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Comprehensive PA Web Resource to Fight Overdose Epidemic Has New Features and Partners—including HAP and More than 30 Counties

June 06, 2017

University of Pittsburgh’s OverdoseFreePA.org is a one-stop-shop for information and resources to help counties and others reduce overdose deaths. The website has been relaunched with a new, more user-friendly design, new features, and new partnerships.

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Electronic Prescribing for Opioids Passes House Committee

June 06, 2017

As the Pennsylvania legislature looks to provide tools for communities and families to combat the opioid epidemic, the House Health Committee unanimously voted House Bill 353 out of committee.  Sponsored by Representative Tedd Nesbit (R-Mercer), this legislation requires the use of electronic prescribing for a Schedule II controlled substance.  

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HAP Welcomes Megan Champagne to Its Staff

June 05, 2017

News Release:  Effective May 31, Megan Champagne has been appointed as Senior Administrative Assistant for the executive office of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP).

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Battling Opioid Addiction across State Lines

June 05, 2017

Starting today, registered users of the Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PA PDMP) can search for information regarding opioid prescriptions filled by their patients in neighboring states. 

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Hospital OB/NICU Funding Crucial in Next Year’s State Budget

June 05, 2017

Proposals for the 2017–2018 state budget have mostly protected funding for hospital care. But some supplemental hospital payments are at risk for reduction, including crucial obstetrical (OB) and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) services.

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Pennsylvania Expects Only Single-Digit Increases for Health Insurance in 2018

June 02, 2017

Yesterday, Pennsylvania’s Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller announced that all five health insurance companies participating in Pennsylvania’s marketplace will continue to offer policies during 2018, and next year’s aggregate rate increases would average 8.8 percent for individual plans, and 6.6 for small group plans.

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New Data Predicts Skyrocketing Costs for Chronic Diseases in the U.S.

June 01, 2017

A new RAND Corporation analysis and related chart pack predicts that chronic disease in the U.S. will cost the nation as much as $42 trillion from 2016 and 2030. In Pennsylvania during the same period, the projected total cost of chronic disease is $1.7 trillion.

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Public Opinion Polling Shows Little Support for AHCA

May 31, 2017

The Kaiser Family Foundation’s most recent Health Tracking Poll shows that most of the public—55 percent—has an unfavorable view of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) which was recently passed by the House; less than a third (31 percent) of the respondents had a favorable view of the AHCA; and, the public has more favorable views of the Affordable Care Act at 49 percent, than unfavorable views at 42 percent.

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Social Security Numbers to be Removed from all Medicare Cards by April 2019

May 31, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards and is on schedule to begin mailing new Medicare beneficiary cards during April 2018.

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PA’s Senator Casey Calls for Strong Commitment to NIH Funding to Support Research That Saves and Improves Lives

May 30, 2017

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) are taking a lead role advocating for federal funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the 2018 federal budget.

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Pennsylvania Hospital Jobs Surpass 275,000

May 26, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry reports that Pennsylvania hospitals employed 275,200 workers in April 2017. This preliminary April jobs number represents a 700 job increase over the March 2017 hospital jobs and a three percent (3%) increase over the April 2016 hospital jobs (267,200).

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The REACH Act Introduced to Help Preserve Access to Care in Rural Communities

May 25, 2017

The Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital (REACH) Act (S. 1130) was introduced this week by Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA), Amy KJlobuchar (D-MN), and Cory Gardner (R-CO). The legislation would create a new Medicare payment designation for rural emergency care.

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American Health Care Act Meets Financial Target and Moves to Senate; HAP Hopeful Senate Rewrite Will Protect Coverage for Pennsylvanians

May 24, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis, released late today, estimates that enacting the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) would reduce the federal deficit by $119 billion over the coming decade and increase the number of people who are uninsured by 23 million in 2026 relative to current law.

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House Votes Unanimously to Advance Baker Credentialing Legislation

May 24, 2017

Earlier today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted 190-0 to advance House Health Committee Chairman Matt Baker’s (R-Tioga) landmark legislation to reform the physician credentialing process in the commonwealth.

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Trump Budget Proposal Slashes Medicaid, Threatens Access to Key Health Care Programs

May 23, 2017

Today, the Trump Administration’s Office of Management and Budget released its budget plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.

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