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Pennsylvania’s Tobacco Settlement Money Remains at Risk; Act Now

June 11, 2019

As efforts to pass a state budget by the June 30 deadline heat up, some lawmakers still want to use money from the Pennsylvania Tobacco Settlement Fund to pay state debt payments. Email your lawmaker now, telling them that all Tobacco Settlement Money should continue to support health care.

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Opinion: In PA, health won out over big tobacco, but it could lose in this year’s budget.

June 11, 2019

In this opinion column, HAP President and CEO Andy Carter addresses the importance of preserving Tobacco Settlement Fund resources for health care.

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New Screening Tool Helps Determine Nonmedical Barriers to Health

June 10, 2019

Addressing critical social determinants—conditions in which people are born, learn, live, work, and play—is one of the first steps to eliminating disparities, improving health outcomes, and reducing costs. The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently released Screening for Social Needs: Guiding Care Teams to Engage Patients, a tool to help hospitals and health systems facilitate sensitive conversations with patients about their nonmedical needs that may be a barrier to good health. 

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Today Marks the Third Annual “Hospitals Against Violence” National Day of Awareness

June 07, 2019

Today is “Hospitals Against Violence” (HAV) #HAVhope Friday, a national day of awareness, which utilizes digital media to bring attention to all forms of violence.

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Latest PHC4 Report Suggests Stabilization of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Rates in PA

June 06, 2019

According to a new report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) could be plateauing in Pennsylvania, a sign that efforts to curb the opioid crisis may be helping.

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Key Committee Unanimously Approves HAP-supported Bill to Improve Health Care Worker Safety

June 05, 2019

Legislation to increase the penalty for assaulting a health care worker received unanimous approval from the state Senate Judiciary Committee today.

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PA House Considers Plan to Authorize State Takeover of Health Insurance Marketplace

June 05, 2019

Five years after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering a plan to allow the state to take over the health insurance marketplace.

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HAP Works with Southeast PA Members to Oppose NJ Legislation Restricting Referrals to PA, Other States

June 05, 2019

A New Jersey General Assembly bill which would raise obstacles to out-of-state referrals and hospital transfers of patients advanced out of a state Senate committee yesterday.

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Legislation to Bolster Rural Hospitals Clears Key Committee Vote

June 04, 2019

Today, legislation aimed at improving the financial stability of rural hospitals gained unanimous support from the state Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

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Pennsylvania House Adopts Resolution Authorizing Study of State’s Behavioral Health Needs

June 04, 2019

This week, the state House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution to help lawmakers better understand the behavioral health needs of Pennsylvania’s patients, beginning with the impact of behavioral health holds in emergency departments. 

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U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Hospital Position in Allina Case

June 03, 2019

In a ruling with significant procedural implications for the implementation of the Medicare Act, the U.S. Supreme Court today affirmed the importance of allowing an opportunity for stakeholders to comment on proposed rules through notice-and-comment rulemaking relative to the Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program, which provides resources for hospitals that serve a high volume of low-income patients.

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PA Hospitals Have Much to Celebrate During Community Health Improvement Week June 2-8

May 31, 2019

HAP joins the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Association for Community Health Improvement in celebrating Community Health Improvement Week, June 2-8, 2019. This national event recognizes the important role hospitals, health systems, and communities have in advancing health and well-being.

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Health Care Organizations Continue To Be Target Of Ransomware Attacks; HAPevolve Can Help

May 30, 2019

According to a research report from internet-of-things security company Armis, cyberattacks using ransomware continues to be a significant threat, with 40 percent of health care organizations worldwide experiencing at least one WannaCry ransomware attack during the last six months.

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HAP Holds Opioid Learning Action Network Webinar

May 29, 2019

HAP presented an informational overview of its newest care improvement initiative, the Opioid Learning Action Network (LAN). This initiative will support Pennsylvania hospitals in their efforts to address opioid use disorder (OUD) and reduce drug-related overdose deaths.

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Health Care Out-of-pocket Spending among Households with Employer Insurance Varies by State, with PA Families Doing Somewhat Better than Average

May 28, 2019

A recent report from The Commonwealth Fund examines, by state, how much families with employer-based insurance spent on premiums and out-of-pocket costs during 2016-2017. Many families spent thousands of dollars a year, but amounts varied widely among households and from state to state.

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