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Barriers in Delivering Health Care, Expanding Telemedicine Highlighted at Annual Rural Pennsylvania Legislative Briefing

May 02, 2019

At an event yesterday hosted by Pennsylvania state Representative Kathy Rapp (R-65), state Senator Michele Brooks (R-50), and Lisa Davis, director, Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, Dr. Frederick Bloom, president, Guthrie Medical Group, presented testimony before a number of legislators and staff. Dr. Bloom highlighted the significant barriers to access to care brought about by the lack of connectivity to broadband Internet.

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PA Patients and Providers Rally Together for Prior Authorization Reforms

May 01, 2019

Yesterday in Harrisburg, HAP joined patients and other providers to introduce legislation reforming the insurance practice of requiring prior authorization for medical care. Unfortunately, current prior authorization processes can delay the timely delivery of appropriate, medically necessary care.

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Wolf Administration Recognizes Hospital Emergency Preparedness Leaders

April 30, 2019

The Wolf Administration recently commended hospital leaders for their crucial roles in Pennsylvania’s public health emergency preparedness efforts. 

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PA Hospitals to See Slightly Reduced Penalties under New CMS Rule

April 29, 2019

A study published last week in JAMA Internal Medicine analyzed how Medicare’s recent changes to the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) affect hospitals with high versus low proportions of dual Medicaid- and Medicare-eligible patient populations. 

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Promotes Safe Disposal of Dangerous Medications

April 26, 2019

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) urges residents of the commonwealth to take advantage of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, April  27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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HAP Kicks Off Statewide Effort to Address Social Determinants of Health

April 25, 2019

Hospitals across Pennsylvania are hosting focus groups and information sessions to learn about the health needs of their communities as part of their triannual community health needs assessments. Concurrently, HAP convened a group of leaders on the front lines of initiatives aimed at addressing the economic and social conditions that impact health. HAP’s collaborative kicked off an association-wide priority to identify strategies for addressing these social determinants of health.

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PA is a Leader in Alternative Payment Models for Health Care

April 24, 2019

A new study says Pennsylvania is one of three states leading the national movement to a new way of paying for health care. A study commissioned by Change Healthcare reveals that during the past five years, the number of states implementing alternative payment models (APM) has increased sevenfold. 

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News Release: HAP Announces 2019 Achievement Award Winners

April 24, 2019

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) announces its 2019 Achievement Award recipients.

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Celebrate National Nurses Week 2019, Recognize Pennsylvania Nurses

April 23, 2019

May 6-12 is National Nurses Week. Prepare now to recognize the safe, quality care nurses provide to patients across the state.

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As CMS Sets Rules for 2020 Health Insurance Marketplaces, PA Proposes State-based Exchange

April 22, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, has finalized the Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2020. These parameters would set the 2020 standards for health insurance companies, services, and organizations and the health insurance marketplaces.

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Legislation Increasing Funds for Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Passes State House

April 19, 2019

Earlier this week, Pennsylvania’s House of Representative unanimously approved House Bill 30, which calls for an increase in the voluntary contributions for biennial vehicle registrations from $3 to $6 to The Governor Robert P. Casey Memorial Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Trust Fund.

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PA’s Senator Casey Calls for Strong Commitment to NIH Funding to Support Research That Saves and Improves Lives

April 18, 2019

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) are taking a lead role advocating for federal funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the 2020 federal budget.

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Medicare Advantage Enrollees May Have More Access to Telehealth Services

April 17, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a final rule updating the Medicare Advantage program to allow for innovative plan design and more choices for patients. The popularity of Medicare Advantage plans has been on the rise and new flexibilities, including additional telehealth and nontraditional benefits will likely continue this trend. 

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HAP Encourages Conversations about End-of-Life Care Today and Every Day

April 16, 2019

April 16 has been designated as National Healthcare Decisions Day in an effort to educate and empower individuals and providers about the importance of advance care planning. HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals encourage individuals to use this day as an opportunity to discuss end-of-life care preferences. 

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Warm Hand-off Study Resolution Clears First Hurdle

April 16, 2019

Today, the House Human Services Committee considered House Resolution 216. Sponsored by freshman lawmaker Todd Polinchock (R-Bucks), the resolution establishes a task force within the House of Representatives on “overdose recovery” and directs the Joint State Government Committee to establish an advisory committee aimed at studying the warm hand-off treatment for individuals with substance abuse disorder.

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