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HAP Statement on the U.S. Senate's Updated Health Care Plan

July 13, 2017

News Release: The U.S. Senate today released an updated version of its plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released a statement about the revised version of the proposed legislation.

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PA Rare Disease Advisory Council Established

July 13, 2017

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently signed Act 14, House Bill 239 that creates a Rare Disease Advisory Council to study the incidence and prevalence of rare diseases in the state. The council will work towards improving the lives of more than 1.2 million Pennsylvanians suffering from a rare disease.

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U.S. House Committee Reviews State Opioid Efforts and Ongoing Challenges

July 12, 2017

In a hearing today, Combating the Opioid Crisis: Battles in the States, Congressional leaders heard testimony from state officials offering insight on successful strategies to address the opioid epidemic and ongoing challenges in prevention and treatment.

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Studies Find Uninsured Grows, Insurance Market Stabilizes as PA Hospitals Urge Lawmakers to Protect Health Coverage

July 12, 2017

A recent Gallup poll shows that the percentage of adults in the country without health insurance grew slightly between the first and second quarters of 2017, while the latest Kaiser Family Foundation finds that the individual insurance market has continued to stabilize with insurers regaining profitability, after experiencing issues with financial performance in 2014 and 2015. HAP encourages members of Pennsylvania’s hospital community to speak out and email Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senators Pat Toomey and Robert Casey to urge the Senate to protect health coverage for all Pennsylvanians.

 

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Only About One in Three Americans Has Documented Their End-of-Life Wishes

July 11, 2017

A new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania about end-of-life care preferences and related documentation indicates that about 63 percent of Americans do not have their end-of-life care wishes in writing

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PA Hospitals Support House Bill on Telemedicine

July 10, 2017

Rep. Marguerite Quinn introduced a top priority for the hospital community, House Bill 1648, which defines the key components of telemedicine, sets licensing requirements, and requires health insurers to provide reimbursement for telemedicine services if they pay for the same service in person. Pennsylvania hospitals urge the legislature to continue to move this important piece of legislation through the process.

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Pennsylvania Will Undergo Severe Economic and Employment Challenges Under Senate’s Proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act

July 07, 2017

This week, The Commonwealth Fund released an economic and employment assessment of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) on the United States. According to the study, enactment of the BCRA would lead to nearly 110,000 jobs lost in Pennsylvania by 2026 and more than $19 billion lost in business output.

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Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Is Now Connected to 11 states and D.C.

July 06, 2017

Pennsylvania is now exchanging data on prescription pain medications through the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PA PDMP) with 11 other states and the District of Columbia. In addition to five states that share boarders with Pennsylvania (Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia) data is also being shared with Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Currently, there is no exchange with Delaware.

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Shift to Value-Based Payment Still Strong Under New Administration

July 05, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Center for Clinical Standards and Quality Director, Kate Goodrich, said that value-based payment programs are likely to continue under the new administration during an accountable care organization event in Virginia last week.

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Heroin Task Force Agenda Released, Nine Proposals around Prevention and Recovery

July 03, 2017

The Task Force highlighted nine proposals to address prevention and treatment of substance abuse. With an overdose death rate of 26 people per 100,000, Pennsylvania has a rate almost twice the national rate.

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PA Hospitals Kept Whole in Difficult State Budget

June 30, 2017

News Release:  Pennsylvania does not have a public hospital system, so it falls on the state’s network of hospitals to treat everyone. In return, the commonwealth has historically recognized this service and supported hospitals through supplemental funding for complex cases and underinsured individuals.

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CBO Releases Analysis of Longer-Term Effects of Senate Legislation on Medicaid Spending

June 30, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office  and Joint Committee on Taxation released an additional analysis on the longer-term effect of the proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA) on Medicaid spending, projecting that spending would be reduced by $160 billion during 2026, as compared to current law. 

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U.S. House Backs Comprehensive Medical Liability Reform

June 29, 2017

The U.S. House passed comprehensive medical liability reform legislation to improve access to quality, affordable health care and reduce the burden the liability system places on the health care delivery system.

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Hospitals Linking Sepsis Cases and Readmissions, Identifying Best Practices and Prevention Efforts

June 29, 2017

Hospitals in Pennsylvania have been working to adopt best practices to more effectively identify and treat sepsis. Because many sepsis survivors require readmission to the hospital, hospitals also are focusing on the links between sepsis and hospital readmissions.

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PA Providers to Senators Toomey and Casey: Reject the BCRA

June 28, 2017

News Release: Although U.S. Senate leaders have postponed a vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) until after the July 4 recess, Pennsylvania’s health care provider community continues its push to protect access to affordable, reliable health care coverage.

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