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AAMC Annual Report: Projected Shortfall of Physicians Continues to Grow

March 20, 2017

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently released an updated report that projects that, for the third consecutive year, physician demand will continue to grow faster than the U.S. supply of physicians.

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Pennsylvania Tightens Medication Rules to Help Combat Opioid Crisis

March 07, 2017

Yesterday, Governor Wolf announced increased regulatory oversight by Department of Human Services (DHS) to ensure appropriate utilization of medically assisted treatment (MAT) by Medicaid providers. 

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U.S. House Committee Seeks to Tackle Health Care Costs through Liability Reform

February 28, 2017

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee today advanced comprehensive medical liability reform legislation intended to improve access to quality, affordable health care. The Congressional Budget Office said the reforms would reduce the federal deficit by tens of billions of dollars over the next decade.

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Quality Up, Mortality and Readmission Rates Down for Heart Surgery Patients in PA

January 31, 2017

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) today said that a new report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) shows improvements in the safety and quality of heart surgeries performed by Pennsylvania physicians in Pennsylvania hospitals.

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Physician Burnout Trends Continue to Increase Across the U.S.

January 11, 2017

The newly released “Medscape Lifestyle Report 2017: Race and Ethnicity, Bias and Burnout,” indicates that physician burnout rates continue to trend upward. Since 2013, the rate has increased from 40 percent to 51 percent, which represents a more than 25 percent increase in four years.

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HAP Launches Effort to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

December 15, 2016

HAP—through its Hospital Improvement Innovation Network and in partnership with The Health Care Improvement Foundation and Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network—has launched a three-year effort to reduce hospital readmissions.

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Hospitals Thank Our Veterans for Their Service and Work to Connect Them to Health Care Jobs

November 11, 2016

As the nation celebrates Veterans Day, one of the ways we can support these men and women is to create a path to civilian careers. Veterans who have medical backgrounds are excellent candidates for health care jobs. 

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HHS Requires More Information About Clinical Trials

September 19, 2016

To make information about clinical trials more widely available, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule specifying additional information to be submitted by researchers conducting clinical trials. 

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Provider, Patient Partnerships Key to Improving Health Outcomes

September 09, 2016

Patient, author, and engagement advocate, Tiffany Christensen, asked the nearly 175 hospital and health care professionals at HAP’s Annual Patient Safety & Quality Symposium to focus on partnering with their patients in their efforts to improve health outcomes.

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Loan Repayment Available to Doctors Who Serve in a Shortage Areas

August 26, 2016

The National Health Service Corps Students to Service Loan Repayment Program is accepting applications from medical and dental students who are in their final year of school and who will commit to provide primary health care services for at least three years in a Health Professional Shortage Area.

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HAP Announces 2016 Achievement Award Winners

August 18, 2016

News Release:  Pennsylvania hospitals continuously work to adopt and implement forward-thinking initiatives in order to provide high-quality, more affordable health care to patients. HAP recognizes these innovative efforts through its respected Achievement Awards program, which began in 1978. Twelve winning submissions were selected this year.

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U.S. Senate Committee Reviews Health Care Fraud Laws; Complex and Impeding Care Integration

July 12, 2016

As federal policymakers continue to press for transformational change in our health care system toward value-based payment, a U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing—Examining the Stark Law: Current Issues and Opportunities—highlighted how existing health care fraud laws are inhibiting clinical integration, stifling innovation, and impeding the ultimate goal of high quality, cost-effective health care.

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Three-Bill Opioid Package Passes PA House of Representatives with Ease

June 23, 2016

Today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives continued their effort to curb the opioid abuse epidemic in Pennsylvania by passing a package of three bills. HAP commended the action.

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Federal Government Will Provide Funds to Help States Implement Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

June 20, 2016

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will provide funding to help states implement the new Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.

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Hospital, Health System Leaders Share Priorities During Legislative Visits

June 08, 2016

Pennsylvania’s hospital and healthsystem leaders met with key staff in the State House and Senate and the Governor’s office to discuss important issues surrounding the state budget and other policy issues.

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