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Bill to Prevent Organ Donation Discrimination Advances in PA Senate

March 29, 2017

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee considered Senate Bill 108, which aims to prohibit discrimination against disabled individuals in need of organ transplants. 

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HAP URGES STABLE MEDICARE PAYMENTS FOR RURAL PA HOSPITALS

March 29, 2017

News Release:  The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) President and CEO Andy Carter issued a statement about the importance of stable, predictable Medicare payments to help address the unique financial challenges faced by Pennsylvania’s rural hospitals.

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PA Hospitals Add 100 Jobs During February

March 28, 2017

Hospital employment in Pennsylvania increased by 100 jobs from January 2017 to February 2017, for total direct employment of 273,100. This is 6,100 more hospital jobs than one year ago, during February 2016, when the total number was 267,000. These jobs figures are not seasonally adjusted.

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NAM Report: Policy Priorities for Better Health with Lower Per-Capita Spending

March 27, 2017

The National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) Vital Directions for Health and Health Care Initiative  released its final report outlining top policy priorities for improving Americans’ health while reducing what we spend per-capita on health care. The report summarizes 19 papers and a national symposium that examined the issue over the past 18 months.

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HAP SAYS DELAYED VOTE ON AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT SIGNALS IMPORTANCE OF PROCEEDING WITH CAUTION

March 24, 2017

News Release:  A statement issued today by Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, about the U.S. House's action surrounding the American Health Care Act gives hope that lawmakers will step back and take a more thoughtful and balanced look at modifications to the Affordable Care Act.

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Infant Mortality Rates Declining Nationally and in Pennsylvania

March 23, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released data about infant mortality for the United States during 2005–2014. For 2014, the infant mortality rate for the United States hit new lows for Hispanic, Caucasian, African-American, and Asian or Pacific Islander populations. In addition, Pennsylvania’s infant mortality rate declined, dropping from 7.49 during 2005–2007, to 6.53 during 2012–2014.

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PA Senate and House Introduce Bills to Allow CNPs Full Practice Authority

March 22, 2017

Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) and Representative Jesse Topper (R-Bedford) have picked up the effort to allow certified nurse practitioners (CNP) to practice to their level of education and training.

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HAP EMPHASIZES CRUCIAL CONCERNS WITH AHCA, URGES DELEGATION TO VOTE NO

March 22, 2017

News Release: In a letter to the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation, Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), highlighted the profound implications of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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2017 PA Donate Life Hospital Challenge Kicked Off In Harrisburg

March 21, 2017

Joint News Release: The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), the Gift of Life Donor Program, and hospitals and health systems across the state, kicked off and celebrated a collaborative organ donation awareness effort.

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CMS Delays New Bundled Payments, Again

March 21, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted notice of its intent to further delay the implementation of new cardiac bundled payment models and the expansion of the existing joint replacement bundle until May 20, 2017. This delay comes after an initial postponement from January 21 to March 21, 2017, as a result of the 60-day regulatory freeze by the Trump Administration.

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AAMC Annual Report: Projected Shortfall of Physicians Continues to Grow

March 20, 2017

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently released an updated report that projects that, for the third consecutive year, physician demand will continue to grow faster than the U.S. supply of physicians.

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Pennsylvania’s Top RN Programs

March 17, 2017

RegisteredNursing.org has ranked Pennsylvania’s top 30 nursing schools based on the percentage of graduates who pass the exam for registered nurses (RN). Programs reviewed include schools that offer a Diploma in Nursing, an Associate Degree in Nursing, a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN), or Direct-Entry Masters in Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree.

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Pennsylvania Saw More Than 425,000 Marketplace Selections in 2017 Open Enrollment; More Than 116,000 Were New Consumers

March 17, 2017

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its full report for the 2017 open enrollment period in addition to public use files. Of the more than 425,000 Pennsylvania Marketplace selections, twenty-seven percent, more than 116,000 Pennsylvanians, were new consumers.

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Trump Proposes First Budget Plan; Mixed Hospital Impact

March 16, 2017

The Trump Administration sent Congress a $1.1 trillion fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget blueprint— “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again.” This document is an overview of the President’s budget priorities for FY 2018.

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Legislation to Partially Repeal and Replace the ACA Clears Final U.S. House Committee; Floor Vote Possible Next Week

March 16, 2017

The American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), cleared the U.S. House Budget Committee by a narrow vote of 19 to 17. The legislation could be considered on the U.S. House Floor as early as next week.

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