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State House Health Committee Passes Bill to Streamline Physician Credentialing

April 04, 2017

After debate as well as questions from members of the committee, Pennsylvania’s House Health Committee voted to advance House Bill 125, the Health Care Practitioner Credentialing Act. The HAP-supported legislation would establish a streamlined process for insurance credentialing for health care practitioners.

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National Donate Life Month—Encouraging Organ Donation Awareness and Designations

April 03, 2017

April has been designated as National Donate Life Month and Pennsylvania hospitals are joining together in an effort to increase organ donation awareness and designations.

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How PA Stacks Up in New RWJF County Health Rankings

March 31, 2017

Pennsylvania performed better than or the same as the U.S. medians for 16 out of 21 clinical care, health outcome, and health behavior measures included in Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) 2017 County Health Rankings.

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National Doctors' Day is a Day to Thank Pennsylvania Physicians

March 30, 2017

HAP thanks Pennsylvania’s nearly 47,000 physicians, many of whom are working to improve the health of patients and communities in hospitals and health systems across the state and is providing education and information on important physician issues.

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DOH, HAP Continue to Partner on Emergency Preparedness

March 30, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and HAP have finalized their partnership in support of the Emergency Preparedness Services component of DOH’s Healthcare Preparedness Program. 

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Legislature Begins Process to Delve into the Consolidation of State Health Agencies

March 29, 2017

The Pennsylvania Senate Health and Human Services, Aging and Youth, Intergovernmental Agencies, and Appropriation Committees held a joint hearing today on Governor Wolf’s proposal to merge four departments creating the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Next Steps on Affordable Care Act Remain Uncertain

March 29, 2017

Both Congress and the Administration are assessing next steps with respect to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the wake of the U.S. House abandoning a floor vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). This proposed legislation would have partially repealed and replaced the ACA and made significant changes to the Medicaid program. 

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Bill to Prevent Organ Donation Discrimination Advances in PA Senate

March 29, 2017

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee considered Senate Bill 108, which aims to prohibit discrimination against disabled individuals in need of organ transplants. 

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HAP URGES STABLE MEDICARE PAYMENTS FOR RURAL PA HOSPITALS

March 29, 2017

News Release:  The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) President and CEO Andy Carter issued a statement about the importance of stable, predictable Medicare payments to help address the unique financial challenges faced by Pennsylvania’s rural hospitals.

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PA Hospitals Add 100 Jobs During February

March 28, 2017

Hospital employment in Pennsylvania increased by 100 jobs from January 2017 to February 2017, for total direct employment of 273,100. This is 6,100 more hospital jobs than one year ago, during February 2016, when the total number was 267,000. These jobs figures are not seasonally adjusted.

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NAM Report: Policy Priorities for Better Health with Lower Per-Capita Spending

March 27, 2017

The National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) Vital Directions for Health and Health Care Initiative  released its final report outlining top policy priorities for improving Americans’ health while reducing what we spend per-capita on health care. The report summarizes 19 papers and a national symposium that examined the issue over the past 18 months.

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HAP SAYS DELAYED VOTE ON AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT SIGNALS IMPORTANCE OF PROCEEDING WITH CAUTION

March 24, 2017

News Release:  A statement issued today by Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, about the U.S. House's action surrounding the American Health Care Act gives hope that lawmakers will step back and take a more thoughtful and balanced look at modifications to the Affordable Care Act.

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Infant Mortality Rates Declining Nationally and in Pennsylvania

March 23, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released data about infant mortality for the United States during 2005–2014. For 2014, the infant mortality rate for the United States hit new lows for Hispanic, Caucasian, African-American, and Asian or Pacific Islander populations. In addition, Pennsylvania’s infant mortality rate declined, dropping from 7.49 during 2005–2007, to 6.53 during 2012–2014.

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PA Senate and House Introduce Bills to Allow CNPs Full Practice Authority

March 22, 2017

Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) and Representative Jesse Topper (R-Bedford) have picked up the effort to allow certified nurse practitioners (CNP) to practice to their level of education and training.

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HAP EMPHASIZES CRUCIAL CONCERNS WITH AHCA, URGES DELEGATION TO VOTE NO

March 22, 2017

News Release: In a letter to the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation, Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), highlighted the profound implications of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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