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CEO of J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Talks to State Lawmakers about Important Health Care Priorities

April 18, 2018

“The role of safety net providers in meeting the health care needs of rural underserved populations” was the topic at the 2018 Rural Pennsylvania Legislative Briefing at the Capitol this morning. The bi-cameral, bi-partisan briefing was hosted by Senator Lisa Baker, Majority Chairperson of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee; Representative Kathy Rapp, Majority Chairperson of the Health Committee; and Lisa Davis, Director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health.

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HAP-Supported Bill to Curb Opioids, Reform Workers Comp Sent to Governor

April 17, 2018

Yesterday evening, the Pennsylvania House voted 101-92 to approve HAP-supported legislation to curb the use of opioids by injured workers and to better the commonwealth’s workers’ compensation system.

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Pennsylvania Hospital Emphasize Connection Between Food Insecurity and Health; Call for Support for Federal Nutrition Programs

April 17, 2018

In anticipation of the Farm Bill that was released this past week, HAP hosted an informational listening session in Washington D.C. for members of the Pennsylvania delegation and members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. Congressman G. T. Thompson (PA-05) and Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-02) were among the participants of a hospital and community stakeholder listening session focusing on how hospitals and health systems are working to address food insecurity.

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HAP Encourages Conversations about End-of-Life Care Today and Every Day

April 16, 2018

April 16–22 is a week devoted to discussing end-of-life care. During National Healthcare Decisions Day, HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals encourage individuals to use this day as an opportunity to discuss end-of-life care preferences.

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Court Rules against DHS in HealthChoices Bid Protests, HAP Assessing Next Steps

April 13, 2018

This week, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled against the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) in three separate appeals from bidders involved in the HealthChoices procurement process. HAP staff reviewed the court documents and have contacted DHS for its analysis of the future of the HealthChoices program.

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PA Hospitals Raise Awareness for Organ, Tissue Donation during Donate Life Blue and Green Day

April 13, 2018

Today, hospitals across the country are joining in the celebration of National Donate Life Blue and Green Day, in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of organ, eye, and tissue donations.

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Federal Policymakers Continue to Pursue Solutions to Opioid Epidemic

April 12, 2018

On the heels of investing nearly $4 billion in new resources to tackle the opioid epidemic in the recently enacted fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations act, Congressional committees are vetting new policy avenues to improve the response to the opioid crisis. 

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HAP Notes Important Role of Surgical Technologists, Raises Concerns about Certification Bill

April 11, 2018

Today, HAP participated in a public hearing about House Bill 1805 (Ward, R-Hollidaysburg), legislation that would require surgical technologists to be certified and undergo annual continuing education.

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Study Shows Value of Medicaid in Providing Access to Care and Preventive Services

April 11, 2018

A study conducted by the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) found that adults and children in a Medicaid health plan had significantly better access to care and preventive services than did people with no health coverage.

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PA House Approves Health Care Workforce Study

April 10, 2018

Today in Harrisburg, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling for a study of Pennsylvania’s long-term health care workforce needs. 

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CMS Finalizes Rules Governing Health Insurance Marketplaces

April 10, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday issued its final rule impacting insurance plans offered on the health insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act. 

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JAMA Article Outlines Pennsylvania’s Rural Global Budget Pilot

April 09, 2018

A recent Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) article, “A Path to Sustain Rural Hospitals,” provided an overview of the recent work in Pennsylvania to create a global budget pilot for rural hospitals in the state. During January 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania announced the launch of a new, voluntary program aimed at shifting reimbursement from a fee-for-service model based on volume to a multi-payor global budget methodology focused on population health.

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CDC, Infectious Disease Professionals Urge Action to Stop the Spread of Antibiotic-resistant Germs

April 06, 2018

In recent weeks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and several associations of health care professionals stressed the importance of efforts to combat the spread of unusual germs that are resistant to all or most antibiotics or can spread their resistance to other germs.

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New Tools Help Patients Be Stewards of Their Own Health Care Records

April 05, 2018

Both U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Apple Inc. have recently released tools designed to help patients more easily access and use their health records. The goal of this easier access is to support enhanced patient-provider engagement and, ultimately, better health.

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News Release: PA Hospitals Kick off National Donate Life Month with Hospital Challenge

April 05, 2018

News Release:  The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) is proud to again partner with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the state’s two organ procurement organizations—the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) and the Gift of Life Donor Program—to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation.

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