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Ease, Convenience, and Choice Outrank Quality of Care, New Survey Reports

January 25, 2019

According to NRC Health’s 2019 Healthcare Consumer Trends Report, 51 percent of the 223,000 patients surveyed in 2018 selected convenience and access to care as the most important factors in their health care decision-making process.

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U.S. Uninsured Rate Rises to Highest Point in Four Years

January 24, 2019

According to findings from data collected as a part of the Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index, the percentage of U.S. adults without insurance is 13.7 percent, the highest level in more than four years.

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New Report Considers Impact of Drug Prices and Shortages on Hospitals and Patient Care

January 23, 2019

As both Congress and the Administration place a focus on exploring policy options to address rising drug prices, a new report identifies challenges facing hospitals and patients in managing the financial burden of increased spending on prescription drugs, and the threat of disruption in access to care resulting from shortages of critical medications.

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PA Hospitals Encouraged to Submit Innovative Programs to 2019 HAP Achievement Awards

January 23, 2019

It’s no secret that Pennsylvania’s health care landscape is changing at an increasingly rapid pace and its hospitals and health systems are rising to that challenge through innovative programs to improve the quality of care, patient experience, and technology to meet the needs of the communities they serve. HAP members are encouraged to review the 2019 Achievement Awards Call for Entries and submit their innovative patient-centered initiatives that improve health care quality and efficiency and the health of their communities by March 1.

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Governor Wolf Sworn in to Second Term with New Lieutenant Governor Fetterman

January 15, 2019

Today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) was sworn in for his second term as the commonwealth’s top executive and John Fetterman (D) was installed as the state’s new Lieutenant Governor.

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News Release: PA Hospitals Congratulate Wolf and Fetterman on Inauguration

January 15, 2019

Earlier today, Governor Tom Wolf was sworn in to a second term and John Fetterman was sworn in as Pennsylvania’s new Lieutenant Governor. Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement following the swearing-in ceremony.

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New CMS Price Transparency Requirements Take Effect; Patients Encouraged to Contact Their Hospitals for More Information

January 02, 2019

A new federal requirement aimed at increasing hospital price transparency took effect January 1, 2019. In its 2019 inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) final rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its guidelines to require that all hospitals in the United States post a list of their standard charges—known as a chargemaster—on their websites in a machine-readable format updated at least annually.

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Federal Court Ruling Blocks Detrimental Payment Cut Impacting 340B Hospitals

December 28, 2018

The D.C. District Court blocked a nearly 30 percent payment cut impacting many hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program—a program that helps hospitals and patients manage the ever-increasing burden of prescription drug costs.

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Lawmakers Taking Action in Face of Texas Court Ruling about Affordable Care Act

December 27, 2018

A number of state and federal lawmakers plan to fight to protect the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act during early 2019.

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House Republications introduce Bills to Increase Health Care Access in Rural Communities

December 13, 2018

As part of the U.S. House Ways and Means Medicare Red Tape Relief Project, House Republican members this week introduced a package of health care-related bills, which puts a spotlight on two pieces of legislation aimed at increasing access in rural communities.

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Hospitals Seek to Overturn New Payment Policy Jeopardizing Community Care

December 06, 2018

In a lawsuit filed this week, hospitals and hospital advocates—including the American Hospital Association and Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)—argued that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is acting outside the law by imposing a harmful new payment policy that reduces reimbursement and jeopardizes the ability of hospitals to meet the needs of their patients in community-based settings.

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The Number of Uninsured Children in the U.S. Increased for First Time in Almost a Decade

November 30, 2018

Following a historic low during 2016, the uninsured rate among children in the United States has increased. From 2016 to 2017, newly released data from the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families shows that an estimated 276,000 more children were uninsured. Nationwide, the percentage of children without health insurance increased from 4.7 percent during 2016, to 5 percent during 2017.

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Marketplace Open Enrollment in Pennsylvania: Signups Down from Last Year

November 29, 2018

Newly released Open Enrollment numbers from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for health insurance signups via HealthCare.gov show that enrollment for 2019 coverage is down compared to last year. Pennsylvania is among the states with the largest enrollment decrease; Pennsylvania hospitals are encouraged to continue their enrollment and outreach efforts.

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Under ACA, Employment Rates and Employer-sponsored Insurance Rose along with Coverage Expansion

November 16, 2018

New analysis indicates that health insurance coverage gains under the Affordable Care Act were well-targeted to workers and their dependents who most needed help.

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HHS Secretary Plans to Increase Role in Addressing Social Determinants of Health

November 16, 2018

HHS Secretary Alex Azar outlined how HHS will take a leadership role in addressing social determinants of health.

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