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U.S. House Committees Advance Additional Opioid Bills

May 18, 2018

The U.S. House Ways & Means and Energy & Commerce Committees advanced a slate of bills with the goal of making progress in tackling the opioid crisis and protecting communities by bolstering enforcement efforts, strengthening prevention and public health efforts, and addressing coverage and payment issues in Medicare and Medicaid.

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Can Mobile Apps Improve Diabetes Patients’ Health?

May 17, 2018

Consumers have access to roughly 280 mobile apps for diabetes management, but how effective are these? A recent report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found that only 11 of these apps had been researched for clinical efficacy. 

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New Federal Proposal for Strengthening the Health Care Workforce to Respond to the Opioid Epidemic

May 16, 2018

Newly introduced legislation, the Opioid Workforce Act of 2018, would strengthen the health care workforce’s ability to respond to the opioid crisis. The act incentivizes the training of physicians specialized in the treatment of substance abuse disorders and pain management. 

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Register through May 16 for HAP Leadership Summit—Includes CEO Panel on Health Care Transformation

May 15, 2018

HAP’s Annual Leadership Summit is scheduled for May 21–22 at the Hilton in Harrisburg.

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U.S. Senate Committee Considers Impact of 340B Program in Helping Hospitals Serve Their Communities in the Face of High Drug Prices

May 15, 2018

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a second hearing on the 340B Drug Pricing Program to examine its federal oversight and consider avenues to strengthen program integrity and promote transparency.

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PA Launches Campaign to Build Awareness and Enrollment for CHIP

May 15, 2018

Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) launched CHIP Strong, a public awareness campaign reminding families that get health coverage for their children through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The campaign’s federally funded television, radio, and social media messages highlight this high-quality health insurance, which includes dental and vision coverage.

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Americans Less Confident They Can Pay for Their Health Care

May 14, 2018

New findings from the Commonwealth Fund's Affordable Care Act (ACA) Tracking Survey show that Americans’ confidence in their ability to afford their health care continues to decline.

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President Trump Announces Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices

May 11, 2018

President Donald J. Trump released a blueprint to lower drug prices, identifying immediate actions and opportunities within federal payment programs. Those priorities include increasing competition, improving negotiation, incentivizing lower list prices, and lowering out-of-pocket costs.

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Lawmakers Look to Medicare Advantage Program to Test Health Care Innovation

May 11, 2018

A Congressional committee hearing focused on how the Medicare Advantage program can help improve quality and health outcomes.

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New Report Highlights Integrated Health Approach to Help Youth Impacted by Traumatic Events

May 10, 2018

A new report shows that nearly half of the nation’s children have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. An integrated health approach can help them cope and live healthier lives.

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News Release: HAP Announces 2018 Achievement Award Winners

May 10, 2018

News Release:  The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) annually recognizes innovative hospital through its esteemed Achievement Awards program. Twelve winning programs were selected from 91 entries this year.

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U.S. House Committee Approves Package to Respond to Opioid Crisis

May 09, 2018

Building on areas of agreement, the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee advanced 25 bills intended to help respond to the opioid epidemic.

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National Rural Health Council Announces Rural Health Strategy

May 08, 2018

A new national rural health strategy aims to make rural health care accessible, affordable, and accountable. The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services Rural Health Council (RHC) developed the strategy with rural stakeholder and consumer input.

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News Release: PHC4 Report Underscores Need for Financially Strong Hospital Community

May 08, 2018

News Release:  The latest analysis from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) underscores the need for the hospital community to remain financially strong.

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HAP Statement: Pennsylvania’s Hospitals Provide Cutting-Edge Care and So Much More

May 07, 2018

In celebration of National Hospital Week (May 7–12), Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania...

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