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State Senate Approves Health Emergency Legislation

June 20, 2018

The state Senate unanimously approved Senator Jay Costa's (D-Allegheny) legislation to formally allow the Pennsylvania Department of Health to declare a public health emergency.

 

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IFO Releases State Economic Picture; Hospital QCA Assessment Increase Too High

June 19, 2018

The Pennsylvania Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) released its June 2018 revenue forecast, which points to a more stable state economic picture.

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U.S. Senate Committee Discusses Oversight of 340B Drug Discount Program

June 19, 2018

During a hearing before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, the federal agency in charge of the 340B Drug Discount Program outlined how the program works and provided an overview of steps that have been taken to strengthen oversight.

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Governor Proposes Raid on PA Hospital Funds as New Report Says Federal Hospitals Cuts will Total $218.2 Billion by 2028

June 18, 2018

A new report says hospitals across the country will be hit with ongoing federal payment cuts that will total $218.2 billion by 2028. 

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National Health Care Groups Act to Support Health Care Coverage for People with Pre-existing Conditions

June 15, 2018

A group of national hospital, physician, and insurance advocacy groups are taking legal action to protect health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

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CMS Delays Updates to its Hospital Quality Star Ratings

June 14, 2018

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the postponement of the planned release of its updated overall hospital quality star ratings on Hospital Compare slated for July. The delay, said to be due to concerns from stakeholders, will allow CMS to perform analyses on proposed changes to methodology posted during May.

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Opioid Legislation Remains Top Focus in Washington; Legislation Advancing

June 14, 2018

Action this week in both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate moves the legislative process forward in advancing a package of opioid policies that seek to address multi-faceted elements of the opioid crisis by expanding access to treatment and recovery, promoting prevention strategies, and enhancing law enforcement responses.

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Consumers and Hospitals Help Get Votes to Pass Critical Telemedicine Bill

June 13, 2018

Hospitals and consumers played a key role in getting a telemedicine bill approved that will expand access to health care. Today, the Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 780, sponsored by Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver).

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Report Details Opioid Overdose Hospitalization Trends, HAP Continues Work to Address Opioid Crisis

June 13, 2018

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) today released a report detailing hospitalization trends related to the opioid overdoses. While the research shows that Pennsylvania is making progress in addressing the opioid crisis, it also highlights the heartbreaking reality that the opioid use disorder touches every part of the state, and all demographic and socioeconomic groups.

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U.S. Senate Hearing Examines Administration’s Blueprint to Lower Prescription Drug Prices

June 13, 2018

In the face of the rising prices of prescription drugs placing an increasing financial burden on patients and hospitals, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar testified before the U.S. Senate on steps the Administration is taking to address drug prices.

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News Release: PA Senate Approves Telemedicine Legislation

June 13, 2018

News Release:  The Pennsylvania Senate today took a major step in helping expand access to telemedicine across the commonwealth.

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HAP Commends New Federal Effort to Strengthen 340B Drug Pricing Program

June 12, 2018

HAP commends new legislation, the Stretching Entity Resources for Vulnerable (SERV) Communities Act, which makes important enhancements that strengthen the 340B Drug Pricing Program. The 340B program helps hospitals stretch scarce resources to better serve vulnerable patients and communities particularly as the price of prescription drugs places an increasing financial burden on patients and hospitals. 

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Health Literacy Identified as Barrier to Good Health; 'Engage for Health' Program Can Help

June 11, 2018

A statement issued by the American Heart Association and published in the journal Circulation highlights limited health literacy as a significant, invisible barrier to good health for many Americans. The Engage for Health, health literacy program can help.

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Trump Administration Argues that Key Parts of ACA Should be Invalidated

June 08, 2018

Yesterday, the Trump Administration sided with Texas and a coalition of 19 other Republican-led states that filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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National and State Suicide Rates Continue to Increase; Access to Behavioral Health Care Critical

June 08, 2018

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a VitalSigns monthly report highlighting the increasing rate of suicide across the nation. It states that suicide rates have increased in almost every state from 1999 through 2016. In Pennsylvania, the suicide rate increased 34.3 percent; a startling statistic that underscores the pressing need for more focused attention on behavioral health care services.

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