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News Release: PA Hospital Opioid Learning and Action Collaborative Kicks off in Harrisburg

August 20, 2019

Pennsylvania hospital leaders and substance use disorder recovery specialists today met in Harrisburg to formally kick off The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s Opioid Learning Action Network, a collaborative for and by Pennsylvania’s hospital community.

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Report on Medicare Public Option’s Impact on Rural Hospitals Reveals Increased Closure Risks

August 09, 2019

A newly released report analyzes the potential impact of a Medicare “public option” on U.S. rural hospitals and communities. The report sp...

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Report Looks at High Health Care Spenders; Provides Insight for Provider Initiatives

August 02, 2019

A Kaiser Family Foundation report recently looked at people with persistently high health care spending and determined that a small share of people account for a large share of expenditures during any year. 

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Extension of “Excellence in Mental Health” Demonstration Program is Good News for PA

July 31, 2019

Congress passed a short-term extension of a critical behavioral health demonstration program to expand access to mental health and addiction care in community-based settings. Eight pilot states, including Pennsylvania, are impacted.

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New Study Looks at National Progress on Expanding Telehealth Coverage and Reimbursement

July 29, 2019

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) recently issued a report stating that more states than ever are taking steps to expand telehealth coverage and reimbursement.

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Proposed Federal Rule Could Cut SNAP Benefits to Millions, Increase Food Insecurity

July 23, 2019

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced an upcoming a proposed rule that would limit its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), saving the department a reported $2.5 billion annually and cutting benefits to some three million people.

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PA Hospital Rural Residency Program Receives Federal Recognition, Grant Funding

July 18, 2019

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Lehigh Valley Health Network participated in an event that announced a grant to fund a new rural residency program in the commonwealth.

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The Economic Cost of Cancer

July 11, 2019

Cancer prevention, screening, and early treatment may yield a more profound impact on the economy than previously realized. A new study published in JAMA Oncology estimates that individuals between the ages of 16 and 84 who died of cancer in the United States during 2015 account for more than $94 billion in lost earnings.

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RWJF Report Supports Consensus of HAP Collaborative: Housing Is Key to Health

July 05, 2019

Safe, affordable housing should be a top health priority for communities across the U.S., according to the 2019 Annual Message from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The focus of RWJF’s report aligns with the consensus of Pennsylvania stakeholders, convened by HAP this spring, who are working to address housing challenges as important drivers of poor health in the commonwealth. 

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Tackling Food Insecurity Requires Commitment from Everyone

June 21, 2019

This week, several state leaders emphasized the importance of partnership efforts to address hunger insecurity. HAP's social determinants of health collaborative and COACH initiative are fully engaged.

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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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