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Amid New Policy Priorities and Perspectives, Hospitals Focus on Key Goals

The priorities and perspectives of the new administration and the 115th Congress will mark a change in federal health care policy. However, the underlying goals of the Triple Aim—improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing per capita cost of health care—will continue to guide health care improvement.

Pennsylvania hospitals will seek to positively impact federal policy by:

  • Promoting access to care and coverage
  • Continuing to improve quality and enhance value
  • Reducing administrative complexity to focus on patient care rather than paperwork

As federal policymakers pursue changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), HAP is advocating to preserve coverage for more than 1.1 million Pennsylvanians who have benefited from access to coverage, and ensure all Pennsylvanians have access to and can afford comprehensive coverage.

Hospitals will work with the new Administration and Congress to continue momentum in improving quality and enhancing value. Priorities include:

  • Ensuring federal payment policies protect access for patients in rural and vulnerable communities, and reflect the unique costs and capabilities of different sites of service
  • Supporting medical liability reform efforts that will promote greater patient safety, ensure continued access to critical services, and lower the cost of care
  • Sustaining the programs that train doctors and nurses
  • Supporting rural hospitals as they take steps to transform their delivery systems
  • Coordinating efforts to treat the physical and behavioral health needs of patients

The Trump Administration has placed a high priority on providing regulatory relief. During 2016 alone, the federal government issued more than 23,500 pages of regulations impacting hospitals and health systems.

Hospitals are advocating to modernize regulations and target administrative burdens. Specific examples of regulatory relief include:

  • Expanding Medicare coverage of telehealth services
  • Modernizing fraud laws to allow greater clinical integration
  • Providing regulatory flexibility in payment reform models
  • Addressing regulatory requirements on the use of electronic health records
  • Protecting access for patients in rural and vulnerable communities

HAP remains focused on working with elected officials, national health care organizations—particularly the American Hospital Association—and national coalitions to ensure federal policy supports Pennsylvania hospitals in serving as the driving force in transforming our health care system for patients throughout the commonwealth.

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As Open Enrollment Winds Down, Report Measures Big Progress in Access to Care

The Commonwealth Fund compared state trends in access to affordable health care between 2013 and 2016 and found that 47 states saw their adult uninsured rates drop by five percentage points or more in the first three years following the Affordable Care Act. With 2018 Open Enrollment ending tomorrow, HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals are urging individuals to make plan selections and complete enrollment by December 15. 

December 13, 2017

Rate of Health Care Spending Growth Decreases

According to a study by the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), overall health spending grew by 4.3 percent during 2016, as compared to 5.8 percent in 2015.

December 12, 2017

PA CHIP Receives Legislative Approval; Uncertainty Around Federal Funding Remains

The Pennsylvania legislature approved legislation to reauthorize the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2019. House Bill 1388 (Irvin, R-Huntingdon) now heads to Governor Wolf for his signature which he has indicated he will sign.

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September 13, 2017

The Federal Government Wants to Reduce Health Care Red Tape? Here’s Pennsylvania Hospitals’ Wish List!

Our federal government says it wants to reduce the unnecessary red tape that is holding back American innovation and driving up the costs of goods and services—including those related to health care. On behalf of Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems, I am pleased to say that we want to help with that.

August 11, 2017

Tackling the high price of medications in PA: Why target 340B, a program for vulnerable patients and hospitals?

Pennsylvanians, like all Americans, are concerned about how much they pay for prescription drugs. Taking the right medication in the right way is crucial to the health of many Americans. About half of us take prescription medications of some kind. But how are we to take our medications if we cannot afford to pay for them?

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