Telemedicine can be used to connect providers to patients at a distance and address shortages of specialty providers, such as behavioral health or dermatology. It can be used to deliver life-saving care, such as stroke care, and routine care in a timely, cost-effective manner.
COVID-19 has propelled the use of telemedicine forward years in the span of months. HAP is dedicated to ensuring the innovations in technology and payment for services provided through telemedicine are maintained so that Pennsylvania doesn’t slip backwards, but keeps its eyes on the future of health care.
False Claims Act
HAP opposes a state-based false claims act. The hospital industry is already heavily regulated and implementing a state false claims act would jeopardize the financial viability of struggling rural hospitals and likely result in financial drain across the state. A state false claims act would:
Be duplicative of the federal false claims act
- Incentivize attorneys and whisleblowers to file meritless lawsuits
- Further stress the financial stability of hospitals, especially in rural areas
Read HAP's fact sheet for more details about how a state false claims act could jeopardize access to care in Pennsylvania.
State Surprise Billing
HAP is engaged with state policymakers regarding surprise balance billing practices. HAP continues to message that any state balance billing proposal be grounded around any federal action on the issue.
For more information, contact Warren Kampf, senior vice president, advocacy and external affairs; Stephanie Watkins, vice president, state legislative advocacy, or; Sue Stewart, manager, political development. For media inquiries, contact Rachel Moore, director, media relations.