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Deadline Extended for HealthCare.gov Enrollments

December 16, 2016

The deadline for consumers to sign up for health care insurance via HealthCare.gov has been extended to Monday, December 19 for plans that go into effect January 1. This extension gives Americans additional time to select their health insurance.

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New Data Available for Consumers About Care in Long-Term Care Hospitals and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities

December 16, 2016

Consumers now will have an opportunity to learn more about the quality of long-term care hospitals (LTCH) and inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRF). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched two consumer-facing websites that provide quality data on LTCHs and IRFs.

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HAP, PA Lawmakers Share Insight, Importance of Achieving Telemedicine Legislation

December 15, 2016

The Pennsylvania Chapters of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society hosted a webinar at HAP’s headquarters in Harrisburg about the ongoing effort to implement telemedicine legislation in the commonwealth. During the webinar, HAP President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Carter was on hand to provide an update on the collective effort of HAP and the Pennsylvania Medical Society to achieve telemedicine legislation.

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HAP Launches New Health Care Quality, Cost Resource For Pennsylvanians

December 15, 2016

News Release: The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania today launched its new online tool, Care in Pennsylvania, to provide consumers with user-friendly health care quality and cost information.

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HAP Launches Effort to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

December 15, 2016

HAP—through its Hospital Improvement Innovation Network and in partnership with The Health Care Improvement Foundation and Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network—has launched a three-year effort to reduce hospital readmissions.

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PA Budget Secretary Presents Mid-Year Budget Briefing About State’s Fiscal Status

December 14, 2016

During June, the Governor signed a $31.5 billion budget for the 2016–2017 fiscal year. As is customary, the Budget Secretary, Randy Albright, presented a mid-year budget briefing about the state’s fiscal status.

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VA Takes Significant Step to Increase Vets’ Access to Health Care; Grants Full Practice Authority to Certain Advanced Practice Nurses

December 14, 2016

In an effort to increase veterans’ access to primary care, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has finalized a rule that will allow certain advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) to practice to the full extent of their education and training in VA facilities.

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New Person and Family Engagement Strategy Empowers Consumers to Control their Health Care Plans

December 13, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the CMS Person and Family Engagement Strategy, intended to promote consumers and their caregivers in the definition, design, and delivery of their care. The strategy stresses that the consideration of the health, values, and goals of the individual, in consultation with the entire health care team, leads to an improved experience and better care.

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Consumers Can Work with Hospitals to Make Communities Healthier

December 12, 2016

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was created to expand health insurance coverage to uninsured individuals, lower health care costs, and transform the delivery of health care. Even if the ACA is dismantled and replaced, the transformation of health care delivery will continue, with a greater emphasis on prevention, chronic disease management, and addressing the social determinants of health.

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Congressional Leaders Seek State Input About ACA Repeal and Replace; HAP Planning Meetings to Share Hospital Priorities

December 09, 2016

The U.S. House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), joined by key U.S. House Republican leaders, sent a letter to governors and state insurance commissioners asking for their ideas about replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). HAP leaders will be discussing the hospital and health system community’s priorities with the Wolf Administration, and HAP continues to build on ongoing dialogues with federal elected officials.

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New Report Examines Effects of Affordable Care Act Repeal on Hospitals and Health Systems

December 08, 2016

The American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals recently released a report that quantifies the impact of a potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act would have on hospitals and health systems.

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New Online Tool Helps Pennsylvanians Shop for Health Coverage

December 07, 2016

The Pennsylvania Department of Insurance has launched a new, interactive website designed to help Pennsylvanians shop for health coverage. The Pennsylvania Plan Comparison Tool 2017 lets consumers compare plans available on the Health Insurance Marketplace as well as plans available outside the marketplace.

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Per-Capita Health Care Spending Grows along with Coverage and Utilization, But at Slower Rates

December 06, 2016

During 2015, per-capita health care spending grew by 5.0 percent and overall health spending grew by 5.8 percent, according to a study by the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Those annual rates continue to be below the rates of most years prior to passage of the Affordable Care Act—even as millions of people have gained coverage.

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State, Federal Efforts Focus on Flu Prevention as Peak Season Nears

December 05, 2016

While seasonal flu activity varies, it usually peaks between December and February and can last as late as May. With December a frequent time for families and friends to get together, Pennsylvania hospitals, along with other state and federal organizations, are encouraging hospital employees and the general public to receive a flu vaccine.

 

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Pennsylvania Budget Deficit Grows, Setting Up Difficult Decisions Next Year

December 02, 2016

Pennsylvania’s Revenue Department yesterday released its collections report for November, indicating that General Fund revenue collections for the month totaled $2 billion. This amount is $79.5 million, or 3.8 percent, less than expected.

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