Pa. legislation would protect patients from balance billing | Report: Frequent hospital users cost Pa. $1.25B in 2016 | Poor work environment, patient load tied to missed pediatric nursing care
June 22, 2017
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Pennsylvania Nursing & Health Care News
Pa. legislation would protect patients from balance billing
Bipartisan bills introduced in the Pennsylvania House and Senate would protect people from balance billing if they unknowingly receive emergency or nonemergency services from a health care provider outside their health insurance networks. Legislators cited a case in which a State College, Pa., patient got billed more than $2,000 for tests that were taken by an in-network provider and analyzed by an out-of-network laboratory.
The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.) (6/22) 
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Report: Frequent hospital users cost Pa. $1.25B in 2016
A report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council showed "superusers" accounted for just 3% of hospitalized patients statewide but rang up $1.25 billion in health care costs in 2016. Superusers were defined as those with five or more hospital admissions per year, and the top reasons for admission were sepsis, heart failure and mental health conditions.
FierceHealthcare (6/21) 
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Opportunities to support nurses at annual conference
Nurses are doing amazing things. And on Oct. 27, PSNA will recognize their hard work with the second annual "Community, Connections, and Contributions: Nurses Shaping the Future of Healthcare" at Camelback Resort in the Poconos. Attendees will find connections and camaraderie that will help them to reach their full potential. PSNA is inviting event sponsors, advertisers, and vendors to create a reinvigorating, informative and special escape for our attendees. We'd love to have you partner with us on this Poconos adventure. Reserve your spot today.
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Call for abstracts
PSNA will hold a "Community, Connections, and Contributions: Nurses Shaping the Future of Healthcare" conference at Camelback Resort, Poconos on Oct. 27. This collaborative event will be organized by PSNA and the PSNA Environmental Health Committee. We encourage poster and podium presentations focused on the environment and health care, as well as abstracts highlighting the important work of professional nurses in our communities, hospitals, schools, homes, etc. All nurses, regardless of experience or area of work, are invited to submit a poster or podium presentation abstract. Is this your first presentation? We're here to help! PSNA will arrange for mentor guidance and will walk you through the process. Find out more.
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