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National Hospital Week Celebrates Pennsylvania Hospitals

May 08, 2019

Lawmakers in Harrisburg have unanimously adopted companion resolutions recognizing National Hospital Week, which will take place May 12–18, 2019.

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Court Again Rejects 340B Payment Cuts; Calls for Quick Resolution on Remedy

May 07, 2019

Consistent with a ruling during late December, a Federal District Court judge ruled yesterday that the Administration’s nearly 30 percent cut to Medicare payments to hospitals participating in the 340B Drug Pricing Program was unlawful and ordered the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to resolve the harm caused by the cuts “promptly.”

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Annual Graduate Medical Education Day Brings Residency Shortages to the Forefront

May 06, 2019

Today in Washington, D.C., hospital advocates participated in the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) Graduate Medical Education (GME) Day of Action to reinforce the importance of Congressional support for residency programs, workforce initiatives, and learning opportunities across the United States, in an effort to meet society’s ever-evolving health care needs.

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AHRQ: Telehealth Consultations Can Improve Access, Outcomes, and Patient Satisfaction While Reducing Utilization

May 03, 2019

Is there evidence that telehealth consultations help providers improve acute and chronic care? An extensive review and synthesis of 233 articles—culled from more than 9,000 abstracts and a review of more than 1,000 full-text research studies examining the clinical and cost effectiveness of telehealth—indicate that they do.

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U.S. House Hearing, New CBO Report Identify Complicated Considerations for Single-payor, Medicare for All

May 02, 2019

As policy conversation in Washington, D.C., continues to explore avenues to advance health care reform and Democrat presidential hopefuls are challenged to define their perspectives regarding a single-payor health care system, a Congressional hearing in the U.S. House Rules Committee this week and a new report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) highlight the complicated considerations surrounding such a significant health care overhaul.

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Barriers in Delivering Health Care, Expanding Telemedicine Highlighted at Annual Rural Pennsylvania Legislative Briefing

May 02, 2019

At an event yesterday hosted by Pennsylvania state Representative Kathy Rapp (R-65), state Senator Michele Brooks (R-50), and Lisa Davis, director, Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, Dr. Frederick Bloom, president, Guthrie Medical Group, presented testimony before a number of legislators and staff. Dr. Bloom highlighted the significant barriers to access to care brought about by the lack of connectivity to broadband Internet.

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PA Patients and Providers Rally Together for Prior Authorization Reforms

May 01, 2019

Yesterday in Harrisburg, HAP joined patients and other providers to introduce legislation reforming the insurance practice of requiring prior authorization for medical care. Unfortunately, current prior authorization processes can delay the timely delivery of appropriate, medically necessary care.

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News Release: HAP Announces 2019 Achievement Award Winners

April 24, 2019

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) announces its 2019 Achievement Award recipients.

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Medicare Advantage Enrollees May Have More Access to Telehealth Services

April 17, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a final rule updating the Medicare Advantage program to allow for innovative plan design and more choices for patients. The popularity of Medicare Advantage plans has been on the rise and new flexibilities, including additional telehealth and nontraditional benefits will likely continue this trend. 

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Warm Hand-off Study Resolution Clears First Hurdle

April 16, 2019

Today, the House Human Services Committee considered House Resolution 216. Sponsored by freshman lawmaker Todd Polinchock (R-Bucks), the resolution establishes a task force within the House of Representatives on “overdose recovery” and directs the Joint State Government Committee to establish an advisory committee aimed at studying the warm hand-off treatment for individuals with substance abuse disorder.

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New Report Outlines Potential Pitfalls of Site-neutral Payment Policies

April 11, 2019

A recent American Hospital Association (AHA) report provides new insight into site-neutral payments, which may impact the reimbursement rate for the care that hospitals provide to patients in outpatient settings.

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Pennsylvania Highlighted for Rural Health Care Innovation

April 10, 2019

The transformative changes hospitals and health systems face are front and center at this year’s American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Meeting. During an executive session centered on rural issues, Pennsylvania’s hospitals were highlighted for their innovative work through the Rural Health Model.

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Nurse Leaders, Lawmakers Rally in Support of Full Practice Authority for Certified Nurse Practitioners

April 09, 2019

Nurse practitioners and health care champions met in Harrisburg today to rally in support of legislative proposals to help advanced practices professionals obtain full practice authority in Pennsylvania.

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HAP Supports a State-based Health Insurance Exchange in Pennsylvania

March 29, 2019

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department is proposing to create a state-based health insurance exchange to better serve Pennsylvanians with a target implementation date of 2021. 

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Senate Advances HAP-Supported Nurse Practitioner Bill

March 27, 2019

Today, the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee voted HAP-supported Senate Bill 25 out of committee with two negative votes. Sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), the bill allows certified nurse practitioners (CNP) to practice to the full scope of their license without the need for physician supervision after they have worked under such supervision for three years and 3,600 hours.

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