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Pennsylvania Hospital Employment Reaches All-Time High

February 08, 2017

Pennsylvania hospital employment increased by 600 jobs from November 2016 to December 2016, for total direct employment of 274,900. This is 3,100 more hospital jobs than one year ago, December 2015, when the total number was 271,800.

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Pennsylvania House Insurance Committee Hearing on Drug Price Transparency

February 08, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania House Insurance Committee held a hearing on drug price transparency. Central to the hearing was House Bill 161, introduced by Representative Anthony DeLuca (D-Allegheny), which creates the Pharmaceutical Cost Transparency Act. Specifically, the bill would require drug companies to disclose the costs and profits of their drugs, including the cost of research and development, marketing, and advertising associated with the drug.

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Governor Wolf Introduces 2017-2018 State Budget, Maintains Payments for Hospitals

February 07, 2017

Earlier today, Governor Wolf introduced his proposed state spending plan for the 2017–2018 fiscal year. Generally, it maintains 2016–2017 funding levels for hospital payments, including the Medical Assistance Supplemental payments for critical access hospitals, obstetrics/neonatal payments, hospital burn centers, and trauma centers.

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PA Attorney General Joins 15 Other Attorneys General in Amicus Brief Regarding Executive Order on Immigration; Brief Cites Impact on Medical Institutions

February 07, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro joined with 15 other Democratic attorney generals in an amicus brief supporting Washington state’s lawsuit against President Trump’s executive order on immigration. The amicus brief calls for upholding the federal court decision to temporarily restrain the order and to deny the federal government’s emergency motion for a stay.

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PA House Votes to Send Stroke Center Update Legislation to Senate

February 07, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted unanimously to send House Bill 23 to the Senate. Sponsored by State Representative Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh), HB 23 makes changes to the state’s stroke center law.

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GOVERNOR’S 2017–2018 BUDGET PROPOSAL MAINTAINS HOSPITAL PAYMENTS TO SUPPORT A STRONG, HEALTHY COMMONWEALTH

February 07, 2017

News Release:  The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) today issued the following statement from President and CEO Andy Carter in response to Governor Tom Wolf’s 2017–2018 state budget proposal.

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Pennsylvania Hospitals Recognized for Volunteer Excellence

February 06, 2017

The 2017 American Hospital Association Awards for Volunteer Excellence recognizes two Pennsylvania hospitals. The Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE) program was established by the AHA Board of Trustees to showcase outstanding volunteer programs.

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CMS Releases Final 2017 Open Enrollment Data; More Than 426,000 Pennsylvanians Enrolled in the Marketplace

February 06, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the health insurance marketplace enrollment data for the 2017 open enrollment period that ended January 31.

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PA Hospitals Contribute to Record Number of Organ Donations in 2016

February 03, 2017

Organ transplants performed in the United States in 2016 reached a new record high for the fourth consecutive year, according to preliminary data from United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). UNOS found that hospitals across the nation performed more than 33,600 organ transplants in 2016, 8.5 percent more than in 2015, and nearly a 20 percent more than in 2012.

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HAP to Play Key Role in New Effort to bring Medical Liability Reform to the Commonwealth

February 03, 2017

In response to longstanding concerns about Pennsylvania’s legal climate, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) has joined with the state’s leading business and medical voices to form the Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform (PCCJR). 

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340B Omnibus Guidance Withdrawn

February 02, 2017

On January 30, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) withdrew its 340B Program Omnibus Guidance, commonly referred to as the "340B Mega-Guidance."

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Attention Placed on the Stability of Health Insurance Markets

February 02, 2017

As federal lawmakers received input from stakeholders on steps that can be taken to stabilize the public Health Insurance Marketplaces for 2017 during two Congressional hearings, the Trump Administration issued proposed policy to promote market stabilization. 

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PA Senate Intends to Reintroduce Telemedicine Legislation

February 02, 2017

This week, Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver) circulated his copsonsorship memo and intends to reintroduce his legislation on telemedicine from last session.

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Commonwealth Fund Survey Findings Show ACA Has Improved the Ability of Individuals to Buy Health Insurance

February 01, 2017

The Commonwealth Fund 2016 survey results reflect that “the health insurance market has been working better for consumers buying coverage on their own, especially those with health problems since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect.”

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New Administration Seeks Regulatory Relief

February 01, 2017

An executive order issued by President Trump—Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs—seeks to reduce the impact and cost of regulations through a “one-in, two-out” regulatory approach.

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