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Pennsylvania Rural Health Model Announced

January 12, 2017

Today, Governor Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Karen Murphy, and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation’s Dr. Steve Cha, announced federal approval to launch a new, voluntary payment pilot for rural hospitals in the state of Pennsylvania.

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Work Under Way in Legislature on Key Hospital Issues: Telemedicine and Protecting Health Care Practitioners

January 12, 2017

Pennsylvania’s legislators are kicking off the new legislative session by jumping straight into policy issues important to the hospital community: telemedicine and protecting health care workers.

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HealthCare.gov Enrollments Continue to Outpace Last Year’s Sign-ups

January 12, 2017

New information released this week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services indicates that health insurance enrollments via HealthCare.gov continue, as more than 11.5 million Americans have signed up for coverage as of December 24.

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Physician Burnout Trends Continue to Increase Across the U.S.

January 11, 2017

The newly released “Medscape Lifestyle Report 2017: Race and Ethnicity, Bias and Burnout,” indicates that physician burnout rates continue to trend upward. Since 2013, the rate has increased from 40 percent to 51 percent, which represents a more than 25 percent increase in four years.

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HAP Launches Effort to Reduce Health Care-Associated Infections

January 10, 2017

Through its Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), and in partnership with Quality Insights, HAP today launched a new collaborative to improve patient safety and reduce harm. The Health Care-Associated Infections (HAI) initiative focuses on the prevention of infections that can occur in hospitalized patients.

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New Poll Results: Few Americans Want the ACA Repealed Without Replacement Details in Place

January 09, 2017

With the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in question, recent poll results from the Kaiser Family Foundation indicate that, while health care is among the top issues that Americans want action taken on by the new Administration, the public is divided about repealing the law.

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DHHS Releases Report Showing Positive Impact of Health Coverage under ACA for Individuals with Pre-existing Conditions

January 06, 2017

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently released a report, “Health Insurance Coverage for Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions: The Impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)” that found:

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Study Finds Medicare Bundled Payment Programs Are Successful—Do Not Negatively Impact Patient Care

January 05, 2017

The Journal of the American Medical Association recently released a study by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, finding that new Medicare bundled payment programs such as the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) program implemented in April 2016, have been successful in saving money without negatively impacting patient care.

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Congressman Costello Named to U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee

January 05, 2017

Congressman Ryan Costello (R, PA-06) was selected to serve on the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee which is vested with broad legislative jurisdiction including health, commerce, energy, environmental, and telecommunications policy. The Committee will play a pivotal role, particularly with respect to reforms to the Medicaid program, as Congress contemplates repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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115th Congress Convenes; Begins Process of Repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

January 04, 2017

The 115th Congress convened on January 3 in Washington, D.C. and the Republican majority acted swiftly to lay the procedural foundation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Federal lawmakers hope to have legislation to the new President’s desk by February 17.

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Survey Shows Increased Usage in Telemedicine

January 03, 2017

A recent report released by Rock Health, a California-based digital venture fund, depicts the growth in consumer adoption and use of digital health tools. The report surveyed over 4,000 consumers and illustrated a growing adoption of tools including wearable technology, electronic health records, and telemedicine.

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HAP Shares a Look Back at 2016 in its ‘Year in Review’

December 30, 2016

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) would like to thank our members, partners, stakeholders, and others who have helped us achieve a successful year during 2016 toward achieving a healthier Pennsylvania.

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New Report to Congress Focuses on Increase in Prescription Drug Spending

December 29, 2016

A report issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that growth in prescription drug spending has accelerated significantly in recent years. HHS, which submitted the report to Congress, projects that the growth in spending will continue rise during the next decade.

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2017 Rings in New Legislative Session and Legislators Early On

December 28, 2016

Per the Pennsylvania Constitution, members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly will be sworn into office the first Tuesday of the new year to mark the beginning of the 2017-2018 legislative session. On January 3, 2017, in addition to returning members, the Senate will welcome six new members to the chamber, while the House of Representatives welcomes 22.

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Pennsylvania Hospital Employment Up by 200 Jobs in November 2016

December 27, 2016

Pennsylvania hospital employment increased by 200 jobs from October 2016 to November 2016, for total direct employment of 274,000. This is 2,200 more hospital jobs than one year ago, November 2015, when the total number was 271,800.

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