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HAP Welcomes Recommendations to Streamline Quality Measures

March 16, 2017

Today, the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) issued a report recommending improvements to quality measures used in federal programs. MAP’s focus on quality measurement centers on ensuring better health care for patients and reduced burdens for providers.

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CMS Releases Final Report on Health Insurance Marketplaces for 2017 Open Enrollment, Pennsylvania Saw More than 425,000 Plan Selections

March 15, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its full report for the 2017 open enrollment period. Approximately 12.2 million consumers selected or were automatically re-enrolled in a Marketplace plan during open enrollment.

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Patient Safety Week—Bringing Awareness to Consumers and Health Care Professionals

March 15, 2017

Patient Safety Awareness Week continues through Saturday, March 18. The week, organized by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), is the culmination of the United in Patient Safety campaign. The work aims to increase awareness about patient safety.

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CBO Estimates 24 Million More Uninsured by 2026 Under House Health Care Proposal; Pennsylvanians Would Be Hit Hard by Coverage Changes

March 13, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office score of the American Health Care Act  confirms concerns raised by HAP President and CEO Andy Carter, that it does not fulfill HAP's core principle that any replacement plan must ensure continuity of coverage and care.

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Pennsylvania Hospitals Add 1,300 jobs in January

March 13, 2017

Pennsylvania’s actual hospital employment increased by 1,300 jobs from December 2016 to January 2017, for total direct employment of 272,300. This is 4,900 more hospital jobs than one year ago, January 2016, when the total number was 267,400.

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Estimates on AHCA Impact Issued as Hospital Community Awaits CBO Scoring

March 10, 2017

As legislators, policymakers, and the hospital community await the scoring on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)—likely to be issued next week—a number of national policy organizations have issued estimates regarding the impact of the proposal, which would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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Number of Cases Decline, but Flu Remains Widespread in Pennsylvania

March 09, 2017

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s weekly influenza report, the number of flu cases in the state have declined for the third straight week. Despite the downward trend, flu activity remains widespread and is circulating in at least half the state.

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House and Senate Appropriations Committees Hear about Impact of ACA Repeal, Consolidation of State Human Services Agencies

March 08, 2017

On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee held its annual budget hearing with the Department of Human Services (DHS). Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee followed suit with a combined hearing for DHS, the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), and the Department of Aging. The House previously held individual hearings for the other three agencies.

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Seven National Hospital Organizations Write to Congress Opposing Draft Legislation Repealing and Replacing the ACA

March 08, 2017

A group of national organizations representing hospitals and health systems have written to members of the U.S. Congress expressing opposition to the House’s American Health Care Act, which would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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HAP Says New ACA Replacement Plan Will Not Provide Comparable Health Care

March 07, 2017

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) President and CEO Andy Carter issued a statement about the House Republicans’ American Health Care Act expressing concern about coverage for the most vulnerable.

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Pennsylvania Tightens Medication Rules to Help Combat Opioid Crisis

March 07, 2017

Yesterday, Governor Wolf announced increased regulatory oversight by Department of Human Services (DHS) to ensure appropriate utilization of medically assisted treatment (MAT) by Medicaid providers. 

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HAP Presents to House Health Committee About Hospital Quality and Population Health Initiatives

March 06, 2017

HAP quality and population health leaders spoke to the Pennsylvania House Health Committee about population health, health care quality, and patient safety initiatives. They highlighted HAP-specific work, which has received national attention.

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HAP Celebrates Significant Growth in Participation for its Donate Life Hospital Challenge

March 06, 2017

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) is again supporting the 2017 Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge. To date, 106 hospitals have registered to participate.

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Bid Protests Cause DHS to Delay HealthChoices Implementation

March 03, 2017

Today, the Department of Human Services announced a delay in the effective dates of the new managed care organization agreements for HealthChoices, Pennsylvania’s mandatory Medicaid managed care program.

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HAP’s Care in Pennsylvania Supports PA Hospitals’ Transparency Initiatives

March 02, 2017

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s Care in Pennsylvania, a health care consumer-friendly website, continues to be a useful Pennsylvania-specific resource for health care quality, price, and health care terminology information.

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