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Congressman Costello Named to U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee

January 05, 2017

Congressman Ryan Costello (R, PA-06) was selected to serve on the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee which is vested with broad legislative jurisdiction including health, commerce, energy, environmental, and telecommunications policy. The Committee will play a pivotal role, particularly with respect to reforms to the Medicaid program, as Congress contemplates repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Pennsylvanians Encouraged to Continue Enrolling in Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Plans

November 29, 2016

Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner reminds residents that Open Enrollment for 2017 health insurance coverage available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is underway and encouraged Pennsylvanians to explore options for health insurance coverage through the online federal marketplace.

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HAP Leader Helps Create Hospital Guide to Ensure Health Care Services in Vulnerable Rural, Urban Communities

November 29, 2016

News Release:  A new report issued by the American Hospital Association (AHA) addresses ways in which hospitals can help ensure access to essential health care services in vulnerable rural and urban communities. 

Andy Carter, president and chief executive officer of HAP, serves on the 29-person health care leader task force that developed the report.The task force met with policymakers and hospital and community leaders during a 15-month period to identify essential health services, strategies to meet community needs, and barriers to those strategies.

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Heightened Congressional Oversight in Administration Transition

November 21, 2016

With a new administration set to take office in January and Republican control of both chambers of Congress and the White House, Congressional Republicans and the Trump Administration are in the process of developing their procedural and policy strategy with respect to health care policy for early next year.

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Philly Area’s Top Patient Safety Initiatives for 2016

November 15, 2016

News Release:  Innovative patient safety efforts from Penn Medicine, Jefferson Health, and Main Line Health were honored at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council (DVHC) of HAP held in November in King of Prussia, PA.

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Research Confirms That Consumers Are Playing a Strong Role in Health Care’s Future

November 07, 2016

The consumer’s role in health care decision-making has changed dramatically during the past several years. The growth in high-deductible health insurance plans that affect out-of-pocket costs is a key driver.

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Congressman Pat Meehan Earns Health Care Leadership Award

November 07, 2016

News Release: The Delaware Valley Healthcare Council (DVHC) of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) announced the recipient of its 2016 Distinguished Leadership Award, U.S. Congressman Pat Meehan (R-PA 7), in honor of his leadership in Washington, DC, to support and improve health care in Pennsylvania. 

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Final OPPS Rule Addresses EHR Adoption, Behavioral Health, and Pain Management

November 03, 2016

In addition to implementing the new "site-neutral" payment policy, the calendar year 2017 Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system final rule provides additional flexibility in the adoption of electronic health record (EHR) technology, expands the availability of behavioral health services, and addresses potential unintended consequences of pain management efforts.

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HAP Convenes Cybersecurity Forum Highlighting Federal Partnerships in Prevention, Response to Cyber Threats

October 20, 2016

News Release: HAP hosted a cybersecurity forum that brought together federal officials and Pennsylvania health care providers to discuss federal cybersecurity policy and ways hospitals and health systems can partner with federal agencies in preventing and responding to cyber threats.

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HHS Looks to Strengthen Cybersecurity Info Sharing Within Health Care; HAP Forum to Facilitate Cybersecurity Discussion in PA

October 06, 2016

Federal funds have been dedicated to support the dissemination of cybersecurity information and education as well as to foster greater information sharing within the health care and public health sectors. In addition, an upcoming session hosted by HAP for its members will provide current information on the latest threats, prevention strategies, and resources available to improve cybersecurity. 

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launches two new programs to support states in the fight against the opioid overdose epidemic

August 31, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the launch of two new programs and the enhancement of an existing program to assist states in fighting opioid abuse. The funds, to be awarded through a competitive process, are designed to provide states with the tools they need to combat opioid overuse, misuse, abuse, and overdose.

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CMS Addressing Wireless Network Security Issues; Government Must Be Vigilant as Threats Grow

August 17, 2016

A federal Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report reveals that four weaknesses were found in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) security controls over its wireless networks. According to CMS, the problems either have been addressed, or are in the process of being addressed.

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PA Hospitals Benefit from Broadband Network in Underserved Counties

August 12, 2016

During the past year, the Keystone Initiative for Network-Based Education and Research (KINBER) saw a 24 percent increase in the number of organizations—including hospitals and health systems—connected to its 1,800-mile, high-speed, high-quality broadband network. 

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State Budget Shows Commitment to Pennsylvania Health Care

July 14, 2016

News Release: HAP today issued a statement from President and CEO Andy Carter in response to the work completed on the 2016–2017 state budget, which continues funding to support the work of health care providers in the commonwealth.

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Ransomware Threat Grows for Health Care Community

July 13, 2016

In half of all data breaches in health care, criminal attacks are the leading cause, marking a five percent increase from last year. The other half are caused by employee mistakes, third-party errors, and stolen computer devices.

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