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Governor Wolf Announces Appointees to Pennsylvania Health Insurance Exchange Authority

August 30, 2019

In July, Pennsylvanians witnessed the signing of House Bill 3, paving the way for a state-based health insurance exchange. Act 42 of 2019 created the Health Insurance Exchange Authority to develop, manage and maintain Pennsylvania’s new Health Insurance Exchange. This week Governor Tom Wolf took a significant step forward by announcing the appointees to the authority.

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Patient Concerns Grow Over Data Protection

August 29, 2019

New data reveals varying levels of distress among patients about their private data. The new survey takes a deep dive into the perception many patients have about various health systems and technology platforms with regard to security.

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Advocacy Group Makes Stop at Capitol to Support the Affordable Care Act

August 28, 2019

Pennsylvania has been identified as a swing state for the 2020 presidential election. As a result, we can expect to see policy debates early and often. One of the recent conversations has been about health care, and specifically, health insurance coverage.

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Healthcare Equity Index Scores Health Care Facilities for Equitable Treatment of LGBTQ Patients, Visitors, and Employees

August 27, 2019

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation recently released its 12th annual Healthcare Equity Index, which scores health care facilities on policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees.

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HAP’s Achievement Award Spotlight: Mercy Home Health

August 26, 2019

Reducing readmissions is a top priority for hospitals all across Pennsylvania. Mercy Home Health is making award-winning progress with their IV Diuretic Program to improve disease management and reduce hospital readmissions.

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AHA Highlights Progress and Opportunities for Regulatory Relief

August 23, 2019

In a letter sent to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seem Verma earlier this month, the American Hospital Association (AHA) highlighted both progress and additional opportunities for federal policymakers to achieve regulatory reforms that reduce administrative complexity and streamline duplicative, antiquated, and contradictory provider regulations.

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HAP Endorses Federal Effort to Protect Patients from Delays in Care, Lauds Rep. Mike Kelly’s Efforts to Standardize Prior Authorization

August 22, 2019

HAP has joined more than 300 patient, physician, health care professional, and other health care stakeholder organizations in expressing support for bipartisan legislation that would help protect patients from unnecessary delays in care.

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HAP’s Achievement Award Spotlight: Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

August 21, 2019

With a goal of reducing the growing rate of assaults on hospital staff, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center leadership and front line staff tackled the issue on various fronts, including focused education, a campaign of employee awareness, and multiple interprofessional workgroups.

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News Release: PA Hospital Opioid Learning and Action Collaborative Kicks off in Harrisburg

August 20, 2019

Pennsylvania hospital leaders and substance use disorder recovery specialists today met in Harrisburg to formally kick off The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s Opioid Learning Action Network, a collaborative for and by Pennsylvania’s hospital community.

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CMS to Overhaul Hospital Star Ratings in 2021

August 19, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced plans to update, during 2021, the methodology used to determine the Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings published on the Hospital Compare website. CMS will use the current methodology to refresh the ratings during early 2020.

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CMS Reports Show Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace is Declining among Those Who Do Not Receive Subsidies

August 16, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this week released two reports that identify trends in the individual health insurance marketplace (also known as the exchange) for 2018, and provide insight about the market for 2019. 

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New Analysis Suggests Hospitals and Health Systems May See a Jump in Drug Spending

August 15, 2019

A new analysis predicts that hospital and health system pharmaceutical costs are projected to increase during 2020, and that health care providers could face drug shortages. 

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security Issues “Public Charge” Final Rule

August 14, 2019

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security this week issued a final rule that would impact the ability of lawfully present immigrants to change or prolong their legal immigration status if the federal government determines that they may rely too much on public benefits.  

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New Survey Shows Burnout Still a Concern for Physicians

August 13, 2019

A recent survey found that nearly 70 percent of physicians have experienced symptoms of burnout, which is associated wtih negative clinical and organizational outcomes, as well as economic costs.

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News Release: HAPevolve Announces Endorsed Partnership with Qualivis

August 12, 2019

HAPevolve, a subsidiary company of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), has entered into an endorsed partner relationship with Qualivis, a national provider of health care workforce solutions that simplify staffing and help hospitals build a better workplace.

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