker asked DHS about the administration’s plan to take additional funds from the hospital Quality Care Assessment to help balance the state’s general fund.

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PHC4 Report Underscores the Need for Additional Resources to Address Opioid Epidemic

March 28, 2018

News Release:  The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) today released a research brief about the rise in neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) hospital stays in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania hospitals are working as key partners with state and local government and community organizations to prevent substance use disorder (which reduces the frequency of NAS), to educate the public about the dangers of opioid misuse, and to care for patients.

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As PA Hospitals Adopt Solutions to Address Opioid Crisis, Report Shows Impacts of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

March 28, 2018

The PHC4 brief says hospitalizations for newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome topped 1,900 during 2017. Pennsylvania hospitals are adopting initiatives to help these babies and their mothers. 

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