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Federal Opioid Packages Advance in Congressional Committees

April 26, 2018

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee and U.S. House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee approved legislative packages designed to take next steps at the federal level to address the opioid epidemic.

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News Release: Latest PHC4 Report Shows Drop in Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations

April 26, 2018

News Release:  The latest Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) report highlights the important work that hospitals are doing to help consumers maintain optimal health and delay disease progression. The report, released today, found that during the past decade—fiscal year (FY) 2009 through FY 2017—the rate of potentially preventable hospitalizations dropped by 28 percent.

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Hospital Supporter Senator Baker Recognizes PA Hospitals on Senate Floor

April 25, 2018

Today, the Pennsylvania Senate adopted a resolution recognizing the week of May 6–12, 2018, as “National Hospital Week” in the commonwealth. Sponsored by Senator Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne), Senate Resolution 351 highlights the critical role hospitals play in delivering vital health care and improving the quality of life in Pennsylvania communities.

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AHA Opposes Short-Term, Limited-Duration Health Insurance Policies; Details Potentially Negative Impact in Comment Letter

April 25, 2018

The American Hospital Association (AHA) this week submitted a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, emphasizing concern surrounding a proposed federal rule amending the definition of short-term, limited-duration health insurance policies. The AHA cautioned the rule would undermine efforts to promote greater enrollment in coverage that provides vital consumer protections, ultimately reducing costs by balancing insurance market risk pools.

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Patient Experience Week is April 23–27, 2018

April 24, 2018

Pennsylvania health care providers and consumers have the opportunity to celebrate Patient Experience Week April 2327, 2018. This annual event, organized by The Beryl Institute, provides a focused time for organizations to celebrate accomplishments, reenergize efforts, and honor individuals who impact the patient experience every day.

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Financial Obstacles Preventing Some Americans from Getting Needed Health Care

April 23, 2018

A new consumer study indicates that many Americans fear the high costs associated with a serious illness more than the illness itself; only 33 percent feared the illness more. Survey findings also identified serious disparities; Hispanic and black Americans and families with lower incomes had greater concerns about medical bills than other Americans did.

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U.S. Continues to Improve Preparedness for Health Emergencies

April 20, 2018

The country’s ability to respond to and recover from any large-scale health emergency is becoming more important as security threats increase in the United States and globally. During 2017, the United States spent more than $300 billion responding to disasters and emergency events.

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PA Receives $26 Million in 21st Century CURE Acts Funding to Fuel the Commonwealth’s Response to the Opioid Crisis

April 19, 2018

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released $485 million in second year funding for the Opioid State Targeted Response grants.  The grants were awarded to 57 states and territories, including $26 million for Pennsylvania, to enhance efforts to combat the opioid crisis. 

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Updated Data and New Service Areas | Seventh Release of CMS Market Saturation and Utilization Data Tool

April 19, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated quarterly data and added new features in the seventh release of the Market Saturation and Utilization Data Tool. The latest release, available this week, added Federally Qualified Health Centers and Ophthalmology data in addition to the 14 service areas in release six.

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CEO of J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Talks to State Lawmakers about Important Health Care Priorities

April 18, 2018

“The role of safety net providers in meeting the health care needs of rural underserved populations” was the topic at the 2018 Rural Pennsylvania Legislative Briefing at the Capitol this morning. The bi-cameral, bi-partisan briefing was hosted by Senator Lisa Baker, Majority Chairperson of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee; Representative Kathy Rapp, Majority Chairperson of the Health Committee; and Lisa Davis, Director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health.

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HAP-Supported Bill to Curb Opioids, Reform Workers Comp Sent to Governor

April 17, 2018

Yesterday evening, the Pennsylvania House voted 101-92 to approve HAP-supported legislation to curb the use of opioids by injured workers and to better the commonwealth’s workers’ compensation system.

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Pennsylvania Hospital Emphasize Connection Between Food Insecurity and Health; Call for Support for Federal Nutrition Programs

April 17, 2018

In anticipation of the Farm Bill that was released this past week, HAP hosted an informational listening session in Washington D.C. for members of the Pennsylvania delegation and members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. Congressman G. T. Thompson (PA-05) and Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-02) were among the participants of a hospital and community stakeholder listening session focusing on how hospitals and health systems are working to address food insecurity.

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HAP Encourages Conversations about End-of-Life Care Today and Every Day

April 16, 2018

April 16–22 is a week devoted to discussing end-of-life care. During National Healthcare Decisions Day, HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals encourage individuals to use this day as an opportunity to discuss end-of-life care preferences.

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Court Rules against DHS in HealthChoices Bid Protests, HAP Assessing Next Steps

April 13, 2018

This week, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled against the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) in three separate appeals from bidders involved in the HealthChoices procurement process. HAP staff reviewed the court documents and have contacted DHS for its analysis of the future of the HealthChoices program.

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PA Hospitals Raise Awareness for Organ, Tissue Donation during Donate Life Blue and Green Day

April 13, 2018

Today, hospitals across the country are joining in the celebration of National Donate Life Blue and Green Day, in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of organ, eye, and tissue donations.

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