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PA Legislature Picks Leadership Team for 2019–2020 Session

November 14, 2018

One week after the midterm elections, the Pennsylvania Legislature returned to Harrisburg to elect the four caucus’ leadership teams for the upcoming session.

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HAP Works to Increase Organ and Tissue Donations

November 13, 2018

This week, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 180 into law. The bill creates a framework for public education about organ and tissue donations; clarifies the methods for making anatomical donations; and updates the law to reflect the best clinical practices to support anatomical donations for transplantations.

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HAP Thanks State’s Veterans for Their Service

November 12, 2018

Pennsylvania is home to 820,000 Veterans, the fourth largest Veteran population in the nation. HAP thanks these men and women for their service and sacrifices to protect our freedom and way of life.

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Antibiotics Awareness Week Stresses Appropriate Use of Antibiotics

November 12, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention celebrates November 12–18 as U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week. This annual observance gives hospitals the opportunity to make the public aware of the importance of appropriate antibiotic use.

 

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Pennsylvanians Encouraged to Research Options, Shop for Health Care Coverage

November 09, 2018

During the first week of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) insurance marketplace, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services estimates that more than 371,000 individuals selected insurance plans via HealthCare.gov. Pennsylvanians have through December 15 to get covered and stay covered.

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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: UPMC Cole

November 09, 2018

UPMC Cole received HAP’s 2018 “Community Champions” Achievement Award for its successful creation of a regional health care collaborative with network partners focused on addressing the need for coordinated, patient-centered physical, behavioral health and drug and alcohol services for the at-risk population in our rural communities.

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Award-winning Tech Expert Highlights Value of Telemedicine

November 08, 2018

Across the nation, telemedicine (also known as telehealth, connected care, and virtual care) is helping patients gain access to physicians through connected devices, helping to address provider and appointment shortages, and provide convenient care at a lower cost. The platform does not represent a new type of care, but rather a different delivery method that is being embraced by highly regarded providers, businesses, insurers, and health care innovators.

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New Guide Lists Federal Resources for Addressing Substance Use Disorder in Rural Communities

November 08, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announced a new resource document that lists federal funding and partnership opportunities that can be used to help combat the opioid epidemic in rural communities.

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Midterm Elections: Governor Wolf and Senator Casey Reelected, Dozens of New Lawmakers Head to Harrisburg, Washington, D.C.

November 07, 2018

In a much-anticipated midterm election that featured high voter turnout, Pennsylvanians yesterday elected Governor Tom Wolf (D) to another four-year term with new Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman (D), and reelected U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D).

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New Guide Helps Patients to Avoid Unexpected Medical Bills

November 07, 2018

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has partnered with the Healthcare Financial Management Association and America's Health Insurance Plans to develop a new consumer guide to help patients ask the right questions to avoid paying more than expected for health care services.

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News Release: HAP Statement on 2018 Midterm Elections

November 07, 2018

News Release:  Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement after the 2018 midterm election results were finalized. 

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Analysis Finds Short-Term Health Insurance Plans May Cost Less by Offering Less Coverage

November 06, 2018

A new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis that explores why short-term health insurance plans may cost less than other plans found that savings are often achieved by limiting coverage for pre-existing conditions and by providing less comprehensive benefits.

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November is National Family Caregivers Month

November 05, 2018

More than 44 million Americans care for a family member, friend, or neighbor. Sponsored by the Caregiver Action Network, National Family Caregivers Month is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. The theme of this year’s celebration is Supercharge Your Caregiving!

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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: Titusville Area Hospital

November 05, 2018

Titusville Area Hospital received HAP’s 2018 “Excellence in Care” Achievement Award for implementing process changes that reduced its Emergency Department (ED) “door to doc” times by nearly one half, reduced the overall time patients spend in the ED, and increased patient satisfaction scores.

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News Release: SEPA Hospitals, Health Systems Honored at HAP’s Southeast Connect

November 05, 2018

News Release:  Five southeastern Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems were recognized Friday for their work to provide exceptional care to the region’s patients and families.

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