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HAP, PA Lawmakers Share Insight, Importance of Achieving Telemedicine Legislation

December 15, 2016

The Pennsylvania Chapters of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society hosted a webinar at HAP’s headquarters in Harrisburg about the ongoing effort to implement telemedicine legislation in the commonwealth. During the webinar, HAP President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Carter was on hand to provide an update on the collective effort of HAP and the Pennsylvania Medical Society to achieve telemedicine legislation.

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HAP Launches New Health Care Quality, Cost Resource For Pennsylvanians

December 15, 2016

News Release: The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania today launched its new online tool, Care in Pennsylvania, to provide consumers with user-friendly health care quality and cost information.

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HAP Launches Effort to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

December 15, 2016

HAP—through its Hospital Improvement Innovation Network and in partnership with The Health Care Improvement Foundation and Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network—has launched a three-year effort to reduce hospital readmissions.

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PA Budget Secretary Presents Mid-Year Budget Briefing About State’s Fiscal Status

December 14, 2016

During June, the Governor signed a $31.5 billion budget for the 2016–2017 fiscal year. As is customary, the Budget Secretary, Randy Albright, presented a mid-year budget briefing about the state’s fiscal status.

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VA Takes Significant Step to Increase Vets’ Access to Health Care; Grants Full Practice Authority to Certain Advanced Practice Nurses

December 14, 2016

In an effort to increase veterans’ access to primary care, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has finalized a rule that will allow certain advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) to practice to the full extent of their education and training in VA facilities.

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New Person and Family Engagement Strategy Empowers Consumers to Control their Health Care Plans

December 13, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the CMS Person and Family Engagement Strategy, intended to promote consumers and their caregivers in the definition, design, and delivery of their care. The strategy stresses that the consideration of the health, values, and goals of the individual, in consultation with the entire health care team, leads to an improved experience and better care.

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Consumers Can Work with Hospitals to Make Communities Healthier

December 12, 2016

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was created to expand health insurance coverage to uninsured individuals, lower health care costs, and transform the delivery of health care. Even if the ACA is dismantled and replaced, the transformation of health care delivery will continue, with a greater emphasis on prevention, chronic disease management, and addressing the social determinants of health.

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