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Future of ACA in Focus as Administration Challenges Law and U.S. House Democrats Reaffirm Support

March 26, 2019

As the U.S. Department of Justice called for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a Texas District Court decision invalidating the Affordable Care Act (ACA), U.S. House Democrats are pursuing a legislative strategy to reinforce patient protections under the ACA and protect the ACA insurance markets from actions by the Trump Administration to undermine the law.

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PA House Continues Work on Workforce Development, Advancing Several Bills

March 26, 2019

As a part of the bipartisan state initiative to ensure the professional stability and economic success of every Pennsylvanian, House Republican leaders have recently passed several workforce development bills.

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HAP Statement: HAP Takes Action to Protect Patients’ Access to Care

March 25, 2019

On behalf of Pennsylvania patients and the hospitals they count on for care, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) today filed a motion in the Middle District Federal Court to intervene in a lawsuit resulting from the significant policy consequences of recent actions by the Pennsylvania Attorney General.

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PA Hospitals Outperformed National Rates on Lowering Health care-associated Infections

March 22, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a report showing that the U.S. has made significant reductions in several types of health care-associated infections and highlights areas where more improvements are needed.

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Report Says Gap in Professional Skills a Key Problem as Health Care Industry Strives to Fill Jobs

March 21, 2019

The job search website Indeed recently published a report identifying a gap in professional skills as the reason the health care industry is not able to fill jobs.

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U.S. HHS Leader Azar Pledges Historic Regulatory Reforms During 2019

March 20, 2019

Federal Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar addressed health care attorneys this week about the role that regulatory reform plays in better health care at a lower cost.

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Research Reveals that the Number of Youth Visiting EDs for Psychiatric Problems is Rising

March 19, 2019

Research published in the journal, Pediatrics, reports that the number of young people ages 6 to 24 who visited emergency departments for psychiatric problems rose by 28 percent between 2011 and 2015.

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Prepare to Celebrate Patient Experience Week during April

March 19, 2019

Pennsylvania health care providers and consumers have the opportunity to celebrate Patient Experience Week April 22–26, 2019. This annual event provides a focused time for organizations to celebrate accomplishments, re-energize efforts, and honor individuals who have impacted the patient experience in health care every day.

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News Release: HAP Adds Warren Kampf to Senior Leadership Team

March 18, 2019

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) is pleased to announce that, on April 1, Warren Kampf will join its senior leadership ...

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U.S. House Committee Exercises Oversight of “Skinny” Health Plans

March 15, 2019

The U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee initiated an oversight investigation into the practices of short-term, limited duration insurance health care plans and insurance brokers. 

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HAP Supports Changes to Ensure High-Quality Care for Trauma Patients

March 14, 2019

To preserve the high-quality care being provided at Pennsylvania’s trauma centers, Representative Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) and Representative Michael Schlossberg (D-Lehigh) introduced House Bill 786 this week.

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Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Funding Extension Reintroduced

March 14, 2019

A bipartisan, bicameral group of federal lawmakers today held a press conference to announce the introduction of the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act—legislation that would extend and expand the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic initiative.

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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Interventions to Prevent Perinatal Depression

March 13, 2019

Consistent with recognition of the importance of addressing and preventing perinatal depression, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine, released a final recommendation statement, which was published in a recent issue of Health Affairs.

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Report about Public Option Signals Problems; Threats to Patient Access to Care and Massive Hospital Funding Cuts

March 12, 2019

Two national hospital groups have released a new report that considers the implications of a policy proposal to make a public health insurance plan fully available on the health exchanges beginning in 2024. 

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Federal Budget Request Proposes Significant Health Program Cuts and Medicaid Policy Changes

March 11, 2019

President' Trumps fiscal year 2020 budget request supports ending HIV transmission and addressing drug pricing. His request also includes major policy proposals impacting Medicare and Medicaid in order to achieve savings.

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