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Prepare to Celebrate Patient Experience Week during April

March 19, 2019

Pennsylvania health care providers and consumers have the opportunity to celebrate Patient Experience Week April 22–26, 2019. This annual event provides a focused time for organizations to celebrate accomplishments, re-energize efforts, and honor individuals who have impacted the patient experience in health care every day.

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News Release: HAP Adds Warren Kampf to Senior Leadership Team

March 18, 2019

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) is pleased to announce that, on April 1, Warren Kampf will join its senior leadership ...

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U.S. House Committee Exercises Oversight of “Skinny” Health Plans

March 15, 2019

The U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee initiated an oversight investigation into the practices of short-term, limited duration insurance health care plans and insurance brokers. 

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HAP Supports Changes to Ensure High-Quality Care for Trauma Patients

March 14, 2019

To preserve the high-quality care being provided at Pennsylvania’s trauma centers, Representative Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) and Representative Michael Schlossberg (D-Lehigh) introduced House Bill 786 this week.

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Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Funding Extension Reintroduced

March 14, 2019

A bipartisan, bicameral group of federal lawmakers today held a press conference to announce the introduction of the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act—legislation that would extend and expand the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic initiative.

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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Interventions to Prevent Perinatal Depression

March 13, 2019

Consistent with recognition of the importance of addressing and preventing perinatal depression, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine, released a final recommendation statement, which was published in a recent issue of Health Affairs.

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Report about Public Option Signals Problems; Threats to Patient Access to Care and Massive Hospital Funding Cuts

March 12, 2019

Two national hospital groups have released a new report that considers the implications of a policy proposal to make a public health insurance plan fully available on the health exchanges beginning in 2024. 

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Federal Budget Request Proposes Significant Health Program Cuts and Medicaid Policy Changes

March 11, 2019

President' Trumps fiscal year 2020 budget request supports ending HIV transmission and addressing drug pricing. His request also includes major policy proposals impacting Medicare and Medicaid in order to achieve savings.

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New Report Shows Patient Struggle with Drug Costs; Aging Committee Discusses Options to Improve Affordability

March 08, 2019

A new poll details the extent to which Americans are struggling to afford prescription drug medications and the impact of rising drug costs on their care. The poll validates federal policymakers' interest in addressing the issue.

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Hospitals Remain a High-Value Target for Cyber-Criminals, HAPevolve Can Help

March 07, 2019

Hospitals are at high risk for cyber-threats. From security breaches to ransomware attacks, vulnerabilities are growing and solutions are needed.

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U.S. House Committee Considers Market Approaches to Lower Consumer Costs and Expand Access

March 06, 2019

The U.S. House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee reviewed a series of legislative proposals aimed at building on the successes of the current market-based approach to providing health care and improving efforts to expand access to coverage and lower consumer costs.

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News Release: Innovative Pilot Aims to Boost Rural Community Health

March 05, 2019

Members of the hospital community joined Wolf Administration leaders today to announce a new pilot program designed to improve rural community health and provide financial stability for rural hospitals.

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Celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week March 10–16

March 04, 2019

Patient Safety Awareness Week, from March 10 through March 16, 2019, is intended to encourage everyone—consumers as well as health care providers—to learn more about health care safety. 

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AHA Releases Report, Resources on Telehealth

March 01, 2019

The American Hospital Association (AHA) Center for Health Innovation released the second in a series of new market intelligence tools for hospital and health system leaders. Telehealth: A Path to Virtual Integrated Care is based on information and insights from interviews with hospital and health system leaders and other health care experts, surveys of hospital and health systems, and a number of health care reports and research articles.

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New Report Details Trends, Barriers for Pennsylvanians with Disabilities

February 28, 2019

According to a data analysis of U.S. Census data, conducted by the Pennsylvania State Data Center (PDSC), Pennsylvania has the nation’s fifth-largest population of persons with disabilities and the 16th highest population of persons with disabilities (tied with Michigan).

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