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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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News Release: HAP Names Samuel BowerCraft as New Vice President, Operations

February 28, 2019

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) is pleased to announce that, effective February 18, Samuel BowerCraft has been appointed vice president, operations.

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House Democrats Initiate Policy Conversation about ‘Medicare for All’; Funding for Plan is Not Defined

February 27, 2019

The concept of a single-payer health care system, in which government operates a tax-funded health insurance plan for all residents, has been a mainstay of political health care reform discussions for years. As Democrat Presidential hopefuls define their position relative to single-payer, progressive leaders of the Congressional Caucus advocating for “Medicare for All” introduced a sweeping overhaul of the our existing health care system. The plan would transition all Americans into a government-run, single-payer, universal Medicare program over two years, eliminating private insurance. This legislative proposal also calls for providing global budgets to all health care providers in order to contain costs. Global budgets prospectively set the amount of money that can be spent.

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PA Senate Introduces HAP-Supported Bill to Allow APRNs Full Practice Authority

February 27, 2019

Today, Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) re-introduced legislation that would give full practice authority to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). HAP supports the bill, Senate Bill 25, that would modernize the Professional Nursing Law to permit qualified APRNs to practice in their field of specialty independent of a physician after they fulfill a three-year, 3,600-hour collaboration agreement with a physician.

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PA House Committee Dives into DOH and DDAP Budget Requests

February 26, 2019

Appearing before the House Appropriations Committee, the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) faced questioning from members of the committee about the department’s budgetary requests for the 2019–2020 fiscal year.

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Workforce Stability, Work Requirements, and Minimum Wage Dominate Senate Appropriations Hearing

February 25, 2019

The Department of Labor and Industry, led by Secretary W. Gerard Oleksiak, testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee during this morning’s budget hearing.

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House Bill Would Address Problems with Health Professionals’ Credentialing Process

February 22, 2019

HAP is supporting legislation to improve Pennsylvania's credentialing process for health care practitioners. 

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HAP Letter to PA Supreme Court Committee Highlights Report Findings: Venue Reform Change Would Increase Physician Insurance Costs/Rates

February 21, 2019

HAP has sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Civil Procedural Rules Committee opposing a plan that would eliminate a critical venue reform established during 2002. 

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AHA Principles Set Framework for Surprise Billing Solution; Hospital Groups Offer Support to Federal Leaders

February 21, 2019

The American Hospital Association has developed a set of principles to serve as a guidepost for work with Congress and the Trump Administration to protect patients from surprise billing.

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CMS Creates One Medicaid Team; Striving To Be More Effective

February 20, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is integrating the Consortium for Medicaid and Children’s Health Operations (CMCHO) and the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) into one, unified Medicaid team.

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Today’s Theme in Harrisburg is Workforce Development; Governor Signs Executive Order, Legislature Holds Hearing

February 19, 2019

Governor Wolf today signed an executive order calling for a long-term investment in workforce assessment, development, and recruitment. HAP's Health Care Talent Task Force work aligns with his goals. 

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PA Health Care Advocates Pen Joint Comment Letter to Oppose Supreme Court Venue Shopping Proposed Rule

February 18, 2019

HAP and more than 20 health care provider and advocacy groups today sent a joint comment letter to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Civil Procedural Rules Committee expressing concern about a proposed rule to change venue requirements for medical liability cases.

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New Resources Provide Updates, Insight into Health Insurance Trends

February 15, 2019

The Commonwealth Fund recently released a survey assessing the extent and quality of coverage for U.S. working-age adults, and an interactive map that lays out states' efforts to access adequate health insurance.

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Supreme Court Committee Postpones Consideration of Venue Rule Change

February 14, 2019

Following significant outcry from the hospital community, health care leaders, business leaders, and policymakers, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Civil Procedural Rules Committee today announced that it will delay making changes to a key medical liability rule until it has reviewed the results of a legislative study.

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Newly Introduced Federal Legislation Would Offer Flexibility for Rural Hospitals to Meet the Needs of Rural Communities

February 13, 2019

Two new legislative proposals introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would provide flexibility for rural providers to appropriately manage the length of stay of patients served by critical access hospitals and better leverage the clinical workforce to provide care to patients in underserved communities.

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