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Comment Letter to CMS
Outpatient Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule CY 2017 (Sep 2016)


Comment Letter to CMS
Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule CY 2017 (Sep 2016)


Comment Letter to CMS
Payment Policy for Critical Access Hospitals (Jun 2016)


Comment Letter to CMS
MIPS and APM Incentives Under the Physician Fee Schedule (Jun 2016)


Comment Letter to CMS
Inpatient PPS Proposed Rule for FFY 2017 (Jun 2016)


Comment Letter to CMS
On Request for Information on Concepts for Regional Multi-Payer Prospective Budgets (May 2016)


Comment Letter to CMS
Part B Drug Payment Model, Proposed Rule (May 2016)


Comment Letter to Congress
Site-Neutral Payment Policies (Feb 2016)


Comment Letter to CMS
On Establishment of Patient Safety Standards for QHPs (Dec 2015)


Comment Letter to CMS
Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Alternative Payment Models (APM) (Nov 2015)


Comment Letter to HRSA
On 340B drug pricing program (Oct 2015)


Comment Letter to CMS
On Medicare and Medicaid programs reform of LTC requirements proposed rule (Oct 2015)


Comment Letter to CMS
On Medicare and Medicaid programs reform of LTC requirements proposed rule (Oct 2015)


Comment Letter to CMS
On 2016 physician fee schedule proposed rule (Sep 2015)


Comment Letter to CMS
On 2016 comprehensive care for joint replacement payment model proposed rule (Sep 2015)


Comment Letter to CMS
On CY 2016 hospital OPPS proposed rule (Aug 2015)


Comment Letter to CMS
On FY 2016 IRF PPS proposed rule (Jun 2015)


Comment Letter to CMS
On FY 2016 IPF PPS proposed rule (Jun 2015)


Comment Letter to U.S. Senate Committee on Finance
On solutions to improve chronic conditions (Jun 2015)


Comment Letter
To CMS on FFY 2016 hospital IPPS proposed rule (Jun 2015)


Joint Hospital Association Letter
On 340B drug pricing program (Jun 2015)


HAP Letter
To PA delegation on Medicare rural hospital payments (Mar 2015)


Comment Letter
To U.S. House of Representatives in support of EMTALA bill (Feb 2015)


Comment Letter
To House Subcommittee on Hospital Improvements for Payment Act of 2014 Discussion Draft (Jan 2015)


HAP Letter
To Senators Casey and Toomey Letter on Senate Readmission Bill (Jun 2014)


Comment Letter
On NQF draft report on risk adjustment for socioeconomic or other sociodemographic factors (Apr 2014)


HAP Letter
To PA delegation on rural health care priorities (Mar 2014)


HAP Letter
To PA Congressional delegation on 60 Percent Rule (Feb 2014)


Summer 2015 Federal Advocacy Issues
Overview of federal legislative priorities for hospitals (August 2015)


PA Congressional Delegation
Map and contact information of PA Congressional delegation (Jan 2015)


HAP Memo 15-01
Webinar and request for stories to support critical advocacy (Jan 2015)


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Driving Innovation and Reform

In 2015, Congress enacted legislation that reforms the Medicare physician payment system, tying physician payments to the quality of the care provided rather than the number and volume of services.

In the wake of that major legislative accomplishment, Congress has turned to a robust review of a whole host of health care policy issues. Over the last year, the Congressional committees have held hearings and developed legislation on issues of importance to the hospital community including:

  • Reforming Hospital Payment Policies
  • Improving the Medicare Audit and Appeals Process
  • Leveraging Health Information Technology & Medical Innovation (21st Century Cures)
  • Addressing Behavioral Health Challenges & the Opioid Abuse Epidemic
  • Promoting Improved Outcomes for Patients with Chronic Conditions
  • Examining Consolidation in the Health Care Marketplace

Equally ambitious, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is aggressively pursuing significant policy through the regulatory process. In addition to the annual payment regulations, HHS has issued countless rules addressing:

  • Alternative Payment Models—Mandatory Bundling for Joint Replacement & Accountable Care Organizations
  • Long-Term Care Requirements
  • 340B Drug Pricing Program Guidance
  • Meaningful Use Modifications
  • Physician Payment Reform
  • Oversight of Medicaid Access & Medicaid Managed Care
  • Discharge Planning Requirements
  • Patient Safety & Benefits and Payment Standards

Federal policy makers are actively driving innovation and reform.

HAP remains focused on working with Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation, the Administration, national health care organizations—particularly the American Hospital Association—and national coalitions to ensure federal policy supports Pennsylvania hospitals in serving as the driving force in transforming our health care system for patients throughout the commonwealth and region.

HAP advocates for policies that fulfill the Triple Aim—improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing per capita cost of health care.

Related News

February 14, 2017

Nation’s Uninsured Rate Is at Historic Low

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the findings of the January–September 2016 National Health Interview Survey showing that the nation’s uninsured rate is at a historic low—8.8 percent. This represents 20.4 million more individuals with health insurance coverage in 2016 than had coverage in 2010.


February 13, 2017

Readmission Rates Declined After Hospital Readmission Reduction Program

A recent study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that readmission rates declined after the implementation of the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP). The study examined more than 20 million Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries that were discharged between January 1, 2008 and June 30, 2015.


February 10, 2017

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

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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Congress and New President Must Approach ACA Repeal and Replace Carefully; Moving Too Quickly Could Be a Disaster


August 23, 2016

Health Care Quality Measures––Drinking from a Fire Hose of Data


July 21, 2016

Rural vs urban?
The need to improve health transcends geography and party lines

According to politics, party affiliation—and the dictionary—rural and urban qualify as polar opposites. Here in Pennsylvania, country-city tensions can sometimes contribute to policy divides and an “us vs them” mentality.


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