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HAP Members: Be Recognized—Submit for 2017 Achievement Awards by May 12

May 03, 2017

It’s no secret that Pennsylvania hospitals are continuously implementing forward-thinking initiatives in order to provide high quality, more affordable health care to patients. HAP’s Achievement Awards, now in its 39th year, provides an opportunity to spotlight that work for your team, organization, and community. 

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Online Tool Shows Quality, Satisfaction, and Wait Times for VA Centers

May 03, 2017

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched an online resource to help veterans make informed decisions when selecting where to seek care.

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HAP, PA Provider Associations Call for Protection of Medicaid as AHCA Vote Nears

May 02, 2017

In anticipation of this week’s possible vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), HAP and many other Pennsylvania provider associations today sent a letter urging the protection of Medicaid to the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation.

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Costello Bill Would Help Reduce Resident Physician Shortages

May 02, 2017

News Release:  The Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) is praising the introduction of federal legislation that will help hospitals deal with critical shortages of resident physicians.

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One in Four Non-elderly in Rural U.S. Covered Through Medicaid

May 01, 2017

Medicaid plays a central role in helping to fill gaps in private coverage in rural areas nationwide and here in Pennsylvania. According to a new research brief from Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly one in four (24%) non-elderly people in rural areas are covered through the Medicaid program.

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HAP Welcomes Daniel Smedley as Special Assistant to the President and CEO

May 01, 2017

News Release:  Effective April 24, Daniel Smedley has been appointed Special Assistant to Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP).

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Congress Passes Stopgap Spending Plan to Avoid Government Shutdown

April 28, 2017

Both houses of Congress approved a one-week stopgap spending measure today. This short-term continuing resolution easily cleared both the House and the Senate.

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CMS Releases New Data on Race, Ethnicity and Language for the 2017 Open Enrollment Period

April 27, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released health disparities data for the 2017 health insurance open enrollment period.

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ACA Opponents Near Possible Agreement on Repeal Proposal

April 26, 2017

Last night, legislative language for the latest repeal-and-replace proposal was released in an effort to revive the American Health Care Act. The proposal is the result of efforts by Congressmen Mark Meadows and Tom MacArthur to make changes to the proposed bill that would attract enough support to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Senate Votes Affirmatively to Advance Nurse Practitioner Legislation

April 26, 2017

The Pennsylvania Senate voted to send Senate Bill 25 to the House of Representatives, with 39 voting for the bill, and 10 voting against it. Senate Bill 25 allows certified nurse practitioners to practice to the full scope of their license without the need for physician supervision after they have worked under such supervision for three years and 3,600 hours.

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American Hospital Association and National Urban League Team Up to Advance Health Equity

April 26, 2017

The American Hospital Association and the National Urban League have announced an alliance to advance health equity and diversity in health care. This new alliance builds upon the momentum of the #123forEquity campaign.

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HAP Says Key Hospital Report Underscores Need for Access to Affordable Health Care in Pennsylvania

April 26, 2017

News Release:  The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) today made public its financial analysis report for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The PHC4 report highlights the complexities of Pennsylvania’s health care landscape. 

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Stroke Center Update Legislation Receives Senate Committee Vote

April 25, 2017

As noted by the Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, Senator Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne), May is Stroke Awareness Month, and today’s committee vote to update the stroke designation law is aptly timed. The committee unanimously voted House Bill 23 out of the Senate committee.

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Report Provides Recommendations for Strengthening Health Insurance Marketplace Websites

April 24, 2017

The National Partnership for Women & Families recently released a report evaluating federal and state-based marketplace websites for health insurance enrollment. The progress report is an analysis of how the exchanges are providing resources to enroll consumers in health insurance coverage.

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Challenges Remain Around ACA Subsidy Payments After Meeting with CMS Administrator

April 21, 2017

Senior representatives from major health insurers met with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ leadership earlier this week, seeking clarity for Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) subsidy funding for the cost sharing reduction program.

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