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UnitedHealthcare Survey Sheds Light on Health Care Consumerism

October 20, 2017

Results from UnitedHealthcare’s 2017 Consumer Sentiment Survey reflect the growth in consumer-driven health care. High-deductible health plans and more out-of-pocket expenses have led to a change in consumer behavior, with more people comparison shopping for high quality, low-cost care.

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Bipartisan Market Stability Proposal Builds Support, But Action Remains Uncertain

October 19, 2017

A bipartisan proposal intended to stabilize the individual health insurance market continues to gain support in the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to withhold funding for cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments that lower out-of-pocket insurance expenses for low-income Americans. Despite this momentum, significant political hurdles remain for the proposal put forth by U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA).

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U.S. Senate Spotlights Wellness Programs to Improve Health and Reduce Costs

October 19, 2017

In a hearing today, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee explored the impact of behavioral factors in achieving good health outcomes and reducing health care spending and costs. 

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Infection Prevention Week Focuses on Antibiotic Resistance

October 19, 2017

This week HAP, Pennsylvania hospitals, and the health care community worldwide are observing International Infection Prevention Week, October 15–21, 2017. This year’s theme is antibiotic resistance.

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News Release: HAP Welcomes Kate Routledge as Senior Director, Compliance Support

October 18, 2017

News Release:  Effective October 10, Kate M. Routledge has been appointed as senior director, compliance support, at The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP).

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Survey Shows Communication Gaps Between Health Plans and Members

October 18, 2017

A recent survey from HealthMine Health Intelligence Solution identifies important communication gaps between health plans and plan members.

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Four PA Health Care Organizations Awarded $1M Grants for Medication-Assisted Addiction Treatment

October 17, 2017

The Wolf Administration today awarded $1 million grants to assist four health care organizations in developing medication-assisted treatment programs for Pennsylvanians suffering from the disease of addiction. 

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PA Senate Committee Approves Bed Registry Legislation

October 17, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously voted Senate Bill 179 out of committee.  Sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), the legislation instructs the Department of Health to create a statewide psychiatric inpatient bed registry to identify available beds in real time across the commonwealth.

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State Releases Individual and Small Group Insurance Rates; Individual Rate Increases Reflect Federal Elimination of CSR Payments

October 16, 2017

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has released the final 2018 rates for individual and small group health insurance products that comply with the reforms of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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HAP Celebrates Healthcare Quality Week

October 16, 2017

Healthcare Quality Week, sponsored by the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ), is celebrated October 15–21, 2017. This event recognizes clinical and non-clinical quality professionals who contribute to excellence in health care quality. 

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Cancellation of Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments Raises Concern for Premium Increases, Destabilization of Insurance Markets

October 13, 2017

The announcement that the Trump Administration will not fulfil cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—designed to help reduce health care costs for lower-income Americans—raises serious concern for the stability of the health insurance marketplaces and significant premium increases.

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News Release: Pa. Hospital Community Troubled by Cancellation of Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments

October 13, 2017

News Release:  Yesterday, the Trump Administration announced that it would not fulfil cost-sharing reduction payments, a provision of the Affordable Care Act designed to help reduce health care costs for lower-income Americans. Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement.

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Administration Pursues Insurance Market Policy Changes through Executive Order

October 12, 2017

An executive order issued today by President Donald Trump seeks to promote health insurance options that do not have to adhere to all of the requirements and protections under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Under the executive order—Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States, the Secretaries of the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health & Human Services (HHS) are directed to review existing policies and put forth proposed regulations or revised guidance that will expand the availability and use of those insurance mechanisms.

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Congressional Committee Hears How Hospitals Use 340B Drug Pricing Program

October 11, 2017

In a hearing before the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, health care providers testified to how the 340B Drug Pricing Program helps them expand and improve access to care.

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National Data Demonstrates Hospital Community Benefits Exceed Value of Federal Tax Exemption

October 11, 2017

According to a new analysis prepared by Ernst & Young, hospitals’ and health systems’ community benefit activities outweigh the value of their federal tax exemption by a factor of 11 to one.

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