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Universal Patient Transfer Form (UPTF)
UPTF template to assist in safe and effective patient transfers (Nov 2016)


Ready Reference Tool ACA Section 1557 Nondiscrimination Provision
HAP's Ready Reference Tool for Implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (Sep 2016)


Facts About Newborn Screening in Pennsylvania
Newborn screening is intended to ensure that all babies are screened for certain serious conditions at birth. (Feb 2016)


Observation Status Notice
Sample brochure to provide to patient or designee about their outpatient status (Apr 2015)


Patient Rights & Responsibilities Brochure
Reflects CMS' Conditions of Participation regarding patient visitation and compliance with expanded non-discrimination language issued by DOH (Jul 2015)


Comment Letter to CMS
Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act (NOTICE) (Jan 2016)


Comment Letter
To CMS on proposed rule on CoPs for Home Health Agencies (Jan 2015)


Comment Letter
To Department of Health on draft guidance for Mcare reporting requirements (Feb 2014)


HAP Testimony
On certificate of need (Jun 2015)


HAP Testimony
In support of House Bill 30, which revises PA organ donation law (May 2014)


HAP Testimony
On providing notice to a patient on outpatient status (Jan 2014)


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Reducing Burdensome Compliance and Fiscal Implications of Hospital Regulations

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) periodically updates the Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation, which Pennsylvania hospitals must comply with to receive federal reimbursement. These regulations range from influencing hospital governance, medical staff and nursing services, to medical records, outpatient services, and infection prevention control.

At the state level, policymakers pass laws, that when implemented through regulation, also impact daily operations. HAP advocates at both the state and federal level to reduce the burdensome compliance and fiscal implications these regulations may have on Pennsylvania hospitals, allowing them to provide the right care, at the right time, and in the right setting.

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October 09, 2018

New Health Care Codes for Human Trafficking will Help Plan Treatment and Build Services

Recently, several new ICD-10 codes took effect that allow health providers to report suspected or known cases of different kinds of trafficking including labor trafficking and sex trafficking. Health care providers are often among the first or single points of connection for these individuals. 


August 23, 2018

HAP Calls for Modernizing Stark Law to Promote Care Coordination

The 1989 physician self-referral law or “Stark Law”—which was designed to address overutilization in a fee-for-service environment—is antiquated and must be modernized to meet the objectives of the new value-based payment system, which rewards quality over quantity of care. In a comment letter issued today, HAP endorsed efforts to modernize Stark Law to enable hospitals and physicians to coordinate care and improve patient outcomes. 


August 06, 2018

AHA Calls for Changes to Stark Law to Ensure Greater Patient Care Coordination and Improved Outcomes

The American Hospital Association recently sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services calling for exceptions to the Stark Law to enable hospitals and physicians to coordinate care and improve patient outcomes.


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Related Blogs

September 13, 2017

The Federal Government Wants to Reduce Health Care Red Tape? Here’s Pennsylvania Hospitals’ Wish List!

Our federal government says it wants to reduce the unnecessary red tape that is holding back American innovation and driving up the costs of goods and services—including those related to health care. On behalf of Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems, I am pleased to say that we want to help with that.

October 31, 2016

Advancing a Culture of Mutual Respect: a critical element for a healing environment


February 26, 2016

Lessons from the Revenue Cycle Shop: The Day Our Defects Became Cash


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