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Governor Wolf Sworn in to Second Term with New Lieutenant Governor Fetterman

January 15, 2019

Today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) was sworn in for his second term as the commonwealth’s top executive and John Fetterman (D) was installed as the state’s new Lieutenant Governor.

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News Release: PA Hospitals Congratulate Wolf and Fetterman on Inauguration

January 15, 2019

Earlier today, Governor Tom Wolf was sworn in to a second term and John Fetterman was sworn in as Pennsylvania’s new Lieutenant Governor. Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement following the swearing-in ceremony.

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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital

January 14, 2019

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital received HAP’s 2018 Optimal Operations Award for its 1 to 1 Supervision Reduction at an Acute Rehabilitation Hospital program.

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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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U.S. Senate Leaders Highlight Health Care Priorities for 2019

January 11, 2019

Although the partial government shutdown continues to dominate legislative attention, committee leaders are in the process of formally organizing, and setting the agenda and priorities for the 116th Congress.

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Recent Survey Finds 68% of Patients Report Challenges with Social Determinants of Health

January 10, 2019

A survey of 500 U.S. healthcare consumers by the revenue cycle technology provider Waystar, found patients often report challenges with social determinants of health.

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For 2017, Uncompensated Care in Pennsylvania Goes Down as National Trend Remains Steady

January 09, 2019

The American Hospital Association recently issued a report stating that United States hospitals provided $38.4 billion worth of uncompensated medical care during 2017.

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HAP Congratulates New Committee Chairs, Health Committee Leaders

January 08, 2019

Pennsylvania’s state legislature released committee chair announcements for the 2019–2020 legislative session and there will be a few new faces in the role of chair for the House Health Committee and the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

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Wolf Administration Officials Provide Updates on Efforts to Address the Opioid Crisis

January 07, 2019

Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary of Health, and representatives from state agencies outlined key accomplishments of Governor Wolf’s first term and outlined their priorities for his second term. These accomplishments include increasing the availability of naloxone through a standing order for the drug, increasing access to medication-assisted treatment through Medicaid expansion, implementing a warm hand-off protocol, just to name a few.

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Federal Task Force Draft Report on Pain Management Available for Public Comment

January 04, 2019

A federal task force charged with identifying, reviewing, and updating best practices surrounding pain management has released its long-awaited Draft Report on Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations.

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Pennsylvania’s Mid-Year Revenue Collections Exceed Estimates

January 03, 2019

As reported, Pennsylvania’s revenue collections exceeded estimates by more than $400 million for the halfway point of the 2018–2019 fiscal year, thanks to corporate revenue tax and a significant uptick in the sales and use tax. While there is still another six months left in the fiscal year, Governor Wolf’s budget secretary also expressed optimism in the health of Pennsylvania’s fiscal situation when presenting the commonwealth’s mid-year budget briefing.

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New CMS Price Transparency Requirements Take Effect; Patients Encouraged to Contact Their Hospitals for More Information

January 02, 2019

A new federal requirement aimed at increasing hospital price transparency took effect January 1, 2019. In its 2019 inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) final rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its guidelines to require that all hospitals in the United States post a list of their standard charges—known as a chargemaster—on their websites in a machine-readable format updated at least annually.

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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: Washington Health System

December 31, 2018

Each year HAP recognizes hospitals from around the state that develop innovative programs to improve the quality of care, patient experience, and technology to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Washington Health System was awarded HAP’s “Excellence in Care” 2018 Achievement Award for its Ambulatory Heart Failure: Pathway to a Better Life initiative, which focused on congestive heart failure care and improving the quality of life for heart failure patients.

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Federal Court Ruling Blocks Detrimental Payment Cut Impacting 340B Hospitals

December 28, 2018

The D.C. District Court blocked a nearly 30 percent payment cut impacting many hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program—a program that helps hospitals and patients manage the ever-increasing burden of prescription drug costs.

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Employee Education Remains Critical to Avoid Ransomware Attacks in Health Care Organizations

December 28, 2018

More than a year after the May 2017 WannaCry cyberattack that severely impacted the health care industry, WannaCry still tops the list of major threats to health care organizations. Employee education can be a critical factor in avoiding a cyberattack.

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