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Pennsylvania Hospitals Add 1,300 jobs in January

March 13, 2017

Pennsylvania’s actual hospital employment increased by 1,300 jobs from December 2016 to January 2017, for total direct employment of 272,300. This is 4,900 more hospital jobs than one year ago, January 2016, when the total number was 267,400.

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Estimates on AHCA Impact Issued as Hospital Community Awaits CBO Scoring

March 10, 2017

As legislators, policymakers, and the hospital community await the scoring on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)—likely to be issued next week—a number of national policy organizations have issued estimates regarding the impact of the proposal, which would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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Number of Cases Decline, but Flu Remains Widespread in Pennsylvania

March 09, 2017

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s weekly influenza report, the number of flu cases in the state have declined for the third straight week. Despite the downward trend, flu activity remains widespread and is circulating in at least half the state.

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House and Senate Appropriations Committees Hear about Impact of ACA Repeal, Consolidation of State Human Services Agencies

March 08, 2017

On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee held its annual budget hearing with the Department of Human Services (DHS). Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee followed suit with a combined hearing for DHS, the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), and the Department of Aging. The House previously held individual hearings for the other three agencies.

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Seven National Hospital Organizations Write to Congress Opposing Draft Legislation Repealing and Replacing the ACA

March 08, 2017

A group of national organizations representing hospitals and health systems have written to members of the U.S. Congress expressing opposition to the House’s American Health Care Act, which would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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HAP Says New ACA Replacement Plan Will Not Provide Comparable Health Care

March 07, 2017

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) President and CEO Andy Carter issued a statement about the House Republicans’ American Health Care Act expressing concern about coverage for the most vulnerable.

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Pennsylvania Tightens Medication Rules to Help Combat Opioid Crisis

March 07, 2017

Yesterday, Governor Wolf announced increased regulatory oversight by Department of Human Services (DHS) to ensure appropriate utilization of medically assisted treatment (MAT) by Medicaid providers. 

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HAP Presents to House Health Committee About Hospital Quality and Population Health Initiatives

March 06, 2017

HAP quality and population health leaders spoke to the Pennsylvania House Health Committee about population health, health care quality, and patient safety initiatives. They highlighted HAP-specific work, which has received national attention.

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HAP Celebrates Significant Growth in Participation for its Donate Life Hospital Challenge

March 06, 2017

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) is again supporting the 2017 Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge. To date, 106 hospitals have registered to participate.

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Bid Protests Cause DHS to Delay HealthChoices Implementation

March 03, 2017

Today, the Department of Human Services announced a delay in the effective dates of the new managed care organization agreements for HealthChoices, Pennsylvania’s mandatory Medicaid managed care program.

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HAP’s Care in Pennsylvania Supports PA Hospitals’ Transparency Initiatives

March 02, 2017

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s Care in Pennsylvania, a health care consumer-friendly website, continues to be a useful Pennsylvania-specific resource for health care quality, price, and health care terminology information.

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PA Departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs Outline 2017–2018 Budget Needs; Make Case for Consolidation

March 01, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Physician General, Dr. Rachel Levine, and the Acting Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), Jennifer Smith, joined Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Karen Murphy in providing testimony to the PA House Appropriations Committee yesterday afternoon. During the hearing, all three faced questions from members of the committee concerning the budget and other initiatives within the two departments.

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U.S. House Committee Seeks to Tackle Health Care Costs through Liability Reform

February 28, 2017

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee today advanced comprehensive medical liability reform legislation intended to improve access to quality, affordable health care. The Congressional Budget Office said the reforms would reduce the federal deficit by tens of billions of dollars over the next decade.

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Study Says ACA Increased PA Medicaid Recipients’ Primary Care Appointment Availability

February 27, 2017

A new study says that the Affordable Care Act has increased primary care appointment availability for Medicaid recipients. 

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More Americans View Affordable Care Act Favorably

February 24, 2017

This month’s Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds favorability for the Affordable Care Act at its highest level since 2010, when the law was enacted. The share of those polled who have a favorable opinion of the law (48%) is greater than the share of those who have an unfavorable opinion (42%).

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