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Supreme Court Committee Postpones Consideration of Venue Rule Change

February 14, 2019

Following significant outcry from the hospital community, health care leaders, business leaders, and policymakers, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Civil Procedural Rules Committee today announced that it will delay making changes to a key medical liability rule until it has reviewed the results of a legislative study.

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State Senate Passes Senate Judiciary Chair Baker’s Resolution Calling for Study on Venue Rule Change

February 05, 2019

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) secured Senate approval for her resolution to study the Supreme Court Civil Procedural Rules Committee’s proposed rule change to venue.

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HAP Supports House Republican Leaders’ Efforts to Protect Access to Care, Fight Return of Venue Shopping

January 30, 2019

HAP joins House Republican leaders, physicians, and business and health care executives to address venue reform and access to care.

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HAP Statement: Proposed Change to Medical Liability Procedure Threatens Access to Care

January 14, 2019

Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement in response to the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court Civil Procedure Rules Committee proposal to remove venue limits for medical liability cases.

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Advocates for Medical Research Call for Investments in the National Institutes of Health

September 14, 2018

A broad coalition of medical research advocates, including researchers and stakeholders representing more than 300 organizations and institutions, are urging Congress to make funding the National Institutes of Health a national priority.

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Senate Banking and Insurance Committee Recommends Acting Insurance Commissioner, Full Senate Follows with Confirmation Vote; Also Confirms Miller, Levine, and Smith

March 20, 2018

Acting Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman received a favorable recommendation from the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee today, paving the way for her final confirmation vote late this afternoon.

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Pennsylvania’s Acting Health Care Secretaries Face Committee for Confirmation

March 19, 2018

Today, Pennsylvania’s Health and Human Services Committee held the next step in the confirmation process to formally place the acting secretaries for Pennsylvania’s three health agencies.

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New Trend Reports Speak to the Nation’s Broken Medical Liability System

January 31, 2018

The American Medical Association has released trend reports that look at the price Americans pay for the nation’s medical liability system.

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Insurance Commissioner Announces No Change in Primary Medical Liability Coverage Limits

September 18, 2017

Pennsylvania’s acting insurance commissioner has announced that she was unable to determine that there is sufficient additional basic insurance capacity to increase the current basic primary limits for calendar years 2018 and 2019.

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U.S. House Backs Comprehensive Medical Liability Reform

June 29, 2017

The U.S. House passed comprehensive medical liability reform legislation to improve access to quality, affordable health care and reduce the burden the liability system places on the health care delivery system.

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PA Coalition for Civil Justice Reform’s New Website

June 08, 2017

The Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform, the statewide organization working to improve the commonwealth’s legal liability climate, today launched its new website. 

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Survey Finds Small Physician Groups Need Help with MACRA Implementation

April 05, 2017

A new survey commissioned by Healthcare Informatics shows that, despite the slower pacing of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), many small physician groups are not fully prepared for its implementation during 2017.

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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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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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HAP to Play Key Role in New Effort to bring Medical Liability Reform to the Commonwealth

February 03, 2017

In response to longstanding concerns about Pennsylvania’s legal climate, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) has joined with the state’s leading business and medical voices to form the Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform (PCCJR). 

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