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State Budget Demonstrates Continued Commitment to Pennsylvania Health Care

July 14, 2016

Pennsylvania’s $31.63 billion 2016–2017 state budget was completed yesterday when Governor Wolf signed the revenue package that supports the plan. HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals are pleased with the final spending plan, which continues funding to support the work of health care providers in the commonwealth.

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Federal Opioid Legislation Clears Congress

July 14, 2016

After months of legislative effort, both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate have passed a comprehensive package of policies to address the growing opioid epidemic. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) authorizes a wide array of grants to carry out a comprehensive opioid abuse response through education, treatment, and recovery efforts. 

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State Budget Shows Commitment to Pennsylvania Health Care

July 14, 2016

News Release: HAP today issued a statement from President and CEO Andy Carter in response to the work completed on the 2016–2017 state budget, which continues funding to support the work of health care providers in the commonwealth.

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HAP-Supported Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice Bill Passes Senate

July 13, 2016

Senate Bill 717, sponsored by Sen. Pat Vance (R-Cumberland) and supported by HAP, cleared the PA Senate last night with a vote of 41-9. SB 717 allows certified nurse practitioners (CNP) to practice to the full scope of their license without requiring supervision by a physician after they have worked under such supervision for three years and 3,600 hours.

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U.S. Senate Committee Reviews Health Care Fraud Laws; Complex and Impeding Care Integration

July 12, 2016

As federal policymakers continue to press for transformational change in our health care system toward value-based payment, a U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing—Examining the Stark Law: Current Issues and Opportunities—highlighted how existing health care fraud laws are inhibiting clinical integration, stifling innovation, and impeding the ultimate goal of high quality, cost-effective health care.

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U.S. Overwhelmingly Passes Mental Health Legislation

July 06, 2016

The U.S. House of Representatives passed, by a vote of 422-2, bipartisan legislation—H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2016—to reform our nation’s mental health programs. The legislation was spearheaded by Congressman Tim Murphy (R, PA-18) in a multi-year effort.

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Health IT Use is Strong in Pennsylvania Hospitals

July 01, 2016

HAP released detailed statewide and southeastern Pennsylvania findings from the 2015 American Hospital Association Health Information Technology Survey.The Pennsylvania-specific findings show that Pennsylvania hospitals are continuing to move health care forward through the effective use of health information technology.

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CNPs’ Full Practice Authority Legislation One Step Closer to Becoming Law

June 28, 2016

Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted Senate Bill 717 (Vance, R-Mechanicsburg) out of committee with only two negative votes. The legislation, which will improve access to health care, now is primed for a vote of the full Senate chamber.

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Mental Health Parity a Priority for State Insurance Department

June 28, 2016

Late last week, Pennsylvania’s Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller stressed her department’s commitment to ensuring the enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equality Act. All Pennsylvanians are encouraged to familiarize themselves with their legal benefits and rights under the law, and to report to state officials any complaints or concerns.

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Pennsylvania Rural Health Transformation Pilot: Interested Hospitals Must Express Interest by the End of June

June 27, 2016

Under the leadership of Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy, the commonwealth is proposing to develop and implement a multi-payer global budget initiative in rural Pennsylvania. Hospitals interested in participating in Pennsylvania’s global budget initiative pilot must communicate their interest to Secretary Murphy by the end of June.

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U.S. House GOP Releases Policy Paper on Alternative to Affordable Care Act

June 22, 2016

U.S. House Republican leadership released a white paper that outlines recommendations for policies to serve as an alternative to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

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Federal Officials Launch Effort to Enroll More Young Adults in Federal Insurance Marketplace

June 21, 2016

Young adults make up a small part of the total number of people enrolled in the federal insurance marketplace. CMS and the IRS will be working to change that in 2017.

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DHS Announces Postponement of Community HealthChoices Program

June 09, 2016

Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) announced its intention to delay the Community HealthChoices (CHC) program implementation originally slated to begin January 1, 2017.

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U.S. House Ways & Means Committee Highlights Health Care Workforce Challenges

June 09, 2016

The adequacy of the current health care workforce to meet growing demand for care was a consistent concern raised during a June 8 U.S. House Ways & Means Committee hearing to help identify priorities to improve and sustain the Medicare program.

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Congress Weighs in on Home Health Prior Authorization Proposal, Impact on Patients

June 01, 2016

A proposed demonstration that would require prior authorization for all home health services could put the oldest and frailest Medicare beneficiaries at risk. Ten members of the Pennsylvania delegation joined many of their colleagues in urging CMS to withdraw the proposed demonstration.

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