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House Committee Hearing Addresses Value of Telemedicine in PA; Need for Coverage Consistency

September 12, 2018

News Release:  Members of Pennsylvania’s hospital community were in Harrisburg today to appear before a key state House of Representatives panel to discuss the value of telemedicine in patient care.

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HAP Outlines Priorities for Physician Payment Policy

September 11, 2018

This week, HAP provided feedback for newly proposed policies that will impact how physicians are paid and seek to promote the goals of an initiative to encourage providers to focus on “Patients over Paperwork.”

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Telemedicine to Be Discussed Wednesday at State House Hearing

September 10, 2018

On Wednesday, September 12, representatives from several Pennsylvania hospitals will appear before the state House Professional Licensure Committee to discuss the benefits of telemedicine. 

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Joint News Release: Record Outcomes for 2018 HAP Donate Life PA Hospital Challenge

September 07, 2018

Joint News Release:  The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), Gift of Life Donor Program, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) today announced the top hospitals and health systems of the 2018 HAP Donate Life Pennsylvania Hospital Challenge.

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Legislation Championed by Senator Casey to Support Training of Pediatricians Poised to Become Law

September 06, 2018

The U.S. Senate approved legislation, spearheaded by U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D, PA), that will support and reinforce the training of pediatricians and pediatric specialists.

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HAP Sepsis Conference Highlights New Research, Best Practices

September 06, 2018

News Release:  Yesterday, sepsis researchers and experts, as well as clinical staff from across the state met in Harrisburg for The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s (HAP) 2018 Sepsis Conference.

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Hospitals Refile Lawsuit to Reverse 340B Cuts

September 05, 2018

Several national provider organizations and three hospital plaintiffs refiled their lawsuit to reverse Medicare payment cuts for many hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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New Report Highlights Providers’ Perspectives about Health Care Disruption

September 05, 2018

Reaction Data recently secured feedback from nearly a hundred health care and hospital leaders about health care disrupters, emerging technologies, and partnership activity. Their Healthcare Disruption report reveals insights about the ever-changing health care landscape.

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State Cancels Process to Find Community HealthChoices Vendor; Will Revise Needs and Issue New RFP

September 04, 2018

Two state departments are cancelling their Request for Procurement seeking a vendor to facilitate eligibility and enrollment for the Community HealthChoices Program and other long-term services and supports  programs. 

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Forty Eight Percent of Survey Respondents Support National Health Insurance Program

August 31, 2018

According to the results of PwC’s Health Research Institute survey on national health plans, 48 percent of respondents support a national health insurance program available to all Americans in which physician practices and hospitals would remain private, while 57 percent support expanding Medicaid eligibility to any US resident.

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Analysis Finds Rate of Preexisting Conditions Could Limit Access to Care Under Short-Term Plans

August 30, 2018

An analysis by Kaiser Family Foundation maps the rates of preexisting conditions across the U.S., finding that even within the same state, the prevalence of such conditions can vary substantially.

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CMS Announces New Model to Address Impact of the Opioid Crisis for Children

August 29, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a new Innovation Center state payment and local service delivery model, Integrated Care for Kids (InCK), to combat the nation’s opioid crisis.

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Briggs Appointed Democratic Chair of State House Health Committee

August 28, 2018

Following in the footsteps of former minority chair of the House Health Committee, State Representative Flo Fabrizio (D-Erie), State Representative Tim Briggs (D-Montgomery) has been appointed the new minority chair of the committee.

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Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force Issues Report, Support for Telemedicine Legislation among Recommendations

August 27, 2018

The findings of the Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force were issued today, detailing recommendations for how the state, communities, and school officials can collaborate to prevent school-based violence. The recommendations included increased access to mental health services and, to that end, called upon the administration and the General Assembly to enact legislation securing reimbursement for telemedicine.

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Telemedicine Support in Skilled Nursing Facilities Can Prevent Avoidable Hospitalizations

August 24, 2018

In a recent case study about the use of telemedicine after hours in a skilled nursing facility, 29 percent of the patients that were evaluated by a doctor using telemedicine were able to avoid a hospital visit, with an estimated savings of about $1.55 million during a one-year period.

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