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GAO Report Highlights Insufficient Payment of Services as a Barrier to Adoption of Telehealth Services

April 21, 2017

A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recognizes the potential telehealth has to improve or maintain quality of care, but adoption of telehealth lacks due to insufficient reimbursement for services. 

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Cybersecurity in Health Care Topic for Federal Committee Hearing

April 05, 2017

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations recently held a hearing about cybersecurity in the health care sector and strengthening public-private partnerships. The American Hospital Association (AHA) urged Congress to provide law enforcement and other appropriate agencies with the resources to investigate cyber attacks and proactively prevent them.

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National Doctors' Day is a Day to Thank Pennsylvania Physicians

March 30, 2017

HAP thanks Pennsylvania’s nearly 47,000 physicians, many of whom are working to improve the health of patients and communities in hospitals and health systems across the state and is providing education and information on important physician issues.

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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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PA Departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs Outline 2017–2018 Budget Needs; Make Case for Consolidation

March 01, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Physician General, Dr. Rachel Levine, and the Acting Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), Jennifer Smith, joined Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Karen Murphy in providing testimony to the PA House Appropriations Committee yesterday afternoon. During the hearing, all three faced questions from members of the committee concerning the budget and other initiatives within the two departments.

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PA Senate Intends to Reintroduce Telemedicine Legislation

February 02, 2017

This week, Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver) circulated his copsonsorship memo and intends to reintroduce his legislation on telemedicine from last session.

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FTC Acting Chair Advocates for Health Care Policies––Emphasizes Importance of Telehealth

January 27, 2017

The new acting chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Maureen Ohlhausen, has laid out her positions about several health care policies to improve the health care delivery system.

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New Report Looks at Premature Mortality in U.S.; Public Health Successes and Challenges

January 26, 2017

The National Institutes for Health (NIH) released new research that suggests that public health efforts to reduce tobacco use and improved diagnoses and treatment for certain diseases is having a positive impact.

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New Report Looks at Premature Mortality in U.S.; Public Health Successes and Challenges

January 26, 2017

The National Institutes for Health (NIH) released new research that suggests that public health efforts to reduce tobacco use and improved diagnoses and treatment for certain diseases is having a positive impact.

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Work Under Way in Legislature on Key Hospital Issues: Telemedicine and Protecting Health Care Practitioners

January 12, 2017

Pennsylvania’s legislators are kicking off the new legislative session by jumping straight into policy issues important to the hospital community: telemedicine and protecting health care workers.

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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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Survey Shows Increased Usage in Telemedicine

January 03, 2017

A recent report released by Rock Health, a California-based digital venture fund, depicts the growth in consumer adoption and use of digital health tools. The report surveyed over 4,000 consumers and illustrated a growing adoption of tools including wearable technology, electronic health records, and telemedicine.

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HAP, PA Lawmakers Share Insight, Importance of Achieving Telemedicine Legislation

December 15, 2016

The Pennsylvania Chapters of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society hosted a webinar at HAP’s headquarters in Harrisburg about the ongoing effort to implement telemedicine legislation in the commonwealth. During the webinar, HAP President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Carter was on hand to provide an update on the collective effort of HAP and the Pennsylvania Medical Society to achieve telemedicine legislation.

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New Report Examines Effects of Affordable Care Act Repeal on Hospitals and Health Systems

December 08, 2016

The American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals recently released a report that quantifies the impact of a potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act would have on hospitals and health systems.

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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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