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Federal Officials Press FDA to Address Drug Shortages

June 22, 2018

Members in both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to exercise its authority to the fullest extent possible to address drug shortages.

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DEP Delivers Final Rule to IRRC—Addresses Supplemental Disinfection to Health Care Facilities’ Water Supplies

June 22, 2018

The Independent Regulatory Review Commission is scheduled to consider a rule addressing supplemental disinfection to health care facilities’ water supplies.

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Pressure Injury Authority Online Survey Focuses on “Voice of the Patient”

June 22, 2018

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel  has announced a new online consumer survey designed to solicit the “voice of the patient.”

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News Release: HAPevolve Hires President and Client Services Manager

June 21, 2018

News Release:  Joe Tibbs has been hired as the president of HAPevolve, a for-profit subsidiary company of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP). HAP also hired Mary Akyol as HAPevolve’s manager, client services.

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U.S. House Builds Consensus to Advance Policy Addressing Opioid Epidemic

June 21, 2018

For a second straight week, legislative activity on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives centered on advancing policy to tackle the opioid crisis that is gripping communities across the nation, particularly in Pennsylvania.

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Fast Tracked Spending Plan Includes Increase for Critical Access Hospitals, Work on Assessment and State Contribution from QCA Continues

June 20, 2018

The state House of Representatives voted 188 to 10 to send House Bill 2121 (the 2018­­–2019 General Appropriations bill) to the Senate for approval. Included in the measure is an additional $3.4 million to cover increased Medicaid losses suffered by Pennsylvania’s critical access hospitals. Work continues on the Quality Care Assessment.

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Trump Administration Finalizes Policy to Expand Use of Association Health Plans; Concerns Raised About the Effect on the ACA Insurance Marketplaces

June 20, 2018

A newly finalized policy will expand the ability for employers to join together in an employer group or association to offer employer-sponsored health care coverage through “association health plans".

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State Senate Approves Health Emergency Legislation

June 20, 2018

The state Senate unanimously approved Senator Jay Costa's (D-Allegheny) legislation to formally allow the Pennsylvania Department of Health to declare a public health emergency.

 

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IFO Releases State Economic Picture; Hospital QCA Assessment Increase Too High

June 19, 2018

The Pennsylvania Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) released its June 2018 revenue forecast, which points to a more stable state economic picture.

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U.S. Senate Committee Discusses Oversight of 340B Drug Discount Program

June 19, 2018

During a hearing before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, the federal agency in charge of the 340B Drug Discount Program outlined how the program works and provided an overview of steps that have been taken to strengthen oversight.

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Governor Proposes Raid on PA Hospital Funds as New Report Says Federal Hospitals Cuts will Total $218.2 Billion by 2028

June 18, 2018

A new report says hospitals across the country will be hit with ongoing federal payment cuts that will total $218.2 billion by 2028. 

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National Health Care Groups Act to Support Health Care Coverage for People with Pre-existing Conditions

June 15, 2018

A group of national hospital, physician, and insurance advocacy groups are taking legal action to protect health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

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CMS Delays Updates to its Hospital Quality Star Ratings

June 14, 2018

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the postponement of the planned release of its updated overall hospital quality star ratings on Hospital Compare slated for July. The delay, said to be due to concerns from stakeholders, will allow CMS to perform analyses on proposed changes to methodology posted during May.

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Opioid Legislation Remains Top Focus in Washington; Legislation Advancing

June 14, 2018

Action this week in both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate moves the legislative process forward in advancing a package of opioid policies that seek to address multi-faceted elements of the opioid crisis by expanding access to treatment and recovery, promoting prevention strategies, and enhancing law enforcement responses.

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Consumers and Hospitals Help Get Votes to Pass Critical Telemedicine Bill

June 13, 2018

Hospitals and consumers played a key role in getting a telemedicine bill approved that will expand access to health care. Today, the Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 780, sponsored by Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver).

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