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Insurance Department Warns Consumers About “Off-Marketplace” Insurance Plans

November 09, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Acting Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman yesterday released an alert asking Pennsylvanians to be cautious about 2018 health insurance plans available for sale outside of the federal Healthcare.gov marketplace. Health plans that are not compliant with Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements could result in a tax penalty and ineligibility for federal tax credits.

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Meadville Medical Center Achieves Health Care Efficiency and Effectiveness through Care Coordination Initiative

November 08, 2017

Meadville Medical Center leadership discussed their successful care coordination initiative during the American Hospital Association Rural Hospital Executive Education Series.

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Federal Report Calls for Expanded Oversight of Opioid Use by Medicare Part D Beneficiaries

November 07, 2017

During 2016, more than 14 million Medicare Part D beneficiaries received opioid prescriptions. The Government Accountability Office has released a report recommending greater monitoring of opioid use among Medicare beneficiaries to reduce harm.

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State Delays Phases 2 and 3 of Community HealthChoices Program, Allowing More Time to Learn from Initial Rollout in West

November 06, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) announced that it is delaying the start dates for Phases 2 and 3 of Community HealthChoices (CHC), Pennsylvania’s new Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) program. DHS says it wants to learn from the Phase 1 rollout and allow time to make any necessary adjustments before implementing further phases.   

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U.S. House Passes CHIP Bill; Includes Two-Year Delay to DSH Cuts

November 03, 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years and provide a two-year delay to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payment cuts.

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2.9 Million Pennsylvanians Insured through Medicaid and CHIP; New Data from CMS

November 03, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a preliminary August 2017 report and supporting data on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment stats earlier this week.

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CMS Administrator Announces Effort to Reduce Providers’ Reporting Burden

November 03, 2017

Earlier this week, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma announced a new initiative to reduce the burden placed on providers to report on quality measures. “Meaningful Measures” will involve CMS assessing only core issues that are the most vital to providing high-quality care and improving patient outcomes.

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CMS Payment Rule Undercuts Key Program Supporting Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs

November 02, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a payment regulation that will undermine efforts to ensure access to affordable prescription drugs by dramatically cutting payments for drugs acquired under the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis Releases Report, Recommendations

November 02, 2017

Yesterday, the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis released its final report, including a set of recommendations for addressing the opioid crisis across a variety of federal, state, and local agencies.

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HHS Issues Patient Privacy Guidance for Crisis Situations

November 02, 2017

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights released new guidance on when and how health care providers can share a patient’s health information with his or her family members, friends, and legal personal representatives when that patient may be in crisis and incapacitated, such as during an opioid overdose.

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Open Enrollment Starts Today; HAP, PA Hospitals Encourage Pennsylvanians to Get Covered, Stay Covered

November 01, 2017

Today, HAP president and CEO Andy Carter joined Philadelphia Mayor Kenney and Health Commissioner Dr. Farley at a press conference promoting the start of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplace. Carter underscored the importance of securing health insurance coverage as well as how Pennsylvania hospitals are helping consumers find the right plan for them.

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Joint News Release: HAP Donate Life Hospital Challenge Top Performers, Designations Announced

November 01, 2017

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 2017 HAP Donate Life Hospital Challenge.

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Leapfrog Group Issues Report on Hospital Safety

October 31, 2017

Today, the Leapfrog Group has released its 2017 Hospital Safety Grades report that scores hospitals with letter grades to assess infection prevention and cleanliness, support of “strong health care teams,” and error prevention. The report is one of many quality resources that supply information for health care consumers and patients.

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Report Finds Drop in Uncompensated Care, Outpatient Growth for PA’s Non-Acute and Specialty Hospitals

October 31, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) released its Annual Report on the Financial Health of Pennsylvania Non-General Acute Care Hospitals, finding that uncompensated care saw a decrease of 17 percent or $3.3 million in fiscal year 2016. Specialty hospitals saw the largest percent point decrease, followed by psychiatric and long-term acute care

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November Provides Opportunity to Recognize Millions Who Care for Loved Ones

October 30, 2017

November is National Family Caregivers Month and provides an opportunity to recognize the more than 90 million Americans who are family caregivers for their loved ones; a large number of them providing care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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