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Cost Remains a Barrier to Health Care for Many Americans

August 13, 2018

The high cost of health care, even for people with health insurance, remains a primary concern for many Americans. From the instability of the ever-changing federal health care law, to increasing premiums and co-pays, to uncertainty about medical bills, Americans are worried about their ability to afford health care.

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National Immunization Awareness Month; Know the Facts

August 10, 2018

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), an annual observance established to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. NIAM is sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition, in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

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First Multistate Analysis of Opioid Use Disorder among Women Delivering Babies is Sobering

August 09, 2018

Nationwide, the rate of opioid use disorder among women delivering babies more than quadrupled during a 15-year period ending during 2014.

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New Research Identifies Why Patients and Families are Uncomfortable Sharing Concerns and Asking Questions

August 08, 2018

A BMJ Quality & Safety survey reveals why some patients and family members do not speak up to their physicians and other members of their medical team when they have concerns or questions.

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Employers are Adopting Value Innovations to Manage Health Care Costs and Improve Health

August 07, 2018

The Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy recently released a brief which highlights new initiatives that employers are adopting to manage rising health care costs and improve employee health.

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AHA Calls for Changes to Stark Law to Ensure Greater Patient Care Coordination and Improved Outcomes

August 06, 2018

The American Hospital Association recently sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services calling for exceptions to the Stark Law to enable hospitals and physicians to coordinate care and improve patient outcomes.

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CDC Launches Online Vision and Eye Health Surveillance System

August 03, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the launch of a Vision and Eye Health Surveillance System website to help health care professionals, researchers, policymakers, and state health departments better understand the scope of vision loss, eye disorders, and eye care services in the United States.

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PA Hospital Perspective, Economic Impact Shared During Federal Opioid Policy Roundtable

August 03, 2018

Federal and state policymakers received input from business leaders, local officials and hospital and health care providers during a roundtable policy discussion this week in Somerset exploring the impact of the opioid crisis on economic development in Appalachia counties.

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PA Insurance Commissioner Issues Letter to HHS on State’s Plan to Implement Association Health Plans Rule

August 02, 2018

Today, Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman sent a letter to the U.S. departments of Labor and Health and Human Services outlining the state Insurance Department’s position on the implementation of a federal rule aiming to expand association health plans (AHP).

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Trump Administration Continues to Promote Less-Costly, Less-Generous Coverage

August 01, 2018

A newly finalized federal policy significantly extends the amount of time individuals may remain enrolled in short-term health insurance plans from three months to up to three years. The stated intent of the policy is to expand access to less expensive alternative insurance options; however, these plans are not subject to the full patient protections and benefits assured under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Federal Blue Ribbon Panel on Biodefense Features Hospital Preparedness, Highlights PA’s Coordinated Preparedness

July 31, 2018

In testimony before today’s meeting of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D, PA) spoke about his efforts to reauthorize the hospital preparedness program and pointed to Pennsylvania as a leader in adopting a coordinated regional approach to preparedness.

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Surgeon General Announces Partnership with Hospitals to Combat Opioid Abuse

July 30, 2018

The U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, M.D., announced that this fall his office will partner with the American Hospital Association to further combat the opioid epidemic.

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Voters across Parties Value Protections for Pre-existing Conditions

July 27, 2018

The latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll looks at how important a candidate’s positions on seven health care issues are to voters. Continued protections for people with pre-existing conditions tops the list, with 63 percent of registered voters ranking these protections as the single most important factor, or a very important factor, in their 2018 vote.

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Providers Weigh In on MACRA during U.S. House E&C Hearing

July 26, 2018

Today, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Health Subcommittee held the fourth hearing on progress in the implementation of Medicare payment reforms under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015.

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PA Hospitals Recognized by HRSA for Organ Donation Efforts

July 26, 2018

The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Organ Donation Campaign recognized more than 1,200 hospitals and transplant centers across the nation for their efforts to promote organ donation awareness and registration between October 2017 and April 2018.

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