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PA will See Major Employment and Economic Strains under Proposed American Health Care Act

June 14, 2017

Today, The Commonwealth Fund released its economic and employment assessment of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on the United States. According to the study, enactment of the AHCA would lead to nearly 85,000 jobs lost in Pennsylvania by 2026 and more than $14 billion lost in business output.

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Senate Health and Human Services Committee Meets on Full Agenda

June 13, 2017

Chair Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne), convened the Senate Health and Human Services committee to consider a full agenda, including opioid-related legislation.

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Bill to Improve Stroke Care in PA Signed into Law

June 13, 2017

Governor Wolf has signed House Bill 23 into law. Act 4 of 2017 ensures that patients are taken to stroke centers that deliver appropriate levels of care. 

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State House Judiciary Committee Passes Bill to Protect Health Care Workers from Assault

June 13, 2017

Today, the State House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed House Bill 646. The HAP-supported legislation adds health care practitioners to a protected class in the event of an assault.

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The Importance of Trauma Centers in Pennsylvania

June 12, 2017

The Pennsylvania General Assembly returned this week to continue work on the 2017–2018 state budget. The commonwealth faces a projected revenue shortfall for the current fiscal year of $1.2 billion and a growing structural deficit for next year, placing some supplemental hospital payments at risk for reduction, including payments that support life-saving trauma care.

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HAP, PA Hospitals Working to Reduce Violence

June 09, 2017

Violence is a major public health and safety issue throughout the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2.3 million people are treated in U.S. emergency departments each year for violent injuries. Violence costs more than $85 billion annually in medical expenses and lost productivity. 

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HHS Secretary Price Defends 18% Cut to Next Year’s HHS Budget

June 08, 2017

Today, federal lawmakers began vetting President Trump’s proposed fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In testimony before the U.S. Senate Finance and the U.S. House Ways & Means Committees, HHS Secretary Tom Price presented a strong defense of the Administration’s plan to cut the HHS budget by about 18 percent overall.

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PA Legislature Sends Governor Pension Reform Bill

June 08, 2017

Today, the legislature voted to send Governor Wolf what many are hailing as a “historic” pension reform bill. 

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PA Coalition for Civil Justice Reform’s New Website

June 08, 2017

The Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform, the statewide organization working to improve the commonwealth’s legal liability climate, today launched its new website. 

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PA Providers to Senators Toomey and Casey: AHCA Hits PA Harder than Other States

June 08, 2017

News Release:  Ahead of possible Senate action on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a group of 27 health care providers and organizations from across Pennsylvania sent a joint letter to Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey about how the AHCA “severely disadvantages Pennsylvania...”

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The Importance of Funding for PA’s Burn Centers

June 07, 2017

Proposals for the 2017–2018 state budget have mostly protected funding for hospital care. But some supplemental hospital payments are at risk for reduction, including payments that support life-saving burn care.

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Comprehensive PA Web Resource to Fight Overdose Epidemic Has New Features and Partners—including HAP and More than 30 Counties

June 06, 2017

University of Pittsburgh’s OverdoseFreePA.org is a one-stop-shop for information and resources to help counties and others reduce overdose deaths. The website has been relaunched with a new, more user-friendly design, new features, and new partnerships.

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Electronic Prescribing for Opioids Passes House Committee

June 06, 2017

As the Pennsylvania legislature looks to provide tools for communities and families to combat the opioid epidemic, the House Health Committee unanimously voted House Bill 353 out of committee.  Sponsored by Representative Tedd Nesbit (R-Mercer), this legislation requires the use of electronic prescribing for a Schedule II controlled substance.  

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HAP Welcomes Megan Champagne to Its Staff

June 05, 2017

News Release:  Effective May 31, Megan Champagne has been appointed as Senior Administrative Assistant for the executive office of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP).

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Battling Opioid Addiction across State Lines

June 05, 2017

Starting today, registered users of the Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PA PDMP) can search for information regarding opioid prescriptions filled by their patients in neighboring states. 

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