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Federal Task Force Draft Report on Pain Management Available for Public Comment

January 04, 2019

A federal task force charged with identifying, reviewing, and updating best practices surrounding pain management has released its long-awaited Draft Report on Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations.

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Pennsylvania’s Mid-Year Revenue Collections Exceed Estimates

January 03, 2019

As reported, Pennsylvania’s revenue collections exceeded estimates by more than $400 million for the halfway point of the 2018–2019 fiscal year, thanks to corporate revenue tax and a significant uptick in the sales and use tax. While there is still another six months left in the fiscal year, Governor Wolf’s budget secretary also expressed optimism in the health of Pennsylvania’s fiscal situation when presenting the commonwealth’s mid-year budget briefing.

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New CMS Price Transparency Requirements Take Effect; Patients Encouraged to Contact Their Hospitals for More Information

January 02, 2019

A new federal requirement aimed at increasing hospital price transparency took effect January 1, 2019. In its 2019 inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) final rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its guidelines to require that all hospitals in the United States post a list of their standard charges—known as a chargemaster—on their websites in a machine-readable format updated at least annually.

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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: Washington Health System

December 31, 2018

Each year HAP recognizes hospitals from around the state that develop innovative programs to improve the quality of care, patient experience, and technology to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Washington Health System was awarded HAP’s “Excellence in Care” 2018 Achievement Award for its Ambulatory Heart Failure: Pathway to a Better Life initiative, which focused on congestive heart failure care and improving the quality of life for heart failure patients.

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Federal Court Ruling Blocks Detrimental Payment Cut Impacting 340B Hospitals

December 28, 2018

The D.C. District Court blocked a nearly 30 percent payment cut impacting many hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program—a program that helps hospitals and patients manage the ever-increasing burden of prescription drug costs.

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Employee Education Remains Critical to Avoid Ransomware Attacks in Health Care Organizations

December 28, 2018

More than a year after the May 2017 WannaCry cyberattack that severely impacted the health care industry, WannaCry still tops the list of major threats to health care organizations. Employee education can be a critical factor in avoiding a cyberattack.

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Lawmakers Taking Action in Face of Texas Court Ruling about Affordable Care Act

December 27, 2018

A number of state and federal lawmakers plan to fight to protect the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act during early 2019.

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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: UPMC Passavant

December 26, 2018

HAP is spotlighting UPMC Passavant’s work to make colon cancer screening easy and accessible. UPMC Passavant received HAP’s 2018 Community Champions Achievement Award for its program to improve the screening rate for people who have avoided a colonoscopy.

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Holidays can be Difficult for Those Impacted by Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders; Help is Available

December 24, 2018

Help is available for individuals affected by mental health and substance use disorders throughout the holiday season. 

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Nearly 370,000 Pennsylvanians Sign Up for ACA Marketplace Coverge, Part of Nearly 8.5 Million Nationwide

December 21, 2018

According to preliminary data from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), 369,954 Pennsylvanians used HealthCare.gov to select Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace health plans for 2019—about a five percent drop in enrollment compared to last year.

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Congress Advances Maternal Health Legislation

December 20, 2018

In response to increasing alarm over rising maternal mortality rates and heightened attention to maternal health outcomes, Congress passed two important pieces of legislation designed to prevent maternal deaths and increase access to maternity care.

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Governor’s Ready to Start Task Force Releases Key Themes and Initial Findings

December 19, 2018

In September, Governor Tom Wolf established the Ready to Start Task Force to develop strategies for addressing health, human services, and education policy for infants and toddlers age zero to three in Pennsylvania. Now the task force has released a report identifying key themes for their work and initial findings.

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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: Jefferson Torresdale Hospital

December 18, 2018

Jefferson Torresdale Hospital was awarded HAP's “Living the Vision” 2018 Achievement Award for the Progressive Mobility Program to enhance outcomes for critically ill patients being cared for in intensive care units (ICU). The program achieved sustained improvements in the quality of patients’ ICU stays. 

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HAP, Hospitals Lament Texas Court Ruling that ACA Is Unconstitutional, But Emphasize that Coverage Remains Unaffected

December 17, 2018

Hospitals and health systems in Pennsylvania and nationwide are extremely disappointed with the recent federal district court ruling declaring the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional. The ruling puts at risk comprehensive health coverage for millions of Pennsylvanians, including those with pre-existing conditions and those who rely on the marketplace and Medicaid expansion and for their coverage.

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Open Enrollment Continues to Lag with One Day Left; Pennsylvanians Encouraged to Get Covered, Stay Covered

December 14, 2018

With just one day remaining during the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplace, Pennsylvanians who get their insurance through the marketplace, or who are uninsured, should take advantage of this opportunity to get covered and stay covered.

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