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NAM Report: Policy Priorities for Better Health with Lower Per-Capita Spending

March 27, 2017

The National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) Vital Directions for Health and Health Care Initiative  released its final report outlining top policy priorities for improving Americans’ health while reducing what we spend per-capita on health care. The report summarizes 19 papers and a national symposium that examined the issue over the past 18 months.

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HAP SAYS DELAYED VOTE ON AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT SIGNALS IMPORTANCE OF PROCEEDING WITH CAUTION

March 24, 2017

News Release:  A statement issued today by Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, about the U.S. House's action surrounding the American Health Care Act gives hope that lawmakers will step back and take a more thoughtful and balanced look at modifications to the Affordable Care Act.

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Infant Mortality Rates Declining Nationally and in Pennsylvania

March 23, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released data about infant mortality for the United States during 2005–2014. For 2014, the infant mortality rate for the United States hit new lows for Hispanic, Caucasian, African-American, and Asian or Pacific Islander populations. In addition, Pennsylvania’s infant mortality rate declined, dropping from 7.49 during 2005–2007, to 6.53 during 2012–2014.

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PA Senate and House Introduce Bills to Allow CNPs Full Practice Authority

March 22, 2017

Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) and Representative Jesse Topper (R-Bedford) have picked up the effort to allow certified nurse practitioners (CNP) to practice to their level of education and training.

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AAMC Annual Report: Projected Shortfall of Physicians Continues to Grow

March 20, 2017

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently released an updated report that projects that, for the third consecutive year, physician demand will continue to grow faster than the U.S. supply of physicians.

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Pennsylvania Saw More Than 425,000 Marketplace Selections in 2017 Open Enrollment; More Than 116,000 Were New Consumers

March 17, 2017

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its full report for the 2017 open enrollment period in addition to public use files. Of the more than 425,000 Pennsylvania Marketplace selections, twenty-seven percent, more than 116,000 Pennsylvanians, were new consumers.

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Legislation to Partially Repeal and Replace the ACA Clears Final U.S. House Committee; Floor Vote Possible Next Week

March 16, 2017

The American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), cleared the U.S. House Budget Committee by a narrow vote of 19 to 17. The legislation could be considered on the U.S. House Floor as early as next week.

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Estimates on AHCA Impact Issued as Hospital Community Awaits CBO Scoring

March 10, 2017

As legislators, policymakers, and the hospital community await the scoring on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)—likely to be issued next week—a number of national policy organizations have issued estimates regarding the impact of the proposal, which would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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Number of Cases Decline, but Flu Remains Widespread in Pennsylvania

March 09, 2017

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s weekly influenza report, the number of flu cases in the state have declined for the third straight week. Despite the downward trend, flu activity remains widespread and is circulating in at least half the state.

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HAP Says New ACA Replacement Plan Will Not Provide Comparable Health Care

March 07, 2017

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) President and CEO Andy Carter issued a statement about the House Republicans’ American Health Care Act expressing concern about coverage for the most vulnerable.

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Pennsylvania Tightens Medication Rules to Help Combat Opioid Crisis

March 07, 2017

Yesterday, Governor Wolf announced increased regulatory oversight by Department of Human Services (DHS) to ensure appropriate utilization of medically assisted treatment (MAT) by Medicaid providers. 

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HAP Presents to House Health Committee About Hospital Quality and Population Health Initiatives

March 06, 2017

HAP quality and population health leaders spoke to the Pennsylvania House Health Committee about population health, health care quality, and patient safety initiatives. They highlighted HAP-specific work, which has received national attention.

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HAP Celebrates Significant Growth in Participation for its Donate Life Hospital Challenge

March 06, 2017

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) is again supporting the 2017 Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge. To date, 106 hospitals have registered to participate.

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Bid Protests Cause DHS to Delay HealthChoices Implementation

March 03, 2017

Today, the Department of Human Services announced a delay in the effective dates of the new managed care organization agreements for HealthChoices, Pennsylvania’s mandatory Medicaid managed care program.

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PA Departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs Outline 2017–2018 Budget Needs; Make Case for Consolidation

March 01, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Physician General, Dr. Rachel Levine, and the Acting Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), Jennifer Smith, joined Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Karen Murphy in providing testimony to the PA House Appropriations Committee yesterday afternoon. During the hearing, all three faced questions from members of the committee concerning the budget and other initiatives within the two departments.

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