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

Pennsylvania hospitals focus on federal policy that:

  • Promotes access to care and coverage
  • Continues to improve health care quality and lower costs
  • Reduces administrative burdens and puts the focus on patient care not paperwork

A key hospital community priority is preserving and strengthening insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to ensure access to comprehensive, affordable health coverage for all Pennsylvanians. To that end, hospitals work to:

  • Promote marketplace enrollment—help consumers secure and keep comprehensive health insurance coverage, and support a competitive, stable insurance market
  • Protect the Medicaid program, which helped expand access to care for more than 700,000 Pennsylvanians, and serves as the foundation of access to care for 2.9 million Pennsylvanians––1.7 million adults and 1.2 million children
  • Enforce and maintain coverage protections that allow patients to secure all of the services and care they need to get and stay healthy
  • Fight reductions in the number of insured Pennsylvanians by protecting programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children's Health Insurance Program 

Hospitals’ priorities include:

  • Protecting access for patients in rural and vulnerable communities, recognizing that different types of providers have special costs and capabilities
  • Protecting/increasing training programs for doctors and nurses to address shortages
  • Supporting rural hospitals as they make changes to remain viable community assets
  • Promoting helpful price transparency and protecting patients from unanticipated bills
  • Addressing the opioid epidemic, advocating for the use of clinical data to drive initiatives
  • Coordinating efforts to treat patients’ physical and behavioral health needs
  • Supporting medical liability reforms that promote patient safety and access to services

Hospitals support modern regulations that match today’s health care practices and target administrative burdens. Specific examples of regulatory relief include:

  • Expanding Medicare coverage for telehealth services
  • Reducing regulatory and legislative barriers that preclude hospitals and doctors from working together, including modernizing fraud and abuse laws
  • Providing regulatory flexibility to allow value-based payment models that improve clinical quality and outcomes, while containing or reducing health care costs

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 hospitals as they transform the health care system to improve patient care.

Related News

September 18, 2019

Site-neutral Payment Policy Impacting Community Care Overturned

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.

September 05, 2019

New Federal Dollars to Help States Address Opioid Crisis; Focus Aligns with HAP Opioid Learning Action Network Goals

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced more than $1.8 billion in funding to states to assist with the opioid crisis. 

August 23, 2019

AHA Highlights Progress and Opportunities for Regulatory Relief

In a letter sent to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seem Verma earlier this month, the American Hospital Association (AHA) highlighted both progress and additional opportunities for federal policymakers to achieve regulatory reforms that reduce administrative complexity and streamline duplicative, antiquated, and contradictory provider regulations.

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