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President Issues Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request

February 12, 2018

President Trump released a $4 trillion federal fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget request which defines funding priorities for discretionary spending and outlines legislative proposals. The budget proposal places a focus on tackling the opioid epidemic and addressing drug prices, and envisions significant policy changes to Medicare, Medicaid, and the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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News Release: U.S. Congress Includes Key Hospital Priorities in Spending Plan

February 09, 2018

News Release:  Early this morning, the U.S. Congress passed legislation that raises the debt ceiling, reallocates the current budget caps for defense and domestic discretionary programs, and temporarily funds the government through March 23. The spending plan also contains several hospital priorities.

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PA Sees More Than 389,000 Open Enrollment Sign-ups During 2017; Hospitals Play Key Role

February 09, 2018

Despite the shortened health insurance Open Enrollment period, November 1, 2017–December 15, 2017, Pennsylvania was able to pull in 389,081 health insurance sign-ups.

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Guidance Released to Help Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid Use Disorder and Their Children; New Report Says States Need More Support to Address the Issue

February 08, 2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released new guidance that provides critical information to help health care professionals treat opioid-dependent mothers and their children, and ensure that impacted mothers and infants safely receive treatment for opioid use disorder and neonatal abstinence syndrome.

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Federal Lawmakers Urge Action on Intravenous Saline Shortages

February 07, 2018

Federal lawmakers sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expressing concern about nationwide drug shortages, and calling for actions to address current IV saline shortages.

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New Data Reveals More Rural Hospitals Losing Money

February 07, 2018

During the National Rural Health Association’s 2018 rural health policy institute, new data was presented that reveals that the number of rural hospitals losing money grew to 44 percent over the last year.

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Governor Wolf’s 2018–2019 Budget Sustains Hospital Funding, Work on Reauthorization of Hospital Quality Care Assessment to Begin

February 06, 2018

Today, Governor Wolf introduced his proposed state spending plan for the 2018–2019 fiscal year. The budget maintains 2017–2018 funding levels for hospital payments, while at the same time proposing to significantly increase the contribution to the general fund from the statewide hospital Quality Care Assessment.

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News Release: PA Hospitals: Governor Wolf’s Budget Plan Promising

February 06, 2018

News Release:  Today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf delivered his annual budget address to a joint legislative session. Wolf’s proposal would sustain funding for key hospital lines and would allocate additional resources for opioid crisis response. Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement.

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American Hospital Association Refutes Recent 340B Study

February 05, 2018

An American Hospital Association blog responds to a recent study about the340B Drug Pricing Program, questioning its validity.  

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HAP Achievement Awards Winner Spotlight: UPMC Susquehanna

February 02, 2018

UPMC Susquehanna received a HAP Achievement Award for improving maternity care and surgical instrument tracking.

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Consumers Urged to Get Flu Vaccine and Know the Symptoms of Sepsis

February 02, 2018

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that more people are currently hospitalized with the flu than at the peak of the 2014–2015 flu season. Leaders are urging people to get the flu vaccine.

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CMS Announces New Protections to Combat Opioid Crisis

February 02, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed changes for 2019, which are aimed at combatting the opioid crisis by strengthening patient-doctor-plan communication.

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Report Says Out-of-Pocket Costs for Medicare Beneficiaries Will Keep Growing

February 01, 2018

At a time when the aging population is on the rise in Pennsylvania, a Kaiser Family Foundation report estimates that out-of-pocket costs for Medicare beneficiaries are expected to keep rising over the next decade.

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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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Telemedicine Bill Gets Full Support in State Senate Committee

January 30, 2018

The Pennsylvania Senate Banking and Insurance Committee today unanimously approved legislation that would increase access to telemedicine services in the commonwealth.

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