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Court Again Rejects 340B Payment Cuts; Calls for Quick Resolution on Remedy

May 07, 2019

Consistent with a ruling during late December, a Federal District Court judge ruled yesterday that the Administration’s nearly 30 percent cut to Medicare payments to hospitals participating in the 340B Drug Pricing Program was unlawful and ordered the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to resolve the harm caused by the cuts “promptly.”

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Annual Graduate Medical Education Day Brings Residency Shortages to the Forefront

May 06, 2019

Today in Washington, D.C., hospital advocates participated in the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) Graduate Medical Education (GME) Day of Action to reinforce the importance of Congressional support for residency programs, workforce initiatives, and learning opportunities across the United States, in an effort to meet society’s ever-evolving health care needs.

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Legislation Reintroduced to Strengthen the Workforce to Respond to the Opioid Epidemic

May 03, 2019

Building on sustained efforts at the federal level to address the opioid epidemic over the last two Congressional sessions, federal lawmakers reinitiated a bipartisan effort to strengthen the health care workforce’s ability to respond to the opioid crisis by incentivizing the training of more addiction specialists.

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AHRQ: Telehealth Consultations Can Improve Access, Outcomes, and Patient Satisfaction While Reducing Utilization

May 03, 2019

Is there evidence that telehealth consultations help providers improve acute and chronic care? An extensive review and synthesis of 233 articles—culled from more than 9,000 abstracts and a review of more than 1,000 full-text research studies examining the clinical and cost effectiveness of telehealth—indicate that they do.

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U.S. House Hearing, New CBO Report Identify Complicated Considerations for Single-payor, Medicare for All

May 02, 2019

As policy conversation in Washington, D.C., continues to explore avenues to advance health care reform and Democrat presidential hopefuls are challenged to define their perspectives regarding a single-payor health care system, a Congressional hearing in the U.S. House Rules Committee this week and a new report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) highlight the complicated considerations surrounding such a significant health care overhaul.

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Barriers in Delivering Health Care, Expanding Telemedicine Highlighted at Annual Rural Pennsylvania Legislative Briefing

May 02, 2019

At an event yesterday hosted by Pennsylvania state Representative Kathy Rapp (R-65), state Senator Michele Brooks (R-50), and Lisa Davis, director, Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, Dr. Frederick Bloom, president, Guthrie Medical Group, presented testimony before a number of legislators and staff. Dr. Bloom highlighted the significant barriers to access to care brought about by the lack of connectivity to broadband Internet.

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PA Patients and Providers Rally Together for Prior Authorization Reforms

May 01, 2019

Yesterday in Harrisburg, HAP joined patients and other providers to introduce legislation reforming the insurance practice of requiring prior authorization for medical care. Unfortunately, current prior authorization processes can delay the timely delivery of appropriate, medically necessary care.

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Wolf Administration Recognizes Hospital Emergency Preparedness Leaders

April 30, 2019

The Wolf Administration recently commended hospital leaders for their crucial roles in Pennsylvania’s public health emergency preparedness efforts. 

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PA Hospitals to See Slightly Reduced Penalties under New CMS Rule

April 29, 2019

A study published last week in JAMA Internal Medicine analyzed how Medicare’s recent changes to the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) affect hospitals with high versus low proportions of dual Medicaid- and Medicare-eligible patient populations. 

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Promotes Safe Disposal of Dangerous Medications

April 26, 2019

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) urges residents of the commonwealth to take advantage of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, April  27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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HAP Kicks Off Statewide Effort to Address Social Determinants of Health

April 25, 2019

Hospitals across Pennsylvania are hosting focus groups and information sessions to learn about the health needs of their communities as part of their triannual community health needs assessments. Concurrently, HAP convened a group of leaders on the front lines of initiatives aimed at addressing the economic and social conditions that impact health. HAP’s collaborative kicked off an association-wide priority to identify strategies for addressing these social determinants of health.

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PA is a Leader in Alternative Payment Models for Health Care

April 24, 2019

A new study says Pennsylvania is one of three states leading the national movement to a new way of paying for health care. A study commissioned by Change Healthcare reveals that during the past five years, the number of states implementing alternative payment models (APM) has increased sevenfold. 

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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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