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News Release: HAP Announces 2019 Achievement Award Winners

April 24, 2019

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) announces its 2019 Achievement Award recipients.

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Celebrate National Nurses Week 2019, Recognize Pennsylvania Nurses

April 23, 2019

May 6-12 is National Nurses Week. Prepare now to recognize the safe, quality care nurses provide to patients across the state.

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As CMS Sets Rules for 2020 Health Insurance Marketplaces, PA Proposes State-based Exchange

April 22, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, has finalized the Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2020. These parameters would set the 2020 standards for health insurance companies, services, and organizations and the health insurance marketplaces.

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Legislation Increasing Funds for Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Passes State House

April 19, 2019

Earlier this week, Pennsylvania’s House of Representative unanimously approved House Bill 30, which calls for an increase in the voluntary contributions for biennial vehicle registrations from $3 to $6 to The Governor Robert P. Casey Memorial Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Trust Fund.

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PA’s Senator Casey Calls for Strong Commitment to NIH Funding to Support Research That Saves and Improves Lives

April 18, 2019

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) are taking a lead role advocating for federal funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the 2020 federal budget.

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Medicare Advantage Enrollees May Have More Access to Telehealth Services

April 17, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a final rule updating the Medicare Advantage program to allow for innovative plan design and more choices for patients. The popularity of Medicare Advantage plans has been on the rise and new flexibilities, including additional telehealth and nontraditional benefits will likely continue this trend. 

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HAP Encourages Conversations about End-of-Life Care Today and Every Day

April 16, 2019

April 16 has been designated as National Healthcare Decisions Day in an effort to educate and empower individuals and providers about the importance of advance care planning. HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals encourage individuals to use this day as an opportunity to discuss end-of-life care preferences. 

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Warm Hand-off Study Resolution Clears First Hurdle

April 16, 2019

Today, the House Human Services Committee considered House Resolution 216. Sponsored by freshman lawmaker Todd Polinchock (R-Bucks), the resolution establishes a task force within the House of Representatives on “overdose recovery” and directs the Joint State Government Committee to establish an advisory committee aimed at studying the warm hand-off treatment for individuals with substance abuse disorder.

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Pennsylvania Hospitals Focus on Reducing Readmissions via Care Transitions

April 15, 2019

Preventing avoidable hospital readmissions continues as a priority for HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals. Research has found that acute and post-acute care organizations face unique challenges and barriers during care transitions which can affect readmissions. To address this opportunity, HAP’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) has launched a series of tools during the National Care Transitions Awareness Day on April 16.

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South Central Pennsylvania Health Care Organizations Receive 'Stop the Bleed' Kits, Training

April 15, 2019

In a traumatic-injury situation, uncontrolled bleeding is the leading cause of patient death. With the assistance of the trauma centers in the greater Harrisburg region, more than 30 health care organizations in south central PA today took an additional step to help the seriously injured during a time when every second counts.

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National Health Care Volunteer Week is a Time to Say “Thank You”

April 12, 2019

This week, hospitals and health systems across Pennsylvania and the nation are observing National Health Care Volunteer Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of dedicated individuals who donate their time to support patients.

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New Report Outlines Potential Pitfalls of Site-neutral Payment Policies

April 11, 2019

A recent American Hospital Association (AHA) report provides new insight into site-neutral payments, which may impact the reimbursement rate for the care that hospitals provide to patients in outpatient settings.

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Pennsylvania Highlighted for Rural Health Care Innovation

April 10, 2019

The transformative changes hospitals and health systems face are front and center at this year’s American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Meeting. During an executive session centered on rural issues, Pennsylvania’s hospitals were highlighted for their innovative work through the Rural Health Model.

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House Committee Passes Legislation Creating Opioid Task Force Focused on Children

April 09, 2019

Recognizing that the opioid crisis remains a major concern in the commonwealth, state Representative Clint Owlett (R–Tioga) has introduced legislation to establish the Opioid Abuse Child Impact Task Force.

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Nurse Leaders, Lawmakers Rally in Support of Full Practice Authority for Certified Nurse Practitioners

April 09, 2019

Nurse practitioners and health care champions met in Harrisburg today to rally in support of legislative proposals to help advanced practices professionals obtain full practice authority in Pennsylvania.

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