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HAP Issues Statement on House Professional Licensure Committee Approval of Telemedicine Bill

September 24, 2018

News Release: Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement after the Pennsylvania House Professional Licensure Committee today voted unanimously to approve Senate Bill 780, which would define telemedicine, provide consumer protections for it, and expand insurance coverage for telemedicine services.



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Report Details How Hospitals Address Food Insecurity through Community Benefit

September 21, 2018

Food and nutrition play an important role in maintaining good health. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a recent report  by Health Care Without Harm provides a national assessment of healthy food and hospital and health system community benefit by examining the variety of programs described within hospitals’ community health needs assessments (CHNA).

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Caring for Mothers Struggling with Opioid Use Disorder—New SAMHSA Fact Sheets

September 21, 2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) this week announced the release of four fact sheets emphasizing the importance of continuing an expectant mother's treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) throughout pregnancy. 

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Seniors' Opioid-related Hospital Stays, ED Visits Rise Dramatically

September 20, 2018

According to a new report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), opioid misuse among older adults is a growing problem. Opioid-related hospital stays and emergency department (ED) visits for patients 65 and older have increased sharply. In contrast, seniors’ non-opioid related hospitalizations have declined.

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U.S. House Builds Consensus to Advance Policy Addressing Opioid Epidemic

June 21, 2018

For a second straight week, legislative activity on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives centered on advancing policy to tackle the opioid crisis that is gripping communities across the nation, particularly in Pennsylvania.

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Fast Tracked Spending Plan Includes Increase for Critical Access Hospitals, Work on Assessment and State Contribution from QCA Continues

June 20, 2018

The state House of Representatives voted 188 to 10 to send House Bill 2121 (the 2018­­–2019 General Appropriations bill) to the Senate for approval. Included in the measure is an additional $3.4 million to cover increased Medicaid losses suffered by Pennsylvania’s critical access hospitals. Work continues on the Quality Care Assessment.

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Trump Administration Finalizes Policy to Expand Use of Association Health Plans; Concerns Raised About the Effect on the ACA Insurance Marketplaces

June 20, 2018

A newly finalized policy will expand the ability for employers to join together in an employer group or association to offer employer-sponsored health care coverage through “association health plans".

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U.S. Senate Approves Bipartisan Plan to Improve Care for Seniors with Chronic Conditions

September 27, 2017

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved bipartisan legislation that will improve health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries living with chronic conditions and also will lower costs.

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HAP Urges Pennsylvania Delegation to Oppose Disruptive Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Proposal

September 21, 2017

HAP urged Pennsylvania’s federal lawmakers to reject the complex, sweeping proposal put forth by U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Ron Johnson (R-WI) that would jeopardize health care coverage and protections relied upon by millions of Pennsylvanians. HAP called upon lawmakers to instead leverage bipartisan support for stabilizing the health insurance markets and promoting access to affordable health insurance and high quality care.

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HAP, PA Provider Associations Call for Protection of Medicaid as AHCA Vote Nears

May 02, 2017

In anticipation of this week’s possible vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), HAP and many other Pennsylvania provider associations today sent a letter urging the protection of Medicaid to the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation.

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