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HAP Convenes Health Care Talent Task Force; Efforts Align with Governor’s Budget Priorities

February 07, 2019

HAP has convened a Health Care Talent Task Force to guide the development of strategies that will help attract and retain the health care talent pool needed to provide quality, patient-centered care for Pennsylvania communities. The goals of the workforce align with the Governor’s dedication to developing Pennsylvania’s workforce as expressed during his recent budget address.

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New AHA and HHS Roadmaps for Sustainable Rural Health Care Align with HAP Initiatives

February 06, 2019

The American Hospital Association (AHA) this week released a new report, “Challenges Facing Rural Communities and the Roadmap to Ensure Local Access to High-quality Affordable Care,” outlining the challenges that threaten rural hospitals’ ability to maintain access to health care services in their communities.  Also this week, in remarks at the National Rural Health Association’s meeting in Washington, D.C., Alex Azar II, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) unveiled three strategies for making rural health care affordable, accessible, and high quality.

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Governor Wolf’s Budget Proposal Protects Hospital Supplementals and Tobacco Funds and Spotlights Workforce Development

February 05, 2019

Governor Wolf introduced his proposed state spending plan for the 2019–2020 fiscal year. The budget maintains 2018–2019 funding levels for...

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HAP Statement: Governor’s Budget Plan Protects Key Hospital Funding Lines, Spotlights Workforce Development

February 05, 2019

Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement regarding Governor Tom Wolf's state budget address, which was delivered today.

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State Senate Passes Senate Judiciary Chair Baker’s Resolution Calling for Study on Venue Rule Change

February 05, 2019

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) secured Senate approval for her resolution to study the Supreme Court Civil Procedural Rules Committee’s proposed rule change to venue.

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Jim Redmond, HAP Senior Advocate and Strategist, Loses Battle to Cancer

February 04, 2019

Pennsylvania has lost a leading hospital and health care champion. James M. Redmond, former senior advocate and strategist for HAP, lost his battle with cancer this morning.

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AHA Court Filing Calls for Full Restoration of 340B Cuts

February 04, 2019

In a court-ordered brief filed late last week, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and others demanded that hospitals that received payment cuts of almost 30 percent for their 340B prescription drug claims be “made whole.” 

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HAP Achievement Award Spotlight: St. Luke’s Hospital – Quakertown Campus

February 01, 2019

St. Lukes Hospital - Quakertown Campus was awarded HAP’s Optimal Operations 2018 Achievement Award for its multidisciplinary approach to improving operating room procedure start times.

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Legislation Introduced to Remove Last Name on Health Care Worker Identification

January 31, 2019

Representative Pam Snyder reintroduced her legislation to remove the last name of a health care worker from the facility identification badge. HAP supports this effort to ensure hospital and health system employees are safer. 

 

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HAP’s Quality Initiative Helped PA Hospitals Decrease Hospital-acquired Conditions, Preventing Harm and Saving Money

January 31, 2019

From 2011 to 2016, the rate of hospital-acquired conditions fell by 11 percent for hospitals enrolled in HAP's Pennsylvania Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network.

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HAP Supports House Republican Leaders’ Efforts to Protect Access to Care, Fight Return of Venue Shopping

January 30, 2019

HAP joins House Republican leaders, physicians, and business and health care executives to address venue reform and access to care.

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HAPevolve partners with Benchworks to Provide Marketing and Technology Solutions for Hospitals

January 29, 2019

Benchworks, Inc., a leading provider of health care marketing and technology solutions, has joined HAPevolve as an industry partner.

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CDC Data Brief Studies Office-based Physician Visits; Highlights Chronic Conditions as Key Factor for Visits

January 28, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics recently issued a data brief identifying trends related to patient visits to physician offices.

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Ease, Convenience, and Choice Outrank Quality of Care, New Survey Reports

January 25, 2019

According to NRC Health’s 2019 Healthcare Consumer Trends Report, 51 percent of the 223,000 patients surveyed in 2018 selected convenience and access to care as the most important factors in their health care decision-making process.

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U.S. Uninsured Rate Rises to Highest Point in Four Years

January 24, 2019

According to findings from data collected as a part of the Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index, the percentage of U.S. adults without insurance is 13.7 percent, the highest level in more than four years.

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