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House Recognizes Pennsylvania Hospitals through Hospital Week Resolution

May 02, 2018

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously approved the week of May 6–12, 2018, as “National Hospital Week” in Pennsylvania. Representative Kathy Rapp (R-Warren) sponsored House Resolution 869 as part of the national week that highlights the work and important role hospitals play in the health and well-being of our communities.

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Hospital Supporter Senator Baker Recognizes PA Hospitals on Senate Floor

April 25, 2018

Today, the Pennsylvania Senate adopted a resolution recognizing the week of May 6–12, 2018, as “National Hospital Week” in the commonwealth. Sponsored by Senator Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne), Senate Resolution 351 highlights the critical role hospitals play in delivering vital health care and improving the quality of life in Pennsylvania communities.

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AHA Opposes Short-Term, Limited-Duration Health Insurance Policies; Details Potentially Negative Impact in Comment Letter

April 25, 2018

The American Hospital Association (AHA) this week submitted a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, emphasizing concern surrounding a proposed federal rule amending the definition of short-term, limited-duration health insurance policies. The AHA cautioned the rule would undermine efforts to promote greater enrollment in coverage that provides vital consumer protections, ultimately reducing costs by balancing insurance market risk pools.

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Financial Obstacles Preventing Some Americans from Getting Needed Health Care

April 23, 2018

A new consumer study indicates that many Americans fear the high costs associated with a serious illness more than the illness itself; only 33 percent feared the illness more. Survey findings also identified serious disparities; Hispanic and black Americans and families with lower incomes had greater concerns about medical bills than other Americans did.

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JAMA Article Outlines Pennsylvania’s Rural Global Budget Pilot

April 09, 2018

A recent Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) article, “A Path to Sustain Rural Hospitals,” provided an overview of the recent work in Pennsylvania to create a global budget pilot for rural hospitals in the state. During January 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania announced the launch of a new, voluntary program aimed at shifting reimbursement from a fee-for-service model based on volume to a multi-payor global budget methodology focused on population health.

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Congress Reviews Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request for Health & Human Services

February 15, 2018

In a series of budget hearings before U.S. House and U.S. Senate committees, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar defended the newly proposed fiscal year (FY) 2019 HHS budget request.

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U.S. House Committee Hears Academic Perspectives on Health Care Market Dynamics

February 14, 2018

In a hearing before the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee, federal lawmakers heard testimony from academic scholars about the forces that result in consolidation within the health care market and the impact of those market dynamics.

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President Issues Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request

February 12, 2018

President Trump released a $4 trillion federal fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget request which defines funding priorities for discretionary spending and outlines legislative proposals. The budget proposal places a focus on tackling the opioid epidemic and addressing drug prices, and envisions significant policy changes to Medicare, Medicaid, and the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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News Release: U.S. Congress Includes Key Hospital Priorities in Spending Plan

February 09, 2018

News Release:  Early this morning, the U.S. Congress passed legislation that raises the debt ceiling, reallocates the current budget caps for defense and domestic discretionary programs, and temporarily funds the government through March 23. The spending plan also contains several hospital priorities.

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Report Says Out-of-Pocket Costs for Medicare Beneficiaries Will Keep Growing

February 01, 2018

At a time when the aging population is on the rise in Pennsylvania, a Kaiser Family Foundation report estimates that out-of-pocket costs for Medicare beneficiaries are expected to keep rising over the next decade.

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House Professional Licensure Committee Tackles Challenges of Nurse Collaborative Agreements

January 24, 2018

Today, the House Professional Licensure Committee held an informational meeting for legislators to learn more about the mechanics of collaborative agreements between certified nurse practitioners (CNP) and physicians. The meeting was prompted by legislative interest in HAP-supported Senate Bill 25 and House Bill 100 which would allow CNPs to care for patients without a collaborative agreement after 3,600 hours or three years working with a physician.

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CHIP Funded in Deal to Reopen the Government; Outstanding Priorities Remain Unresolved

January 22, 2018

Congress has included a six-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as part of a legislative package that reopens the government after a two-and-a-half day federal government shutdown, and sets February 8 as the next deadline for Congressional action.

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News Release: Federal Government Shuts Down, PA Health Care Community Faces Uncertainty

January 20, 2018

News Release: Congress yesterday failed to pass legislation to keep the federal government funded and address important health care policy priorities. In the wake of a federal government shutdown, the future of many essential health care programs remains unknown. In response, Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released a statement.

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Nearly Half of Americans Would Like Health Care Addressed Nationally; Few are Confident of Progress

December 29, 2017

New poll results released by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reveal the top concerns among Americans. Issues topping the list include health care, education, the environment, and racism as the national priorities that Americans would like to see addressed during the coming year. But, most expressed little confidence that any significant progress would be made.

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New Data Reveals that More Women than Men are Enrolling in U.S. Medical Schools

December 28, 2017

For the first time, the number of women enrolling in U.S. medical schools has exceeded the number of men. New data released by the Association of American Medical Colleges reveals that women made up 50.7 percent of the 21,338 new enrollees during 2017, compared with 49.8 percent during 2016.

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