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PA Drug Overdose Deaths Up 37% during 2016. On Average, 13 Died Daily.

July 27, 2017

Released today, a new report from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Philadelphia Division, and the University of Pittsburgh shows that Pennsylvania’s epidemic of opioid and other drug-related overdose deaths continued unabated during 2016.

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Debate Continues in U.S. Senate on ACA Repeal Legislation

July 26, 2017

After clearing a procedural motion yesterday to begin consideration of legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Senate has been working through 20 hours of debate. When the debate time has elapsed, the chamber will vet amendments through “vote-a-rama.”

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HAP Announces 2017 Achievement Award Winners

July 26, 2017

News Release:  The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) today recognized the winners of its respected Achievement Awards program. Winners were chosen for Community Champions, Optimal Operations, In Safe Hands, and Excellence in Care. The “Living the Vision Award” recognized one hospital that demonstrated accomplishments in all dimensions of the Triple Aim of improving population health and the patient experience, while reducing health care costs.

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U.S. Senate Proceeds to Consideration of Repeal Legislation

July 25, 2017

The U.S. Senate passed a procedural motion that will allow the chamber to begin consideration of legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Motion to Proceed passed by a vote of 51 to 50 with Vice President Mike Pence casting the deciding vote. 

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HAP President and CEO: Lawmakers Should Start Fresh on Health Care Bill

July 25, 2017

News Release:  The U.S. Senate today voted in favor of a motion to proceed to consideration of legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released a statement​.

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New ANA Recommendations for How Nurses Can Help Optimize Antibiotic Use

July 24, 2017

The American Nurses Association (ANA) recently released a white paper outlining the importance of good antibiotic stewardship and the important role nurses can play in optimizing the use of antibiotics in hospital settings.

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State Insurance Commissioner: Pennsylvania’s Individual Health Care Insurance Market is Stabilizing

July 21, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller released today the insurer rate filings for health care insurance policy premiums for the 2018 individual marketplace, with an average rate increase of 8.8 percent for individual plans, and 6.7 percent for small group plans. Although the state's individual market is stabilizing, she also stressed that the current uncertainty surrounding national health care law threatens to upset that stability.

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Pennsylvania Recognized for Top-Performing Rural Critical Access Hospitals

July 21, 2017

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recognized Pennsylvania’s rural Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) this week for achieving the highest quality reporting rates and improved performance during the past year. Pennsylvania is among ten top-performing states that were recognized under HRSA’s Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project. HAP commends the state’s CAHs for their achievement in earning HRSA’s recognition.

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New CBO Analysis on Repeal Legislation: Higher Premiums and 32 Million More Uninsured by 2026

July 20, 2017

A newly released analysis about the direct spending and revenue effects of the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017 (ORRA), would significantly increase the number of uninsured Americans. In addition, average premiums for individual health insurance policies would increase as much as 25 percent during the first year. Republican members of the U.S. Senate are vowing to push for a vote as early as next week for repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.

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Clarion University Offers First-of-its-Kind Opioid Treatment Specialist Certificate

July 19, 2017

Clarion's University College of Health and Human Services recently announced a new, online certificate program aimed at training professionals who interact with individuals addicted to opioids or related drugs. This first-of-its kind training program will provide prevention and treatment education about opioid abuse and addiction. Clarion University created this new curriculum in response to the growing number of individuals in Pennsylvania and across the nation affected by the opioid epidemic.

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U.S. House Asserts Oversight of the 340B Drug Pricing Program

July 18, 2017

In a Congressional hearing today—Examining HRSA’s Oversight of the 340B Drug Pricing Program—members of the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee discussed the intent of the 340B Drug Pricing Program, oversight by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and potential areas for legislative action by Congress.

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Vote on Better Care Reconciliation Act Stalled; Senate Leadership Rethinking ACA Repeal Strategy

July 18, 2017

With four Republican U.S. Senators indicating they could not support the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), there were insufficient votes needed to act on beginning debate on the legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Following that announcement, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement indicating his goal to seek a vote on repealing the ACA with a two-year transition period in which Congress would work to replace the ACA.

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HAP Member Hospitals Recognized for Leveraging Health Information Technology

July 17, 2017

The 19th annual Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems survey conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks recognizes more than 450 hospitals and health systems across the nation for successfully integrating information technology (IT) into their operations. HAP applauds the achievements of these hospitals and continues to support of the adoption of standards-based electronic health records and health information exchange. 

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CMS Projects Insurance Exchange Carriers in Every PA County, PA Insurance Market Shows Signs of Stability

July 14, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released an updated map of projected health insurance exchange issuers by county. CMS projects that Pennsylvania will have at least one health insurance exchange carrier in every county with most counties having two or more.

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HAP Urges U.S. Senate to Reconsider Updated Health Care Plan

July 13, 2017

The U.S. Senate today released an updated version of legislation, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, that would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and make significant changes to the financing of Medicaid.

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