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Governor Signs Bills to Streamline the Processing of Physician Assistant Written Agreement Approvals

July 02, 2019

Governor Tom Wolf signed two bills into law that clarify that a third-party delegate can assist in the process of physician assistant agreements under the Department of State’s Pennsylvania Licensing System.

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The Challenges of Cancer Care in Rural Communities

July 01, 2019

As part of its efforts to understand and address cancer health disparities, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASOC) examined the cancer incidence and mortality in urban and rural areas. 

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2019–2020 State Budget Retains Tobacco Settlement Fund Payments for Hospitals; Important Health Care Bills on Way to Governor

June 28, 2019

Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania General Assembly agreed to an almost $34 billion budget for the 2019–2020 state fiscal year. Of importance to hospitals and their patients and communities, the budget ensures programs funded from the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) continue to be fully funded. This includes support for hospitals to care for vulnerable patients through uncompensated care or extraordinary expense payments, as well as funds for CURE grants supporting health research.

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News Release: PA Hospitals Support State Budget Deal

June 28, 2019

Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, today released the following statement regarding the state General Assembly's approval of state budget plan that will help to continue to expand access to health care at the commonwealth’s hospitals.

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Support Builds for Strengthening Health Care Workforce to Respond to Opioid Epidemic

June 27, 2019

Federal legislation to strengthen the health care workforce serving on the front lines of the nation’s opioid epidemic earned the approval of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee in a legislative mark-up on Wednesday, and will now await consideration before the full House.

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HAP, Members Testify in Opposition to Venue Rule Change

June 26, 2019

HAP, members, and stakeholders testified this week in opposition to a proposed change to venue reform. The Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) held a two-day hearing about the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Civil Procedural Rules Committee proposal to change the medical professional liability venue reform adopted during 2002.

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Trump Administration Issues Order Relating to Hospital Price Transparency

June 25, 2019

In an executive order issued Monday, the Trump Administration directed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other agencies to develop rules requiring hospitals to disclose prices that reflect what insurers pay for services. The rules also will require health care providers and insurers to disclose out-of-pocket costs that consumers will face before they receive health care services.

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Survey Highlights the Benefits of Telehealth in Rural Communities

June 24, 2019

A recent survey by National Public Radio (NPR), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health sheds new light on the struggles rural families face with affordability and accessibility of vital health care services.

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Tackling Food Insecurity Requires Commitment from Everyone

June 21, 2019

This week, several state leaders emphasized the importance of partnership efforts to address hunger insecurity. HAP's social determinants of health collaborative and COACH initiative are fully engaged.

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Health Care Costs Legislation Moves Toward Committee Consideration; Includes Patient Protections

June 20, 2019

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee took steps to advance a package of policies that address health care costs—including a policy to protect patients from surprise medical bills.

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Kaiser Poll Details Americans’ Campaign Interests; Reveals Very Few Understand Medicare for All

June 19, 2019

Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) just released the results of the most recent KFF Health Tracking Poll conducted May 30–June 4, 2019. The poll measured Americans’ expectations from the Democratic presidential campaign and also their perception of the proposed national health plan, also called Medicare for All.

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Pennsylvania Health Care Providers Join Forces to Emphasize Importance of Medicaid

June 18, 2019

Leaders from organizations representing Pennsylvania health care providers reinforced the importance of Medicaid during meetings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  

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HAP Endorsed Partner Vizient Teams Up with Civica Rx to Improve Affordability and Availability of Generic Drugs

June 18, 2019

One of HAP’s endorsed partners, Vizient, will be collaborating with Civica Rx, a not-for-profit generic drug company that is committed to stabilizing the supply of essential generic medications in a hospital setting.

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Survey Results Reinforce that Hospitals Rely on 340B Funding to Provide Care

June 17, 2019

Findings from a 340B Health survey reveal that the 340B Drug Pricing Program generated average savings of $11.8 million nationally during 2018, and the savings are being used to benefit low-income and rural patients.

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Study Finds Pennsylvania among States with Highest Rate of Drug Overdose Deaths

June 14, 2019

According to a recent Commonwealth Fund study, Pennsylvania has the third highest death rate from drug overdoses (behind Ohio and West Virginia) and mortality rates from drug overdoses were at least five times higher than rates for alcohol-related deaths and about three times higher than suicide rates.

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