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U.S. Senate Confirms Tom Price as U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary

February 10, 2017

By a vote of 52 to 47, the U.S. Senate confirmed U.S. Congressman Tom Price, a former orthopaedic surgeon, to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As Secretary, Dr. Price will exercise significant influence over the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), both through regulatory policy, and working with Congress to repeal and replace the law.

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Department of Human Services Receives Technical Assistance Grant for Early Childhood Mental Health

February 10, 2017

The Department of Human Services secured a three-year technical assistance grant to promote mental health and school readiness. Pennsylvania is one of 12 states, tribal communities, and United States territories awarded the Intensive Technical Assistance grant through the Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC).

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National Report Shares Strategies to Improve Patients’ Experience, including Examples from PA Hospitals

February 09, 2017

Health care is at a crossroads and patients are playing an unprecedented role in shaping the future of our nation’s health care system. According to a new report by Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock, Inc., hospitals and health systems are responding by giving deeper thought to how to improve the experience they provide to their patients.

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Pennsylvania Hospital Employment Reaches All-Time High

February 08, 2017

Pennsylvania hospital employment increased by 600 jobs from November 2016 to December 2016, for total direct employment of 274,900. This is 3,100 more hospital jobs than one year ago, December 2015, when the total number was 271,800.

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Pennsylvania House Insurance Committee Hearing on Drug Price Transparency

February 08, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania House Insurance Committee held a hearing on drug price transparency. Central to the hearing was House Bill 161, introduced by Representative Anthony DeLuca (D-Allegheny), which creates the Pharmaceutical Cost Transparency Act. Specifically, the bill would require drug companies to disclose the costs and profits of their drugs, including the cost of research and development, marketing, and advertising associated with the drug.

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Governor Wolf Introduces 2017-2018 State Budget, Maintains Payments for Hospitals

February 07, 2017

Earlier today, Governor Wolf introduced his proposed state spending plan for the 2017–2018 fiscal year. Generally, it maintains 2016–2017 funding levels for hospital payments, including the Medical Assistance Supplemental payments for critical access hospitals, obstetrics/neonatal payments, hospital burn centers, and trauma centers.

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PA Attorney General Joins 15 Other Attorneys General in Amicus Brief Regarding Executive Order on Immigration; Brief Cites Impact on Medical Institutions

February 07, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro joined with 15 other Democratic attorney generals in an amicus brief supporting Washington state’s lawsuit against President Trump’s executive order on immigration. The amicus brief calls for upholding the federal court decision to temporarily restrain the order and to deny the federal government’s emergency motion for a stay.

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PA House Votes to Send Stroke Center Update Legislation to Senate

February 07, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted unanimously to send House Bill 23 to the Senate. Sponsored by State Representative Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh), HB 23 makes changes to the state’s stroke center law.

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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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