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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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