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Legislation Improving Credentialing Process for Health Care Practitioners Passes Committee

September 18, 2019

The Pennsylvania House Health Committee today unanimously approved HAP-supported legislation that streamlines and improves the insurer credentialing process for health care practitioners.

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Site-neutral Payment Policy Impacting Community Care Overturned

September 18, 2019

A federal district court judge ruled that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) exceeded its statutory authority when it finalized policy to decrease payments for clinic visits at off-campus outpatient departments.

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Advocacy Group Makes Stop at Capitol to Support the Affordable Care Act

August 28, 2019

Pennsylvania has been identified as a swing state for the 2020 presidential election. As a result, we can expect to see policy debates early and often. One of the recent conversations has been about health care, and specifically, health insurance coverage.

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HAP Endorses Federal Effort to Protect Patients from Delays in Care, Lauds Rep. Mike Kelly’s Efforts to Standardize Prior Authorization

August 22, 2019

HAP has joined more than 300 patient, physician, health care professional, and other health care stakeholder organizations in expressing support for bipartisan legislation that would help protect patients from unnecessary delays in care.

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News Release: PA Hospital Opioid Learning and Action Collaborative Kicks off in Harrisburg

August 20, 2019

Pennsylvania hospital leaders and substance use disorder recovery specialists today met in Harrisburg to formally kick off The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s Opioid Learning Action Network, a collaborative for and by Pennsylvania’s hospital community.

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CMS Reports Show Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace is Declining among Those Who Do Not Receive Subsidies

August 16, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this week released two reports that identify trends in the individual health insurance marketplace (also known as the exchange) for 2018, and provide insight about the market for 2019. 

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Report on Medicare Public Option’s Impact on Rural Hospitals Reveals Increased Closure Risks

August 09, 2019

A newly released report analyzes the potential impact of a Medicare “public option” on U.S. rural hospitals and communities. The report sp...

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33 PA Health Care Groups Agree: Reform Insurance Prior Authorization Practices

July 24, 2019

In HAP’s latest blog, President and CEO Andy Carter shares how a coalition of 33 health care organizations that represent Pennsylvania providers is calling for commonsense reforms to protect against prior authorization red tape that can keep patients from getting the health care they need when they need it.

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Proposed Federal Rule Could Cut SNAP Benefits to Millions, Increase Food Insecurity

July 23, 2019

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced an upcoming a proposed rule that would limit its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), saving the department a reported $2.5 billion annually and cutting benefits to some three million people.

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PA Hospital Rural Residency Program Receives Federal Recognition, Grant Funding

July 18, 2019

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Lehigh Valley Health Network participated in an event that announced a grant to fund a new rural residency program in the commonwealth.

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New Proposal Seeks to Fund Broadband to Boost Telemedicine in Rural Areas

July 16, 2019

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced that it is seeking comment about its proposed Connected Care Pilot, a program that would help address a key barrier to implementing telemedicine in some rural areas—broadband access.

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News Release: HAP Commends Philadelphia-area Hospitals, Government, Universities for Coming Together to Respond to Hospital Closure

July 09, 2019

Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), today released the following statement regarding the hospital community’s response to the announced closure of Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia.

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Governor Wolf Signs State-Based Health Insurance Exchange Legislation

July 02, 2019

HAP President and CEO Andy Carter joined Governor Tom Wolf, lawmakers, and stakeholders for the signing of House Bill 3, which creates the Health Insurance Exchange Authority to operate a state-based health insurance exchange for individual market plans. 

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The Challenges of Cancer Care in Rural Communities

July 01, 2019

As part of its efforts to understand and address cancer health disparities, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASOC) examined the cancer incidence and mortality in urban and rural areas. 

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Health Care Costs Legislation Moves Toward Committee Consideration; Includes Patient Protections

June 20, 2019

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee took steps to advance a package of policies that address health care costs—including a policy to protect patients from surprise medical bills.

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