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GOVERNOR’S 2017–2018 BUDGET PROPOSAL MAINTAINS HOSPITAL PAYMENTS TO SUPPORT A STRONG, HEALTHY COMMONWEALTH

February 07, 2017

News Release:  The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) today issued the following statement from President and CEO Andy Carter in response to Governor Tom Wolf’s 2017–2018 state budget proposal.

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Pennsylvania Hospitals Recognized for Volunteer Excellence

February 06, 2017

The 2017 American Hospital Association Awards for Volunteer Excellence recognizes two Pennsylvania hospitals. The Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE) program was established by the AHA Board of Trustees to showcase outstanding volunteer programs.

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CMS Releases Final 2017 Open Enrollment Data; More Than 426,000 Pennsylvanians Enrolled in the Marketplace

February 06, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the health insurance marketplace enrollment data for the 2017 open enrollment period that ended January 31.

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PA Hospitals Contribute to Record Number of Organ Donations in 2016

February 03, 2017

Organ transplants performed in the United States in 2016 reached a new record high for the fourth consecutive year, according to preliminary data from United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). UNOS found that hospitals across the nation performed more than 33,600 organ transplants in 2016, 8.5 percent more than in 2015, and nearly a 20 percent more than in 2012.

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HAP to Play Key Role in New Effort to bring Medical Liability Reform to the Commonwealth

February 03, 2017

In response to longstanding concerns about Pennsylvania’s legal climate, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) has joined with the state’s leading business and medical voices to form the Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform (PCCJR). 

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340B Omnibus Guidance Withdrawn

February 02, 2017

On January 30, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) withdrew its 340B Program Omnibus Guidance, commonly referred to as the "340B Mega-Guidance."

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Attention Placed on the Stability of Health Insurance Markets

February 02, 2017

As federal lawmakers received input from stakeholders on steps that can be taken to stabilize the public Health Insurance Marketplaces for 2017 during two Congressional hearings, the Trump Administration issued proposed policy to promote market stabilization. 

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PA Senate Intends to Reintroduce Telemedicine Legislation

February 02, 2017

This week, Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver) circulated his copsonsorship memo and intends to reintroduce his legislation on telemedicine from last session.

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Commonwealth Fund Survey Findings Show ACA Has Improved the Ability of Individuals to Buy Health Insurance

February 01, 2017

The Commonwealth Fund 2016 survey results reflect that “the health insurance market has been working better for consumers buying coverage on their own, especially those with health problems since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect.”

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New Administration Seeks Regulatory Relief

February 01, 2017

An executive order issued by President Trump—Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs—seeks to reduce the impact and cost of regulations through a “one-in, two-out” regulatory approach.

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Quality Up, Mortality and Readmission Rates Down for Heart Surgery Patients in PA

January 31, 2017

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) today said that a new report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) shows improvements in the safety and quality of heart surgeries performed by Pennsylvania physicians in Pennsylvania hospitals.

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Governor Proposes Consolidating State Agencies, Citing Improved Delivery of Health and Welfare Services

January 30, 2017

Governor Tom Wolf announced a plan to consolidate four state agencies—Aging, Health, Human Services, and Drug and Alcohol Programs—under a proposed state Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that would oversee the state’s health and welfare programs.

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FTC Acting Chair Advocates for Health Care Policies––Emphasizes Importance of Telehealth

January 27, 2017

The new acting chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Maureen Ohlhausen, has laid out her positions about several health care policies to improve the health care delivery system.

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National Governors Association Urges Congress to Keep Patients at the Forefront During ACA Debate

January 26, 2017

Bipartisan leaders of the National Governors Association have weighed in with Congressional leaders about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid reform specifically.

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New Report Looks at Premature Mortality in U.S.; Public Health Successes and Challenges

January 26, 2017

The National Institutes for Health (NIH) released new research that suggests that public health efforts to reduce tobacco use and improved diagnoses and treatment for certain diseases is having a positive impact.

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