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News Release: Telemedicine Legislation Clears Key Committee Vote

January 30, 2018

News Release:  Legislation to put Pennsylvania on track to becoming a telemedicine-friendly state cleared an important vote today. Senate Bill 780, sponsored by State Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), gained unanimous approval from the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.

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Wolf Administration Gives Update about Opioid Disaster Declaration

January 29, 2018

State officials today provided an update about the state’s response to Governor Wolf’s heroin and opioid disaster declaration.

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New Medicare Card Campaign Launches; Information and Resources Now Available

January 29, 2018

CMS has launched a New Medicare Card campaign, designed to make beneficiaries, families, caregivers, and advocates aware of the process, and to help them protect against scams.

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News Release: HAPevolve Adds Regional Account Executive

January 29, 2018

News Release:  Effective January 16, Lori Mulholland has been appointed Regional Account Executive for HAPevolve, a for-profit subsidiary company of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP).

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Study Identifies Telemedicine Potential in EDs

January 26, 2018

A recently released study from the journal Telemedicine and e-Health identified the potential success of using telemedicine in rural hospitals.

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HAP Achievement Awards Winner Spotlight: Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center

January 25, 2018

Pennsylvania is home to some of the most cutting-edge hospitals in the country. This week we’re sharing two award-winning programs developed by Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center that improved patient care in the Oncology Intensive Care Unit and reduced hospital-acquired pneumonia.

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House Professional Licensure Committee Tackles Challenges of Nurse Collaborative Agreements

January 24, 2018

Today, the House Professional Licensure Committee held an informational meeting for legislators to learn more about the mechanics of collaborative agreements between certified nurse practitioners (CNP) and physicians. The meeting was prompted by legislative interest in HAP-supported Senate Bill 25 and House Bill 100 which would allow CNPs to care for patients without a collaborative agreement after 3,600 hours or three years working with a physician.

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Second U.S. Senate Hearing on Preparedness and Response Highlights Health Care Providers’ Perspectives

January 23, 2018

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D, PA) served as the Ranking Member overseeing the second in a series of hearings by the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee that will lay the foundation for the reauthorization of the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA).

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House Republicans Continue Push for Opioid Reduction in Workers' Compensation System

January 23, 2018

After an informational hearing by the House Labor and Industry Committee yesterday, legislation reforming how drugs are prescribed within Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation system, Senate Bill 936 (White, R-Indiana), was voted out of committee.

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CHIP Funded in Deal to Reopen the Government; Outstanding Priorities Remain Unresolved

January 22, 2018

Congress has included a six-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as part of a legislative package that reopens the government after a two-and-a-half day federal government shutdown, and sets February 8 as the next deadline for Congressional action.

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News Release: Federal Government Shuts Down, PA Health Care Community Faces Uncertainty

January 20, 2018

News Release: Congress yesterday failed to pass legislation to keep the federal government funded and address important health care policy priorities. In the wake of a federal government shutdown, the future of many essential health care programs remains unknown. In response, Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released a statement.

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HAP Achievement Award Winner Spotlight: Lankenau Medical Center

January 19, 2018

Pennsylvania is home to some of the most cutting-edge hospitals in the country. This week, we’re sharing the award-winning program developed by Lankenau Medical Center that improved access to food and nutrition services for members of its community.

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27 Providers to PA Congressional Delegation: Act Now on Essential Policy Matters

January 18, 2018

Members of Congress face a January 19 deadline to provide full or partial funding for the federal government. As negotiations continue, a number of outstanding issues important to Pennsylvania’s health care community remain unfinished. Yesterday, health care providers serving Pennsylvania patients and families presented a unified voice that Congress should immediately act “on a series of health care policy matters that are essential to maintaining access to health insurance coverage and care for Pennsylvania families.”

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U.S. Senate Hearing on Preparedness and Response; U.S. Senator Casey Spearheads Pandemic and All Hazards Reauthorization

January 18, 2018

During the first of a two-part series of hearings, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee reviewed the nation’s preparedness and response capabilities to address public health threats, and laid the foundation as Congress pursues the second reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA).

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PA Lawmakers Propose State Regulatory Relief Package

January 17, 2018

Earlier this week, a group of state House Republican lawmakers announced a five-bill package aimed at reducing regulatory restrictions placed on all industries operating in Pennsylvania. Lawmakers said they hope to spur economic growth and job creation through reforming and streamlining the regulatory process and reviewing outdated regulations.

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