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Kaiser Poll Details Americans’ Campaign Interests; Reveals Very Few Understand Medicare for All

June 19, 2019

Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) just released the results of the most recent KFF Health Tracking Poll conducted May 30–June 4, 2019. The poll measured Americans’ expectations from the Democratic presidential campaign and also their perception of the proposed national health plan, also called Medicare for All.

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Study Finds Pennsylvania among States with Highest Rate of Drug Overdose Deaths

June 14, 2019

According to a recent Commonwealth Fund study, Pennsylvania has the third highest death rate from drug overdoses (behind Ohio and West Virginia) and mortality rates from drug overdoses were at least five times higher than rates for alcohol-related deaths and about three times higher than suicide rates.

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With National Eyes on Innovative Rural Health Model, Senate Takes Key Vote

June 12, 2019

Today, legislation aimed at improving the financial stability of rural hospitals gained unanimous support from the Pennsylvania Senate and was sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.​ Senate Bill 314, sponsored by Senator Lisa Baker (R–Luzerne), would establish the Pennsylvania Rural Health Redesign Center (RHRC), which would serve as the governing body of the new Rural Health Model, which began January 1, 2019, and was formally announced during March.

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Opinion: In PA, health won out over big tobacco, but it could lose in this year’s budget.

June 11, 2019

In this opinion column, HAP President and CEO Andy Carter addresses the importance of preserving Tobacco Settlement Fund resources for health care.

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New Screening Tool Helps Determine Nonmedical Barriers to Health

June 10, 2019

Addressing critical social determinants—conditions in which people are born, learn, live, work, and play—is one of the first steps to eliminating disparities, improving health outcomes, and reducing costs. The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently released Screening for Social Needs: Guiding Care Teams to Engage Patients, a tool to help hospitals and health systems facilitate sensitive conversations with patients about their nonmedical needs that may be a barrier to good health. 

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Latest PHC4 Report Suggests Stabilization of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Rates in PA

June 06, 2019

According to a new report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) could be plateauing in Pennsylvania, a sign that efforts to curb the opioid crisis may be helping.

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Legislation to Bolster Rural Hospitals Clears Key Committee Vote

June 04, 2019

Today, legislation aimed at improving the financial stability of rural hospitals gained unanimous support from the state Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

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Pennsylvania House Adopts Resolution Authorizing Study of State’s Behavioral Health Needs

June 04, 2019

This week, the state House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution to help lawmakers better understand the behavioral health needs of Pennsylvania’s patients, beginning with the impact of behavioral health holds in emergency departments. 

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PA Hospitals Have Much to Celebrate During Community Health Improvement Week June 2-8

May 31, 2019

HAP joins the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Association for Community Health Improvement in celebrating Community Health Improvement Week, June 2-8, 2019. This national event recognizes the important role hospitals, health systems, and communities have in advancing health and well-being.

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HAP Achievement Award Winners Honored during HAP Leadership Summit

May 24, 2019

The 2019 HAP Achievement Award winners were honored during HAP's Leadership Summit.  

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Hospitals, Health Systems are Key to Addressing Racial Inequality

May 23, 2019

According to Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, PhD, University of Virginia professor of law and public health sciences, Pennsylvania’s hospitals and health systems can be the key to solving the crisis of racial inequality by understanding its health and social impacts.

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Experts Share Insights, Best Practices in Addressing Social Determinants of Health

May 22, 2019

Addressing critical social determinants—conditions in which people are born, learn, live, work, and play—is one of the first steps to eliminating disparities, improving health outcomes, and reducing costs. HAP’s 2019 Leadership Summit kicked off today in Harrisburg with a special preconference focused on this important topic.

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Health Care Stakeholders and Payors Weigh in on Future of Value-based Payment

May 21, 2019

A recently released survey indicates nearly two-thirds of responding health care stakeholders and payors believe the transformation to value-based payment is likely another three to five years away.

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Study on Emergency Departments and Behavioral Health Clears First Hurdle; PA Hospital Community Encouraged to Show Support

May 17, 2019

This week, the House Health Committee considered HAP-supported House Resolution 268 to study the impact of the Commonwealth’s mental and behavioral health treatment capacity. Members of Pennsylvania’s hospital community are encouraged to sign a petition urging lawmakers to support the resolution.

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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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