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President Trump Signs Kidney Health Executive Order, Announces New Kidney Treatment Payment Bundle

July 15, 2019

Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to launch the “Advancing American Kidney Health” initiative. The three-pronged executive order is aimed at revamping the way America treats kidney disease.

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News Release: HAP Commends Philadelphia-area Hospitals, Government, Universities for Coming Together to Respond to Hospital Closure

July 09, 2019

Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), today released the following statement regarding the hospital community’s response to the announced closure of Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia.

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Health Care Costs Legislation Moves Toward Committee Consideration; Includes Patient Protections

June 20, 2019

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee took steps to advance a package of policies that address health care costs—including a policy to protect patients from surprise medical bills.

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Pennsylvania Health Care Providers Join Forces to Emphasize Importance of Medicaid

June 18, 2019

Leaders from organizations representing Pennsylvania health care providers reinforced the importance of Medicaid during meetings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  

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HAP Endorsed Partner Vizient Teams Up with Civica Rx to Improve Affordability and Availability of Generic Drugs

June 18, 2019

One of HAP’s endorsed partners, Vizient, will be collaborating with Civica Rx, a not-for-profit generic drug company that is committed to stabilizing the supply of essential generic medications in a hospital setting.

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Survey Results Reinforce that Hospitals Rely on 340B Funding to Provide Care

June 17, 2019

Findings from a 340B Health survey reveal that the 340B Drug Pricing Program generated average savings of $11.8 million nationally during 2018, and the savings are being used to benefit low-income and rural patients.

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Study Finds Pennsylvania among States with Highest Rate of Drug Overdose Deaths

June 14, 2019

According to a recent Commonwealth Fund study, Pennsylvania has the third highest death rate from drug overdoses (behind Ohio and West Virginia) and mortality rates from drug overdoses were at least five times higher than rates for alcohol-related deaths and about three times higher than suicide rates.

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Coverage Proposals Examined in U.S. House Hearing; Hospitals Advocate to Build on Progress in Expanding Access to Comprehensive Coverage

June 13, 2019

In the face of strong public attention to the affordability of health care and political interest by Democrat Presidential hopefuls in a single-payer regime in which government operates a tax-funded health insurance plan for all residents, in a hearing this week, the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee explored policy options to expand access to health coverage.

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U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Hospital Position in Allina Case

June 03, 2019

In a ruling with significant procedural implications for the implementation of the Medicare Act, the U.S. Supreme Court today affirmed the importance of allowing an opportunity for stakeholders to comment on proposed rules through notice-and-comment rulemaking relative to the Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program, which provides resources for hospitals that serve a high volume of low-income patients.

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Week in Washington Included Movement on Drug Pricing, Protecting the ACA, Surprise Balance Bills

May 10, 2019

Health care coverage and associated costs took center stage in Washington, D.C. this week, with the U.S. Congress and Trump Administration working to advance policies to address drug prices, health care bills, and access to health coverage.  

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Court Again Rejects 340B Payment Cuts; Calls for Quick Resolution on Remedy

May 07, 2019

Consistent with a ruling during late December, a Federal District Court judge ruled yesterday that the Administration’s nearly 30 percent cut to Medicare payments to hospitals participating in the 340B Drug Pricing Program was unlawful and ordered the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to resolve the harm caused by the cuts “promptly.”

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Annual Graduate Medical Education Day Brings Residency Shortages to the Forefront

May 06, 2019

Today in Washington, D.C., hospital advocates participated in the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) Graduate Medical Education (GME) Day of Action to reinforce the importance of Congressional support for residency programs, workforce initiatives, and learning opportunities across the United States, in an effort to meet society’s ever-evolving health care needs.

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Legislation Reintroduced to Strengthen the Workforce to Respond to the Opioid Epidemic

May 03, 2019

Building on sustained efforts at the federal level to address the opioid epidemic over the last two Congressional sessions, federal lawmakers reinitiated a bipartisan effort to strengthen the health care workforce’s ability to respond to the opioid crisis by incentivizing the training of more addiction specialists.

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U.S. House Hearing, New CBO Report Identify Complicated Considerations for Single-payor, Medicare for All

May 02, 2019

As policy conversation in Washington, D.C., continues to explore avenues to advance health care reform and Democrat presidential hopefuls are challenged to define their perspectives regarding a single-payor health care system, a Congressional hearing in the U.S. House Rules Committee this week and a new report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) highlight the complicated considerations surrounding such a significant health care overhaul.

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PA Hospitals to See Slightly Reduced Penalties under New CMS Rule

April 29, 2019

A study published last week in JAMA Internal Medicine analyzed how Medicare’s recent changes to the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) affect hospitals with high versus low proportions of dual Medicaid- and Medicare-eligible patient populations. 

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