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Federal Policymakers Continue to Pursue Solutions to Opioid Epidemic

April 12, 2018

On the heels of investing nearly $4 billion in new resources to tackle the opioid epidemic in the recently enacted fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations act, Congressional committees are vetting new policy avenues to improve the response to the opioid crisis. 

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HAP Notes Important Role of Surgical Technologists, Raises Concerns about Certification Bill

April 11, 2018

Today, HAP participated in a public hearing about House Bill 1805 (Ward, R-Hollidaysburg), legislation that would require surgical technologists to be certified and undergo annual continuing education.

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Study Shows Value of Medicaid in Providing Access to Care and Preventive Services

April 11, 2018

A study conducted by the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) found that adults and children in a Medicaid health plan had significantly better access to care and preventive services than did people with no health coverage.

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PA House Approves Health Care Workforce Study

April 10, 2018

Today in Harrisburg, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling for a study of Pennsylvania’s long-term health care workforce needs. 

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CMS Finalizes Rules Governing Health Insurance Marketplaces

April 10, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday issued its final rule impacting insurance plans offered on the health insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act. 

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JAMA Article Outlines Pennsylvania’s Rural Global Budget Pilot

April 09, 2018

A recent Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) article, “A Path to Sustain Rural Hospitals,” provided an overview of the recent work in Pennsylvania to create a global budget pilot for rural hospitals in the state. During January 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania announced the launch of a new, voluntary program aimed at shifting reimbursement from a fee-for-service model based on volume to a multi-payor global budget methodology focused on population health.

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CDC, Infectious Disease Professionals Urge Action to Stop the Spread of Antibiotic-resistant Germs

April 06, 2018

In recent weeks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and several associations of health care professionals stressed the importance of efforts to combat the spread of unusual germs that are resistant to all or most antibiotics or can spread their resistance to other germs.

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New Tools Help Patients Be Stewards of Their Own Health Care Records

April 05, 2018

Both U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Apple Inc. have recently released tools designed to help patients more easily access and use their health records. The goal of this easier access is to support enhanced patient-provider engagement and, ultimately, better health.

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News Release: PA Hospitals Kick off National Donate Life Month with Hospital Challenge

April 05, 2018

News Release:  The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) is proud to again partner with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the state’s two organ procurement organizations—the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) and the Gift of Life Donor Program—to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation.

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Governor Renews 90-day Opioid Disaster Declaration, Reviews Progress

April 04, 2018

Governor Wolf today announced the renewal of the 90-day opioid disaster declaration established to support an all-hands-on-deck approach to engaging multiple state agencies in a cohesive, concentrated, well-orchestrated effort to attack the epidemic.

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More than 389,000 Pennsylvanians Sign Up for Health Insurance under the ACA, Part of More than 11.8 Million Nationwide

April 04, 2018

During the 2018 open enrollment period (November 1–December 15, 2017), 389,081 Pennsylvanians signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health insurance marketplace, HealthCare.gov.

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NIH Doubles Funding for Opioid-related Research, Launches New Initiative

April 04, 2018

National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today the launch of the HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative, designed to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis. 

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New Kaiser Poll Shows Americans Value Having Health Insurance

April 03, 2018

Recently released findings from the Kaiser Health Tracking Poll for March 2018 show that Americans, including those in the non-group market, value having health insurance. 

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Comprehensive Care Transitions Help Reduce Readmissions for Heart Attack Patients

April 03, 2018

A study of heart attack patients at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital shows that consistent discharge education and hand-off to non-hospital physicians can decrease by 48 percent the likelihood of sudden, premature return to the hospital after discharge. The research was recently published in the American Journal of Medical Quality.

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PA Enrollees to Begin Receiving New Medicare Cards

April 02, 2018

Starting this May, Medicare enrollees in Pennsylvania will be among the first to receive their new Medicare cards using unique, 11-character Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBI) to replace the previous Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICN) based on Social Security Numbers.

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