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New Report Shows Patient Struggle with Drug Costs; Aging Committee Discusses Options to Improve Affordability

March 08, 2019

A new poll details the extent to which Americans are struggling to afford prescription drug medications and the impact of rising drug costs on their care. The poll validates federal policymakers' interest in addressing the issue.

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Hospitals Remain a High-Value Target for Cyber-Criminals, HAPevolve Can Help

March 07, 2019

Hospitals are at high risk for cyber-threats. From security breaches to ransomware attacks, vulnerabilities are growing and solutions are needed.

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U.S. House Committee Considers Market Approaches to Lower Consumer Costs and Expand Access

March 06, 2019

The U.S. House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee reviewed a series of legislative proposals aimed at building on the successes of the current market-based approach to providing health care and improving efforts to expand access to coverage and lower consumer costs.

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News Release: Innovative Pilot Aims to Boost Rural Community Health

March 05, 2019

Members of the hospital community joined Wolf Administration leaders today to announce a new pilot program designed to improve rural community health and provide financial stability for rural hospitals.

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Celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week March 10–16

March 04, 2019

Patient Safety Awareness Week, from March 10 through March 16, 2019, is intended to encourage everyone—consumers as well as health care providers—to learn more about health care safety. 

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AHA Releases Report, Resources on Telehealth

March 01, 2019

The American Hospital Association (AHA) Center for Health Innovation released the second in a series of new market intelligence tools for hospital and health system leaders. Telehealth: A Path to Virtual Integrated Care is based on information and insights from interviews with hospital and health system leaders and other health care experts, surveys of hospital and health systems, and a number of health care reports and research articles.

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New Report Details Trends, Barriers for Pennsylvanians with Disabilities

February 28, 2019

According to a data analysis of U.S. Census data, conducted by the Pennsylvania State Data Center (PDSC), Pennsylvania has the nation’s fifth-largest population of persons with disabilities and the 16th highest population of persons with disabilities (tied with Michigan).

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News Release: HAP Names Samuel BowerCraft as New Vice President, Operations

February 28, 2019

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) is pleased to announce that, effective February 18, Samuel BowerCraft has been appointed vice president, operations.

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House Democrats Initiate Policy Conversation about ‘Medicare for All’; Funding for Plan is Not Defined

February 27, 2019

The concept of a single-payer health care system, in which government operates a tax-funded health insurance plan for all residents, has been a mainstay of political health care reform discussions for years. As Democrat Presidential hopefuls define their position relative to single-payer, progressive leaders of the Congressional Caucus advocating for “Medicare for All” introduced a sweeping overhaul of the our existing health care system. The plan would transition all Americans into a government-run, single-payer, universal Medicare program over two years, eliminating private insurance. This legislative proposal also calls for providing global budgets to all health care providers in order to contain costs. Global budgets prospectively set the amount of money that can be spent.

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PA Senate Introduces HAP-Supported Bill to Allow APRNs Full Practice Authority

February 27, 2019

Today, Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) re-introduced legislation that would give full practice authority to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). HAP supports the bill, Senate Bill 25, that would modernize the Professional Nursing Law to permit qualified APRNs to practice in their field of specialty independent of a physician after they fulfill a three-year, 3,600-hour collaboration agreement with a physician.

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PA House Committee Dives into DOH and DDAP Budget Requests

February 26, 2019

Appearing before the House Appropriations Committee, the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) faced questioning from members of the committee about the department’s budgetary requests for the 2019–2020 fiscal year.

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Workforce Stability, Work Requirements, and Minimum Wage Dominate Senate Appropriations Hearing

February 25, 2019

The Department of Labor and Industry, led by Secretary W. Gerard Oleksiak, testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee during this morning’s budget hearing.

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House Bill Would Address Problems with Health Professionals’ Credentialing Process

February 22, 2019

HAP is supporting legislation to improve Pennsylvania's credentialing process for health care practitioners. 

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HAP Letter to PA Supreme Court Committee Highlights Report Findings: Venue Reform Change Would Increase Physician Insurance Costs/Rates

February 21, 2019

HAP has sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Civil Procedural Rules Committee opposing a plan that would eliminate a critical venue reform established during 2002. 

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AHA Principles Set Framework for Surprise Billing Solution; Hospital Groups Offer Support to Federal Leaders

February 21, 2019

The American Hospital Association has developed a set of principles to serve as a guidepost for work with Congress and the Trump Administration to protect patients from surprise billing.

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