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HAP Stresses Importance of Protecting Insurance Coverage During Auditor General and Treasurer Town Hall Meeting

April 07, 2017

HAP participated in a town hall meeting panel discussion hosted by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and Treasurer Joe Torsella. The row officers held the “Future of Health Care in a Trump Administration” to fill a void in public conversation about an issue that has significant implications for Pennsylvanians’ access to health care, as well as the state’s fiscal health.

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CMS to Test Clinical-Community Collaboration to Assist Patients, Align Services

April 06, 2017

In an effort to support local communities in addressing the health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will provide support to 32 organizations—including Pennsylvania’s Reading Hospital—working to bridge the gap between clinical and community services.

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House Appropriations Subcommittee Evaluates Response to Opioid Crisis; HAP to Hold Regional Workshops on the Issue

April 06, 2017

The U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies recently held a hearing to evaluate the federal response to the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic and learn how to coordinate federal funding to support effective efforts to help impacted families.

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House Committees Hold Joint Hearing on Consolidation of State Agencies

April 05, 2017

This morning, the House Health Committee, House Human Services Committee, and the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committees convened a joint hearing about Governor Wolf’s proposal to merge four departments, creating the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Survey Finds Small Physician Groups Need Help with MACRA Implementation

April 05, 2017

A new survey commissioned by Healthcare Informatics shows that, despite the slower pacing of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), many small physician groups are not fully prepared for its implementation during 2017.

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Cybersecurity in Health Care Topic for Federal Committee Hearing

April 05, 2017

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations recently held a hearing about cybersecurity in the health care sector and strengthening public-private partnerships. The American Hospital Association (AHA) urged Congress to provide law enforcement and other appropriate agencies with the resources to investigate cyber attacks and proactively prevent them.

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Rachel Moore Appointed Director, Media Relations for Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

April 04, 2017

News Release: Effective April 3, Rachel Moore began her role as director, media relations, at The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP).

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HAP Develops Video Version of Popular Health Literacy Program, Engage for Health

April 04, 2017

In an effort to expand consumer access to important health literacy information, HAP has developed a video version of its popular community education program, Engage for Health. The video program has appeared on the Pennsylvania Cable Network’s Sunday Fusion and is available on HAP’s YouTube channel.

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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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