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Pennsylvania Hospital Emphasize Connection Between Food Insecurity and Health; Call for Support for Federal Nutrition Programs

April 17, 2018

In anticipation of the Farm Bill that was released this past week, HAP hosted an informational listening session in Washington D.C. for members of the Pennsylvania delegation and members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. Congressman G. T. Thompson (PA-05) and Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-02) were among the participants of a hospital and community stakeholder listening session focusing on how hospitals and health systems are working to address food insecurity.

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National Doctors Day is a Day to Thank Pennsylvania Physicians

March 30, 2018

Thank you to Pennsylvania’s nearly 48,000 physicians, many who are working to improve the health of patients and communities in hospitals and health systems across the state.

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HRSA Report on Health Equity Calls for Strong Partnerships and a Focus on Social Determinants of Health

March 29, 2018

 A report issued by the Health Resources and Services Administration presents a current picture of and progress made to address health equity issues affecting the country’s diverse, vulnerable, and socially disadvantaged populations.

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Wolf Administration Holds First Warm Hand-off Regional Summit

March 23, 2018

Yesterday, the Wolf Administration held the first of six Warm Hand-off Regional Summits in Harrisburg. With Pennsylvania facing the fourth-highest opioid death rate in the country, these summits are intended to promote collaboration among state government, county governments, county and regional services, private insurers, HAP, behavioral health facilities, and the hospital and provider communities.

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Organ Donation Legislation Considered in House Committee

March 13, 2018

Today, the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee passed legislation regarding organ donation laws. Senate Bill 108, sponsored by Senator John Sabatina (D-Philadelphia) and Senate Bill 180, sponsored by Senator Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery), were both voted out of the committee as amended.

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House Committee Hears from Top Health and Human Services Officials about State Budget

March 06, 2018

Pennsylvania’s leaders for the state Department of Human Services and the Department of Health faced the House Appropriations Committee during an all-day budget hearing about Governor Wolf’s proposed 2018–2019 state budget. They addressed several issues of interest to the hospital and health system community.

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Health Care Spending Associated with Obesity Grows 29% from 2001 to 2015

February 21, 2018

Research published earlier this year shows that a substantial and rising percentage of health care spending is associated with obesity. 

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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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