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Survey: Busy Caregivers Neglect their Own Health

November 26, 2018

Survey results released last month by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research show that caregivers all too frequently neglect their own health care-related appointments, putting the health care needs of a family member or other loved one ahead of their own.

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PHC4 Financial Analysis Shows Mixed Bag for Specialty, Non-General Acute Care Hospitals

November 21, 2018

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) this week released its fiscal year (FY) 2017 analysis for non-general acute care (GAC) hospitals in Pennsylvania

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GAO Releases Recommendations for CMS about Managed Care Encounter Data Reporting

November 20, 2018

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report recommending that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) give states more information to ensure regulatory compliance regarding encounter data reliability in managed care organizations (MCO). The GAO found that CMS has provided states with limited information on how to fulfill new regulatory requirements related to encounter data reliability.

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New HAPevolve Industry Partner Launches Partnership to Improve Health Care Financing for Consumers

November 19, 2018

MDsave, a digital health startup that provides a single online location for consumers to research, compare, and purchase medical services, has joined HAPevolve, a subsidiary of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), as an industry partner.

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PA’s Independent Fiscal Office Presents State Budget Outlook; Notes Imbalance

November 16, 2018

The state's Independent Fiscal Office state budget outlook shows an imbalance of $1.71 billion for the upcoming fiscal year.

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Under ACA, Employment Rates and Employer-sponsored Insurance Rose along with Coverage Expansion

November 16, 2018

New analysis indicates that health insurance coverage gains under the Affordable Care Act were well-targeted to workers and their dependents who most needed help.

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HHS Secretary Plans to Increase Role in Addressing Social Determinants of Health

November 16, 2018

HHS Secretary Alex Azar outlined how HHS will take a leadership role in addressing social determinants of health.

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VIDEO: HAP Digs Deep into Election Results, Implications for PA Hospitals

November 15, 2018

HAP's Andy Carter and association advocates dig into the election results and analyze what they mean for the future of health care in Pennsylvania.

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News Release: New Report: PA Hospitals Decrease Mortality, Readmissions

November 15, 2018

News Release:  Pennsylvania’s hospitals continue to make strides in improving the quality and outcomes of the care they deliver to patients across the commonwealth, according to a report released today by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4).

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PA Legislature Picks Leadership Team for 2019–2020 Session

November 14, 2018

One week after the midterm elections, the Pennsylvania Legislature returned to Harrisburg to elect the four caucus’ leadership teams for the upcoming session.

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HAP Works to Increase Organ and Tissue Donations

November 13, 2018

This week, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 180 into law. The bill creates a framework for public education about organ and tissue donations; clarifies the methods for making anatomical donations; and updates the law to reflect the best clinical practices to support anatomical donations for transplantations.

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HAP Thanks State’s Veterans for Their Service

November 12, 2018

Pennsylvania is home to 820,000 Veterans, the fourth largest Veteran population in the nation. HAP thanks these men and women for their service and sacrifices to protect our freedom and way of life.

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Antibiotics Awareness Week Stresses Appropriate Use of Antibiotics

November 12, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention celebrates November 12–18 as U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week. This annual observance gives hospitals the opportunity to make the public aware of the importance of appropriate antibiotic use.

 

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Pennsylvanians Encouraged to Research Options, Shop for Health Care Coverage

November 09, 2018

During the first week of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) insurance marketplace, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services estimates that more than 371,000 individuals selected insurance plans via HealthCare.gov. Pennsylvanians have through December 15 to get covered and stay covered.

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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: UPMC Cole

November 09, 2018

UPMC Cole received HAP’s 2018 “Community Champions” Achievement Award for its successful creation of a regional health care collaborative with network partners focused on addressing the need for coordinated, patient-centered physical, behavioral health and drug and alcohol services for the at-risk population in our rural communities.

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