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As Flu Season Enters Peak, Pennsylvania Hospitals Continue to Manage IV Fluid Supply

January 16, 2018

As an especially severe flu season reaches its height, Pennsylvania hospitals continue to effectively manage the shortage of IV solution bags. Hurricane Maria disrupted production at more than 40 plants in Puerto Rico, and supplies remain low across the country.  Mark Ross, HAP's southeast regional manager, emergency preparedness, recently spoke to CNN and outlined the Pennsylvania hospital community’s response to the continued shortage. 

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HAP Achievement Awards Winner Spotlight: Bradford Regional Medical Center

January 12, 2018

Incredible work is being done across the state as Pennsylvania hospitals step up to improve health care and implement programs to tackle societal challenges. This week we’re sharing the award-winning program developed by Bradford Regional Medical Center that addresses violence as a community health issue. 

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11 new Medicare ACOs in Pennsylvania in 2018

January 12, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the 2018 list of accountable care organizations (ACOs) approved for the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). Among the 561 approved ACOs, 39 provide care to Medicare beneficiaries in Pennsylvania—a jump of 11 ACOs, up from 29 during 2017. 

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U.S. House Committee Releases Review and Recommendations for 340B Drug Pricing Program; HAP Advocates to Safeguard Key Program

January 11, 2018

Stemming from a multi-year review of the 340B drug pricing program, the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee has issued a report that summarizes the committee’s findings and lays out a series of policy recommendations. 

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CMS Issues Guidance Permitting States to Introduce Medicaid Work Requirements

January 11, 2018

Early today, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued policy guidance to state Medicaid agencies describing how states can impose work requirements as a condition of Medicaid eligibility for able-bodied, working age adults. 

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News Release: PA Hospitals Applaud Governor Wolf’s Disaster Declaration for the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic

January 10, 2018

News Release:  The Pennsylvania hospital community today applauded Governor Wolf’s announcement declaring the heroin and opioid epidemic as a statewide disaster emergency.

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Governor Wolf Announces Opioid Epidemic Statewide Disaster, Allowing State to Override Rules and Regs

January 10, 2018

Today, Governor Wolf held a press conference to declare the current opioid epidemic sweeping Pennsylvania to be a public health emergency and signed a statewide disaster declaration.

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CMS Launches New Voluntary Bundled-payment Model

January 10, 2018

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, part of The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced the first advanced alternative payment model under the Trump administration.

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Coverage Affordability, Drug Prices, and Opioid Epidemic Featured in U.S. Senate Hearings

January 09, 2018

During a hearing to vet Alex Azar, the nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee focused questions on the affordability of health insurance coverage, strategies to address skyrocketing drug prices, and the federal response to the opioid epidemic. 

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Kaiser Foundation Analysis Shows Individual Insurance Market Is Stabilizing

January 08, 2018

The Kaiser Family Foundation recently released an analysis of the individual insurance market through third quarter 2017. The analysis suggests that individual insurance market financial performance has improved.

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HAP Achievement Awards Winner Spotlight: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sewickley

January 05, 2018

Pennsylvania is home to some of the most cutting-edge hospitals in the country. Each year, HAP honors hospitals and health systems for their innovation, creativity, and commitment to patient care through its annual Achievement Awards program. In 2017, HAP selected 13 winning programs from more than 100 entries.

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Proposed Rule Seeks to Expand Options for Employer Sponsored Coverage

January 04, 2018

A proposed rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor would provide new flexibility under the federal ERISA law to allow employers to join together in an employer group or association to offer employer-sponsored health care coverage.

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New Data Submission System for Clinicians in the Quality Payment Program

January 03, 2018

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new data submission system for clinicians in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) aimed at easing the reporting burden of the program. HAP is supportive of efforts to streamline reporting.

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Hospitals Pursue Lawsuit to Reverse Cuts for 340B Hospitals

January 02, 2018

On December 29, 2017, the American Hospital Association (AHA), the Association of American Medical Colleges, and America’s Essential Hospitals announced that they are appealing a district court decision granting the government’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit that could have prevented Medicare payment cuts from taking effect for many hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program. The court decided that the lawsuit was premature, but did not address the merits of the claim.

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Nearly Half of Americans Would Like Health Care Addressed Nationally; Few are Confident of Progress

December 29, 2017

New poll results released by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reveal the top concerns among Americans. Issues topping the list include health care, education, the environment, and racism as the national priorities that Americans would like to see addressed during the coming year. But, most expressed little confidence that any significant progress would be made.

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