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Fear of Clinical Judgment Censors Patient Disclosure, Study Says

December 07, 2018

A new study published by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor revealed that between 60 and 80 percent of patients actively withhold relevant health information from their clinicians. This highlights dilemmas that providers face in caring for individuals whose care may be more likely to be compromised because of the complexity of their health habits or lack of candid disclosure. 

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Hospitals Seek to Overturn New Payment Policy Jeopardizing Community Care

December 06, 2018

In a lawsuit filed this week, hospitals and hospital advocates—including the American Hospital Association and Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)—argued that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is acting outside the law by imposing a harmful new payment policy that reduces reimbursement and jeopardizes the ability of hospitals to meet the needs of their patients in community-based settings.

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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: St. Luke’s University Health Network

December 05, 2018

This week, HAP is spotlighting St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Achievement Award-winning program to reduce the rates of pneumothoraces (collapsed lungs) in its high-risk infants.

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U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, Labor Release Health Care Competition Report

December 04, 2018

In fulfillment of an October, 2017, presidential Executive Order, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor today released a report intended to make recommendations that would facilitate a high-quality, affordable health care system by promoting choice and competition.

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Bloomberg Philanthropies Commits $10 Million to Fight Opioid Crisis in Pennsylvania

December 03, 2018

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a $50 million commitment to help combat the U.S. opioid epidemic. Pennsylvania is the first state slated to receive funding, in an amount of $10 million.

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The Number of Uninsured Children in the U.S. Increased for First Time in Almost a Decade

November 30, 2018

Following a historic low during 2016, the uninsured rate among children in the United States has increased. From 2016 to 2017, newly released data from the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families shows that an estimated 276,000 more children were uninsured. Nationwide, the percentage of children without health insurance increased from 4.7 percent during 2016, to 5 percent during 2017.

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Marketplace Open Enrollment in Pennsylvania: Signups Down from Last Year

November 29, 2018

Newly released Open Enrollment numbers from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for health insurance signups via HealthCare.gov show that enrollment for 2019 coverage is down compared to last year. Pennsylvania is among the states with the largest enrollment decrease; Pennsylvania hospitals are encouraged to continue their enrollment and outreach efforts.

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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: UPMC St. Margaret

November 28, 2018

Incredible work is being done across the state as Pennsylvania hospitals step up to improve health care. This week, we’re sharing an award-winning initiative from UPMC St. Margaret to improve the medication history discrepancy rates in patient medical records.

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Medicare Open Enrollment Ends December 7—Beneficiaries Should Review Options and Sign Up

November 27, 2018

Medicare Open Enrollment provides an opportunity for all Medicare beneficiaries to consider their health care coverage. The Medicare Open Enrollment period closes December 7, 2018. Eligible individuals are encouraged to review the available options and select the plan that best meets their needs prior to the deadline.

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Survey: Busy Caregivers Neglect their Own Health

November 26, 2018

Survey results released last month by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research show that caregivers all too frequently neglect their own health care-related appointments, putting the health care needs of a family member or other loved one ahead of their own.

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PHC4 Financial Analysis Shows Mixed Bag for Specialty, Non-General Acute Care Hospitals

November 21, 2018

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) this week released its fiscal year (FY) 2017 analysis for non-general acute care (GAC) hospitals in Pennsylvania

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GAO Releases Recommendations for CMS about Managed Care Encounter Data Reporting

November 20, 2018

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report recommending that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) give states more information to ensure regulatory compliance regarding encounter data reliability in managed care organizations (MCO). The GAO found that CMS has provided states with limited information on how to fulfill new regulatory requirements related to encounter data reliability.

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New HAPevolve Industry Partner Launches Partnership to Improve Health Care Financing for Consumers

November 19, 2018

MDsave, a digital health startup that provides a single online location for consumers to research, compare, and purchase medical services, has joined HAPevolve, a subsidiary of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), as an industry partner.

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PA’s Independent Fiscal Office Presents State Budget Outlook; Notes Imbalance

November 16, 2018

The state's Independent Fiscal Office state budget outlook shows an imbalance of $1.71 billion for the upcoming fiscal year.

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Under ACA, Employment Rates and Employer-sponsored Insurance Rose along with Coverage Expansion

November 16, 2018

New analysis indicates that health insurance coverage gains under the Affordable Care Act were well-targeted to workers and their dependents who most needed help.

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