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House Committee Passes Legislation Creating Opioid Task Force Focused on Children

April 09, 2019

Recognizing that the opioid crisis remains a major concern in the commonwealth, state Representative Clint Owlett (R–Tioga) has introduced legislation to establish the Opioid Abuse Child Impact Task Force.

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Nurse Leaders, Lawmakers Rally in Support of Full Practice Authority for Certified Nurse Practitioners

April 09, 2019

Nurse practitioners and health care champions met in Harrisburg today to rally in support of legislative proposals to help advanced practices professionals obtain full practice authority in Pennsylvania.

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Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative Set for April Launch; Hospitals Join Forces to Improve Mom and Baby Outcomes

April 08, 2019

The Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative will launch during April, with a focus on reducing maternal mortality and improving care for pregnant and postpartum women and newborns affected by opioids. Hospitals are encouraged to join the PA PQC by April 17 and to register for the first Learning Collaborative session.

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AHRQ, GAO Report on Use—and Underuse—of Behavioral Health Services

April 05, 2019

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) last week released a Statistical Brief analyzing inpatient stays involving mental and substance use disorders (MSUD) in community hospitals. AHRQ examined MSUD-related inpatient stay characteristics, including costs, length of stay, discharge status, patient demographics, primary expected payor, and hospital location. 

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Report Shows Use of Telehealth Growing Faster Than Use of Other Alternative Care Sites

April 04, 2019

Independent non-profit FAIR Health’s second annual report shows the nation’s use of telehealth (also called telemedicine) grew 53 percent from 2016 to 2017, outpacing increases in utilization at the other alternative care sites studied.

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Federal Lawmakers and Stakeholders Aligned in Focusing on Protecting Patients from Surprise Balance Bills

April 03, 2019

Broad consensus continues to emerge regarding the need to pursue policy that will protect patients from surprise balance billing.

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New Medicare Prescription Drug Policies Address Opioid Epidemic

April 02, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has introduced new safety policies for the use of opioid medications covered by the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit. The goal is to reduce opioid misuse while preserving medically necessary access to these medications. 

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April is National Donate Life Month; PA Hospitals Encourage Organ Donation Awareness and Designations

April 01, 2019

April has been designated as National Donate Life Month in an effort to encourage Americans to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.

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HAP Supports a State-based Health Insurance Exchange in Pennsylvania

March 29, 2019

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department is proposing to create a state-based health insurance exchange to better serve Pennsylvanians with a target implementation date of 2021. 

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Report Finds Hospital Admissions for Influenza Increased 62 Percent

March 28, 2019

According to a research brief released by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), the number of influenza (Flu) hospitalizations in Pennsylvania increased 62 percent (from 5,328 in FY 2017 to 8,647 in FY 2018). The most recent five-year trend (FY 2014–2018) shows substantial variation in the number of hospital admissions for Flu, a pattern that is similar to national trends.

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Senate Advances HAP-Supported Nurse Practitioner Bill

March 27, 2019

Today, the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee voted HAP-supported Senate Bill 25 out of committee with two negative votes. Sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), the bill allows certified nurse practitioners (CNP) to practice to the full scope of their license without the need for physician supervision after they have worked under such supervision for three years and 3,600 hours.

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Future of ACA in Focus as Administration Challenges Law and U.S. House Democrats Reaffirm Support

March 26, 2019

As the U.S. Department of Justice called for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a Texas District Court decision invalidating the Affordable Care Act (ACA), U.S. House Democrats are pursuing a legislative strategy to reinforce patient protections under the ACA and protect the ACA insurance markets from actions by the Trump Administration to undermine the law.

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PA House Continues Work on Workforce Development, Advancing Several Bills

March 26, 2019

As a part of the bipartisan state initiative to ensure the professional stability and economic success of every Pennsylvanian, House Republican leaders have recently passed several workforce development bills.

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HAP Statement: HAP Takes Action to Protect Patients’ Access to Care

March 25, 2019

On behalf of Pennsylvania patients and the hospitals they count on for care, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) today filed a motion in the Middle District Federal Court to intervene in a lawsuit resulting from the significant policy consequences of recent actions by the Pennsylvania Attorney General.

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PA Hospitals Outperformed National Rates on Lowering Health care-associated Infections

March 22, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a report showing that the U.S. has made significant reductions in several types of health care-associated infections and highlights areas where more improvements are needed.

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