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Federal Appeals Court Ruling Could Help Preserve Cost Sharing Subsidies

August 02, 2017

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held that a coalition of 16 state attorneys general–including Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro–may intervene in the House v. Price appeal relating to the future of cost-sharing subsidies. While the decision does not bar the Trump Administration from ending the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments, it does make it more difficult to cut off the payments.

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HAP Convenes Council to Advance Provider-Patient Partnerships

August 02, 2017

Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems continue to develop partnerships with their patients, guiding them through the health care delivery process and helping them be active participants in their care. In an effort to provide a forum for these organizations to communicate and exchange best practices, HAP’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) has recently convened a Person and Family Engagement (PFE) Leadership Council to bring together hospital leaders responsible for facilitating the development of sustained partnerships with patients and families. 

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Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Pens Letter to HHS Secretary Price, Urges Market Stabilization

August 01, 2017

Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller yesterday sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price urging the federal government to commit to continued cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to help shore up Pennsylvania’s insurance marketplace.

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Congressman Murphy Introduces Legislation to Prevent Overdoses, Streamline Substance Use Treatment

August 01, 2017

On Friday, July 28, Congressmen Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced legislation to streamline substance use disorder treatment records.

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HRSA Recognizes 15 PA Hospitals for Organ Donation Efforts

July 31, 2017

The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Organ Donation Campaign recognized more than 1,000 hospitals and transplant centers across the nation for their efforts to promote organ donation awareness and registration between October 2016 and April 2017.

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New CMS Data Tool: Rural PA Has High Ambulance Usage

July 28, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a market saturation and utilization data tool for analyzing and depicting geographic differences in the numbers of:

  • Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) beneficiaries who use different kinds of health care services
  • Providers available to serve those beneficiaries

HAP’s preliminary analysis shows that many parts of Pennsylvania—including rural counties—have high utilization of emergency ambulance services.

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U.S. Senate Rejects ACA “Skinny Repeal” Legislation

July 28, 2017

Early this morning, the Senate voted 51 to 49 against the Health Care Freedom Act, also known as “skinny repeal” legislation. The legislation would have repealed limited portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the individual and employer mandates.

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HAP Statement on U.S. Senate’s Rejection of “Skinny Repeal”

July 28, 2017

News Release:  Early this morning, the U.S. Senate rejected the so-called “skinny” plan to repeal certain portions of the Affordable Care Act. The measure failed by a vote of 49-51, culminating weeks of Congressional efforts to overhaul the nation’s health care landscape. Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), gave the following statement on the result.

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U.S. Senate Contemplates Skinny Repeal, Repealing the Individual Mandate

July 27, 2017

Still pursuing consensus that would produce 50 votes, the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate is evaluating narrowly crafted legislation that would repeal targeted provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the individual and employer mandates.

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Progress on State Budget

July 27, 2017

Earlier today, the Pennsylvania State Senate passed several bills intended to implement the General Fund Appropriations Act for FY 2017–2018 (House Bill 218), which specifies appropriations for this year’s state budget.

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PA Drug Overdose Deaths Up 37% during 2016. On Average, 13 Died Daily.

July 27, 2017

Released today, a new report from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Philadelphia Division, and the University of Pittsburgh shows that Pennsylvania’s epidemic of opioid and other drug-related overdose deaths continued unabated during 2016.

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Debate Continues in U.S. Senate on ACA Repeal Legislation

July 26, 2017

After clearing a procedural motion yesterday to begin consideration of legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Senate has been working through 20 hours of debate. When the debate time has elapsed, the chamber will vet amendments through “vote-a-rama.”

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HAP Announces 2017 Achievement Award Winners

July 26, 2017

News Release:  The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) today recognized the winners of its respected Achievement Awards program. Winners were chosen for Community Champions, Optimal Operations, In Safe Hands, and Excellence in Care. The “Living the Vision Award” recognized one hospital that demonstrated accomplishments in all dimensions of the Triple Aim of improving population health and the patient experience, while reducing health care costs.

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U.S. Senate Proceeds to Consideration of Repeal Legislation

July 25, 2017

The U.S. Senate passed a procedural motion that will allow the chamber to begin consideration of legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Motion to Proceed passed by a vote of 51 to 50 with Vice President Mike Pence casting the deciding vote. 

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HAP President and CEO: Lawmakers Should Start Fresh on Health Care Bill

July 25, 2017

News Release:  The U.S. Senate today voted in favor of a motion to proceed to consideration of legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released a statement​.

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