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As Open Enrollment Winds Down, Report Measures Big Progress in Access to Care

December 14, 2017

The Commonwealth Fund compared state trends in access to affordable health care between 2013 and 2016 and found that 47 states saw their adult uninsured rates drop by five percentage points or more in the first three years following the Affordable Care Act. With 2018 Open Enrollment ending tomorrow, HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals are urging individuals to make plan selections and complete enrollment by December 15. 

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Legislation Providing Safe Locations for Substance Abuse Recovery Heads to Governor

December 14, 2017

The Pennsylvania Senate took the final legislative step to approve legislation making it safer for recovering addicts undergoing treatment within the community or exiting inpatient treatment facilities. Senate Bill 446, sponsored by Senator Tom McGarrigle (R-Delaware) sets quality standards and a license process for recovery houses.

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Rate of Health Care Spending Growth Decreases

December 13, 2017

According to a study by the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), overall health spending grew by 4.3 percent during 2016, as compared to 5.8 percent in 2015.

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Patient and Family Engagement:  Nice to Have—or Strategic Necessity?

October 13, 2017 | Janette Bisbee

Patient and Family Engagement: Nice to Have—or Strategic Necessity?

For some time now, Medicare has been financially rewarding hospitals for good patient experiences as measured by the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAPHS). Next year, about 2 percent of Pennsylvania hospitals’ Medicare fee-for-service payments will be affected by how well they do on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ value-based purchasing calculations.

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

September 13, 2017 | Andy Carter

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.

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