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Midterm Elections: Governor Wolf and Senator Casey Reelected, Dozens of New Lawmakers Head to Harrisburg, Washington, D.C.

November 07, 2018

In a much-anticipated midterm election that featured high voter turnout, Pennsylvanians yesterday elected Governor Tom Wolf (D) to another four-year term with new Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman (D), and reelected U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D).

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New Guide Helps Patients to Avoid Unexpected Medical Bills

November 07, 2018

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has partnered with the Healthcare Financial Management Association and America's Health Insurance Plans to develop a new consumer guide to help patients ask the right questions to avoid paying more than expected for health care services.

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News Release: HAP Statement on 2018 Midterm Elections

November 07, 2018

News Release:  Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement after the 2018 midterm election results were finalized. 

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Analysis Finds Short-Term Health Insurance Plans May Cost Less by Offering Less Coverage

November 06, 2018

A new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis that explores why short-term health insurance plans may cost less than other plans found that savings are often achieved by limiting coverage for pre-existing conditions and by providing less comprehensive benefits.

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November is National Family Caregivers Month

November 05, 2018

More than 44 million Americans care for a family member, friend, or neighbor. Sponsored by the Caregiver Action Network, National Family Caregivers Month is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. The theme of this year’s celebration is Supercharge Your Caregiving!

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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: Titusville Area Hospital

November 05, 2018

Titusville Area Hospital received HAP’s 2018 “Excellence in Care” Achievement Award for implementing process changes that reduced its Emergency Department (ED) “door to doc” times by nearly one half, reduced the overall time patients spend in the ED, and increased patient satisfaction scores.

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News Release: SEPA Hospitals, Health Systems Honored at HAP’s Southeast Connect

November 05, 2018

News Release:  Five southeastern Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems were recognized Friday for their work to provide exceptional care to the region’s patients and families.

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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: St. Luke’s Allentown Campus

November 02, 2018

The Allentown Campus of St. Luke's University Health Network received HAP’s 2018 “Optimal Operations” Achievement Award for improving the early identification of patients at risk for sepsis and establishing a multidisciplinary framework to standardize their care. As a result of this work, adherence to practice protocols and guidelines increased 26.3 percent, putting the Allentown Campus’s performance in the top decile nationwide.

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ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment Starts Today! Here’s What Pennsylvanians Need to Know

November 01, 2018

The six-week Open Enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) insurance marketplace, HealthCare.gov, runs today through December 15, 2018. Pennsylvanians who get their insurance through the marketplace, or who are uninsured, should take advantage of this opportunity to get covered and stay covered.

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Under CMS Proposal, Seniors Could Gain More Access to Telemedicine

October 31, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule last week that would increase access to telemedicine services for older adults with Medicare Advantage health plans.

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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: Cancer Treatment Centers of America

October 30, 2018

Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center received HAP’s 2018 “In Safe Hands” Achievement Award for its multi-year effort to reduce the incidence of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). As a result of this initiative, the center eliminated CDI among its patients during 15 consecutive months and is working to continue this zero infection rate.

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HAP Statement on Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting

October 29, 2018

HAP Statement:  The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) is profoundly saddened by the tragic shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill. Our thoughts and prayers are with the survivors, families and friends of victims, and the greater Pittsburgh community.

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Responding to New Federal Guidance, Governor Vows to Safeguard ACA Consumer Protections

October 29, 2018

Last week, Governor Wolf announced that Pennsylvania will work to maintain consumer protections required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the face of the Trump Administration’s new guidance for state innovation waivers.

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Hospitals Seek Policy Changes to Remove Barriers to Quality Improvement Efforts

October 26, 2018

Hospitals and health systems have made great strides to improve quality of care, such as reductions in hospital-acquired infections and early elective deliveries.  

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PALS Database Unavailable for Licensure Renewals on October 30; Renew in Advance to Avoid Expirations

October 25, 2018

The Pennsylvania Department of State, Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs licensure renewal database will not be operational on October 30 between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. Individuals will not be able to renew their licenses during this time.

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