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How Houston’s LBJ Hospital Served its Patients and Community During Hurricane Harvey

May 23, 2019

Executive vice president and administrator, Alan Vierling led Harris Health System’s Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital through Hurricane Harvey. Vierling shared key takeaways and lessons learned during HAP’s Leadership Summit.

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Hospitals, Health Systems are Key to Addressing Racial Inequality

May 23, 2019

According to Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, PhD, University of Virginia professor of law and public health sciences, Pennsylvania’s hospitals and health systems can be the key to solving the crisis of racial inequality by understanding its health and social impacts.

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Axios’ Mike Allen Tells Hospital Leaders, We’re All Digital Marketers Now

May 23, 2019

During HAP’s 2019 Leadership Summit, Axios Co-founder and Executive Editor Mike Allen described how he and colleagues changed political journalism through the use of digital technology.

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HAP Member Hospitals Recognized for Being Top Places to Work in Health Care

May 23, 2019

Several Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems have been recognized as  top places to work.

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Experts Share Insights, Best Practices in Addressing Social Determinants of Health

May 22, 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. HAP’s 2019 Leadership Summit kicked off today in Harrisburg with a special preconference focused on this important topic.

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Health Care Stakeholders and Payors Weigh in on Future of Value-based Payment

May 21, 2019

A recently released survey indicates nearly two-thirds of responding health care stakeholders and payors believe the transformation to value-based payment is likely another three to five years away.

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State’s Independent Fiscal Office Reports PA Revenues are $866 Million Ahead of Estimates

May 20, 2019

Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office's (IFO)  May 2019 Initial Revenue Estimate shows greater than expected increases in revenues. 

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Study on Emergency Departments and Behavioral Health Clears First Hurdle; PA Hospital Community Encouraged to Show Support

May 17, 2019

This week, the House Health Committee considered HAP-supported House Resolution 268 to study the impact of the Commonwealth’s mental and behavioral health treatment capacity. Members of Pennsylvania’s hospital community are encouraged to sign a petition urging lawmakers to support the resolution.

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Listening Session Underscores Need for Legislative Action to Protect Pennsylvania’s Health Care Workers

May 16, 2019

Local lawmakers recently had an opportunity to hear firsthand from hospital staff and leadership at Lankenau Medical Center, a part of Main Line Health, about ways they can improve workplace safety for health care staff throughout the commonwealth, including passage of Senate Bill 351 and House Bill 36.

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Joint News Release: Lankenau Medical Center Listening Session Underscores Need for Legislative Action to Protect Health Care Workers

May 16, 2019

Local lawmakers recently had an opportunity to hear firsthand from hospital staff and leadership at Lankenau Medical Center, a part of Main Line Health, about ways they can improve workplace safety for health care staff throughout the commonwealth.

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HAP and Stakeholders Advocate to Preserve Critical Health Care Funding

May 15, 2019

HAP and other stakeholders have submitted a joint letter to the Pennsylvania General Assembly requesting that funding to critical public health initiatives, investments in health research, and safety nets for high need patients continue under the 2019–2020 state budget.

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News Release: New Report Details Increasing Financial Instability of Pennsylvania Hospitals

May 14, 2019

A new report demonstrates the need for continued state support for financially fragile hospitals in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council’s (PHC4) fiscal year (FY) 2018 financial analysis reveals that average operating margins are decreasing, despite a small increase in overall revenue.

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Study Finds Telemedicine Visits Generate Cost Savings

May 13, 2019

According to a study by Thomas Jefferson University, published in this month’s The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, patients using the health system’s telemedicine platform generated cost savings by diverting patients from more expensive care settings.

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Week in Washington Included Movement on Drug Pricing, Protecting the ACA, Surprise Balance Bills

May 10, 2019

Health care coverage and associated costs took center stage in Washington, D.C. this week, with the U.S. Congress and Trump Administration working to advance policies to address drug prices, health care bills, and access to health coverage.  

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HAP Launches Grassroots Campaign to Protect Health Care in Pennsylvania

May 09, 2019

Today, HAP launched an urgent grassroots advocacy campaign to protect the use of monies from the Pennsylvania Tobacco Settlement Fund to be used solely for supporting health care needs.

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