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HAP SAYS DELAYED VOTE ON AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT SIGNALS IMPORTANCE OF PROCEEDING WITH CAUTION

March 24, 2017

News Release:  A statement issued today by Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, about the U.S. House's action surrounding the American Health Care Act gives hope that lawmakers will step back and take a more thoughtful and balanced look at modifications to the Affordable Care Act.

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Infant Mortality Rates Declining Nationally and in Pennsylvania

March 23, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released data about infant mortality for the United States during 2005–2014. For 2014, the infant mortality rate for the United States hit new lows for Hispanic, Caucasian, African-American, and Asian or Pacific Islander populations. In addition, Pennsylvania’s infant mortality rate declined, dropping from 7.49 during 2005–2007, to 6.53 during 2012–2014.

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PA Senate and House Introduce Bills to Allow CNPs Full Practice Authority

March 22, 2017

Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) and Representative Jesse Topper (R-Bedford) have picked up the effort to allow certified nurse practitioners (CNP) to practice to their level of education and training.

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HAP EMPHASIZES CRUCIAL CONCERNS WITH AHCA, URGES DELEGATION TO VOTE NO

March 22, 2017

News Release: In a letter to the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation, Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), highlighted the profound implications of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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2017 PA Donate Life Hospital Challenge Kicked Off In Harrisburg

March 21, 2017

Joint News Release: The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), the Gift of Life Donor Program, and hospitals and health systems across the state, kicked off and celebrated a collaborative organ donation awareness effort.

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CMS Delays New Bundled Payments, Again

March 21, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted notice of its intent to further delay the implementation of new cardiac bundled payment models and the expansion of the existing joint replacement bundle until May 20, 2017. This delay comes after an initial postponement from January 21 to March 21, 2017, as a result of the 60-day regulatory freeze by the Trump Administration.

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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’s Top RN Programs

March 17, 2017

RegisteredNursing.org has ranked Pennsylvania’s top 30 nursing schools based on the percentage of graduates who pass the exam for registered nurses (RN). Programs reviewed include schools that offer a Diploma in Nursing, an Associate Degree in Nursing, a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN), or Direct-Entry Masters in Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree.

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Legislation to Partially Repeal and Replace the ACA Clears Final U.S. House Committee; Floor Vote Possible Next Week

March 16, 2017

The American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), cleared the U.S. House Budget Committee by a narrow vote of 19 to 17. The legislation could be considered on the U.S. House Floor as early as next week.

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HAP Welcomes Recommendations to Streamline Quality Measures

March 16, 2017

Today, the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) issued a report recommending improvements to quality measures used in federal programs. MAP’s focus on quality measurement centers on ensuring better health care for patients and reduced burdens for providers.

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CMS Releases Final Report on Health Insurance Marketplaces for 2017 Open Enrollment, Pennsylvania Saw More than 425,000 Plan Selections

March 15, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its full report for the 2017 open enrollment period. Approximately 12.2 million consumers selected or were automatically re-enrolled in a Marketplace plan during open enrollment.

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Patient Safety Week—Bringing Awareness to Consumers and Health Care Professionals

March 15, 2017

Patient Safety Awareness Week continues through Saturday, March 18. The week, organized by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), is the culmination of the United in Patient Safety campaign. The work aims to increase awareness about patient safety.

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Two Health Care Improvement Giants Will Merge in Spring to Tackle Patient Safety and Quality

March 14, 2017

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) plan to merge on May 1. Both organizations are focused on health care improvements, but the merger will allow experts to pursue a system-based approach to patient safety rather than project-based methods that are fragmented.

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CBO Estimates 24 Million More Uninsured by 2026 Under House Health Care Proposal; Pennsylvanians Would Be Hit Hard by Coverage Changes

March 13, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office score of the American Health Care Act  confirms concerns raised by HAP President and CEO Andy Carter, that it does not fulfill HAP's core principle that any replacement plan must ensure continuity of coverage and care.

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Pennsylvania Hospitals Add 1,300 jobs in January

March 13, 2017

Pennsylvania’s actual hospital employment increased by 1,300 jobs from December 2016 to January 2017, for total direct employment of 272,300. This is 4,900 more hospital jobs than one year ago, January 2016, when the total number was 267,400.

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