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PA Hospitals Concerned about Consumer Confusion if New Price Transparency Rules Adopted, Remain Committed to Helping Consumers

November 15, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued two rules that require hospitals and insurers to make pricing information available to the public. While strongly supporting efforts for greater transparency in health care, Pennsylvania hospitals have concerns about whether the rules will help consumers, saying that mandating the disclosure of privately and competitively-negotiated rates may add to consumer confusion. Hospitals believe that consumers need useful and meaningful information.

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HAP Expresses Support for SB 25 During Nurse Practitioner Week

November 12, 2019

In recognition of Nurse Practitioner Week, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) is expressing its support for Senate Bill 25. The bill, sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), would allow certified nurse practitioners (CNP) to practice to the full scope of their license without the need for physician supervision after they have worked under such supervision for three years and 3,600 hours.

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HAP Hosts Listening Session on Population Health Planning at Meadville Medical Center

November 07, 2019

During a listening session held at Meadville Medical Center, HAP and six hospitals educated regional state legislators about population health and wellness initiatives.

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ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment Starts Today. What Pennsylvanians Need to Know

November 01, 2019

The six-week Open Enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplace HealthCare.gov runs today through December 15, 2019. Pennsylvanians who get their insurance through the marketplace, or who are uninsured, are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to get covered and stay covered. Despite what you may be hearing about the future of the ACA, these plans still have important consumer protections and benefits and they are available for coverage in 2020.

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Reauthorization of HAP-supported PHC4 Legislation Passes PA Senate, Moves to House

October 31, 2019

The Pennsylvania Senate has passed legislation to reauthorize the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4).  Senate Bill 841, sponsored by Sen. Scott Martin (R-Lancaster), also modernizes the council by updating its powers and duties, and now moves to the House for consideration.

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HAP-supported Telemedicine Bill Secures Senate Approval, Heads to House

October 30, 2019

The State Senate today passed HAP-supported telemedicine legislation, Senate Bill 857, sponsored by Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), and sent the bill to the House for consideration. As passed by the Senate, the bill will ensure broader access to health care services for all Pennsylvanians, especially those in medically underserved areas of the state.

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U.S. House Takes Action to Promote Health Care Workforce, Transparency on Pharmacy Benefit Managers

October 29, 2019

Yesterday, the U.S. House unanimously approved a series of bills poised to improve and strengthen our nation’s health care system by investing in health care workforce development and training programs; and authorizing new tools to improve the availability of information regarding drug prices.

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HAP Continues to Advocate for Patients’ Timely Access to Care

October 28, 2019

In Harrisburg today, patients, providers, and health care advocates joined legislative leaders in the state Capitol for a press conference in support of legislation to relieve patients and providers from excessive insurance red tape.

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HAP Celebrates “Healthcare Quality Week”

October 23, 2019

Healthcare Quality Week, sponsored by the National Association for Healthcare Quality, is dedicated to celebrating the contributions professionals have made in the field and bringing greater awareness to the profession of health care quality.

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Pennsylvania Featured in New Report about States Moving from Federal- to State-based Health Care Marketplaces

October 11, 2019

Pennsylvania is one of six states examined in an Urban Institute report examining an increasing trend among states: a shift from federal- to state-based health care marketplaces.

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HAP and Hospitals Join Forces to Pass Bills that Protect Health Care Workers; You Can Help––Text Healthy Me to 52886

October 10, 2019

Two legislative plans that could be passed by the state legislature this fall would make Pennsylvania health care workers safer.

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Effort to Improve Care Coordination by Modernizing Anti-Fraud Regulations Proposed

October 09, 2019

The Trump Administration today issued two proposed rules that will modernize fraud and abuse laws. 

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Food Security Summit Spotlights Pennsylvania’s Progress to Fight Hunger

October 08, 2019

The Wolf Administration held its annual food security summit to provide an update about Pennsylvania’s progress to fight hunger. HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals also have been working to improve health through food security and healthy eating initiatives.

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New National Program Focused on Developing More Durable, Longer-Lasting Flu Vaccines

October 07, 2019

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases  recently initiated the Collaborative Influenza Vaccine Innovation Centers  program, a network of research centers that will develop more durable, broadly protective, and longer-lasting influenza vaccines.

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HAP Teams Up with Insurance Department for Health Literacy Month, Supports Programs That Empower Consumers

October 01, 2019

October is Health Literacy Month. HAP is once again partnering with the Pennsylvania Insurance Department and other health care and community partners to  help consumers make well-informed decisions.

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