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Congress Reviews Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request for Health & Human Services

February 15, 2018

In a series of budget hearings before U.S. House and U.S. Senate committees, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar defended the newly proposed fiscal year (FY) 2019 HHS budget request.

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Study Finds Missed Medical Appointments Not Affected by Free Ride Services

February 14, 2018

Patient ride-sharing services have become popular among hospitals and others as a way to help patients keep their medical appointments. Transportation to medical appointments often has been cited as a barrier to medical care. New study results indicate that such services may not be as effective as previously thought.

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Guidance Released to Help Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid Use Disorder and Their Children; New Report Says States Need More Support to Address the Issue

February 08, 2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released new guidance that provides critical information to help health care professionals treat opioid-dependent mothers and their children, and ensure that impacted mothers and infants safely receive treatment for opioid use disorder and neonatal abstinence syndrome.

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New Data Reveals More Rural Hospitals Losing Money

February 07, 2018

During the National Rural Health Association’s 2018 rural health policy institute, new data was presented that reveals that the number of rural hospitals losing money grew to 44 percent over the last year.

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News Release: PA Hospitals: Governor Wolf’s Budget Plan Promising

February 06, 2018

News Release:  Today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf delivered his annual budget address to a joint legislative session. Wolf’s proposal would sustain funding for key hospital lines and would allocate additional resources for opioid crisis response. Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement.

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American Hospital Association Refutes Recent 340B Study

February 05, 2018

An American Hospital Association blog responds to a recent study about the340B Drug Pricing Program, questioning its validity.  

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Consumers Urged to Get Flu Vaccine and Know the Symptoms of Sepsis

February 02, 2018

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that more people are currently hospitalized with the flu than at the peak of the 2014–2015 flu season. Leaders are urging people to get the flu vaccine.

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CMS Announces New Protections to Combat Opioid Crisis

February 02, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed changes for 2019, which are aimed at combatting the opioid crisis by strengthening patient-doctor-plan communication.

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Telemedicine Bill Gets Full Support in State Senate Committee

January 30, 2018

The Pennsylvania Senate Banking and Insurance Committee today unanimously approved legislation that would increase access to telemedicine services in the commonwealth.

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Wolf Administration Gives Update about Opioid Disaster Declaration

January 29, 2018

State officials today provided an update about the state’s response to Governor Wolf’s heroin and opioid disaster declaration.

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Wolf Administration Gives Update about Opioid Disaster Declaration

January 29, 2018

State officials today provided an update about the state’s response to Governor Wolf’s heroin and opioid disaster declaration.

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House Professional Licensure Committee Tackles Challenges of Nurse Collaborative Agreements

January 24, 2018

Today, the House Professional Licensure Committee held an informational meeting for legislators to learn more about the mechanics of collaborative agreements between certified nurse practitioners (CNP) and physicians. The meeting was prompted by legislative interest in HAP-supported Senate Bill 25 and House Bill 100 which would allow CNPs to care for patients without a collaborative agreement after 3,600 hours or three years working with a physician.

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HAP Achievement Award Winner Spotlight: Lankenau Medical Center

January 19, 2018

Pennsylvania is home to some of the most cutting-edge hospitals in the country. This week, we’re sharing the award-winning program developed by Lankenau Medical Center that improved access to food and nutrition services for members of its community.

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HAP Achievement Awards Winner Spotlight: Bradford Regional Medical Center

January 12, 2018

Incredible work is being done across the state as Pennsylvania hospitals step up to improve health care and implement programs to tackle societal challenges. This week we’re sharing the award-winning program developed by Bradford Regional Medical Center that addresses violence as a community health issue. 

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Nearly Half of Americans Would Like Health Care Addressed Nationally; Few are Confident of Progress

December 29, 2017

New poll results released by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reveal the top concerns among Americans. Issues topping the list include health care, education, the environment, and racism as the national priorities that Americans would like to see addressed during the coming year. But, most expressed little confidence that any significant progress would be made.

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