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Physician General Shares Ways the State, Providers are Fighting the Opioid Crisis Together

September 07, 2016

Today, health care leaders and their teams from across the commonwealth attended the first day of HAP’s 2016 Patient Safety & Quality Symposium. Pennsylvania’s Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine spoke about ways that hospital and health system leaders are working with government partners and other stakeholders to help address the opioid crisis.

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Congressional Leaders Reiterate Need for Flexibility in Physician Payment Policy

September 07, 2016

Leaders of the key U.S. House Committees with jurisdiction over health policy reiterated Congressional intent underlying bi-partisan enactment of a new payment system for physicians—the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA)—and stressed the need for flexibility in the implementation of the law.

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New Report Shows Pennsylvania Adult Obesity Rate Remained Stable for Last Three Years

September 06, 2016

A new report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, shows annual adult obesity rates by state, from 1990 until 2015.

Pennsylvania has the 24th highest adult obesity rate in the nation at 30 percent. While this is 20.3 percent higher than during 2000, the rate has remained stable from 2013 to 2015.

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HAP Announces 2016 Achievement Award Winners

August 18, 2016

News Release:  Pennsylvania hospitals continuously work to adopt and implement forward-thinking initiatives in order to provide high-quality, more affordable health care to patients. HAP recognizes these innovative efforts through its respected Achievement Awards program, which began in 1978. Twelve winning submissions were selected this year.

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Insurance Department Holds Public Hearing on Proposed Rate Hikes for ACA Health Plans

July 28, 2016

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department held a public hearing yesterday regarding the 2017 rate requests from health plans offering individual coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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Hospital Star Ratings Miss the Mark in Helping Patients Make Informed Decisions

July 27, 2016

After a three-month delay, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today posted overall hospital ratings of one to five stars on its Hospital Compare website.

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PA Health Care Providers Participate in New Initiative Targeting Heart Attacks and Strokes

July 25, 2016

Twenty-three Pennsylvania health care practitioners, including several hospitals and health systems across the state, will be participating in a new Million Hearts® initiative aimed at identifying and implementing individualized approaches for Medicare beneficiaries to reduce their risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

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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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PHC4 Releases New Report on Spinal Fusions in Pennsylvania

June 22, 2016

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) today released a new report about spinal fusion surgeries in Pennsylvania hospitals.

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Hospital Association Launches Digital Community for Health In Pennsylvania: Healthy Me PA

May 26, 2016

News Release: HAP introduces Healthy Me PA, a dynamic, interactive digital community with a focus on health care topics and issues important to individuals across the commonwealth. Join today!

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PA Hospitals’ Economic Contributions Grow to $115B, Up $4B from 2014

May 17, 2016

News Release: With a healthy economy high on the public’s list of priorities during this presidential election year, HAP releases its 2015 economic impact analysis showing that Pennsylvania hospitals continue to be a major contributor to the state and local economies.

All hospitals—not-for-profit and investor-owned combined—contributed nearly $115 billion to local and state economies during 2015, an increase of $4 billion from 2014.

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CMS Emphasizes Flexibility, Simplification in Physician Payment Reform

May 12, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator, Andy Slavitt, recently testified before the U.S. House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee during a hearing reviewing the implementation of the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

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2016 PA Donate Life Hospital Challenge Kicked off in Harrisburg

March 16, 2016

Joint News Release:  A collaborative organ donation awareness effort of HAP, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), the Gift of Life Donor Program, and hospitals and health systems across the state, was kicked off and celebrated on March 14 in Harrisburg.

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Behavioral Health Priorities Advance Thanks to U.S. Senators’ Leadership

November 18, 2015

Two bills addressing behavioral health priorities—prenatal opioid abuse and infant opioid dependency, and access to emergency psychiatric care—have cleared the U.S. House and await signature into law.

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