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Fact Sheet
On PA hospital community benefit during 2013


Fact Sheet
On the economic impact of PA hospitals during 2014


Fact Sheet
About supplemental Medicaid payments in Pennsylvania


Fact Sheet
Facts about Pennsylvania's critical access hospitals


Infographic
In Critical Condition: The Fragile State of Critical Access Hospitals


Testimony for Rural Health Briefing
On challenges of rural health care delivery (May 2015)


Message Points
On state legislative priorities (May 2015)


HAP Memo 15-07
HAP state budget analysis confirms several threats to hospital payments (Mar 2015)


HAP Memo 15-04
State budget release (Mar 2015)


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Proposed State Budget Eliminates Important Hospital Funding

Governor Tom Wolf introduced his 2015–2016 proposed state budget which calls for $29.9 billion in general fund spending—with 22.8 percent of state spending targeted for Medical Assistance health care and long-term living services.

The proposed budget cuts direct supplemental payments to hospitals for burn centers, obstetrical/neonatal units, and rural critical access hospitals—a loss of $36.5 million in total funds.

There are six accredited burn centers that rely on these additional payments in order to handle complex, high-cost cases, many from other parts of the commonwealth and other states.

Each year, more than 138,000 babies are born in Pennsylvania. Medical Assistance funds nearly half of all births.

Thirteen critical access hospitals provide essential medical care to rural communities. These hospitals are in fragile financial condition, as most patients are covered by public payers like Medicaid and Medicare that historically underpay.

HAP will be seeking to restore this vitally needed funding for hospitals and prevent any further reductions as the General Assembly and the Administration address the revenue package.

Related News

May 27, 2015

Non-profit Hospitals Contribute $6.5 Billion in Community Benefits

During 2013, Pennsylvania non-profit hospitals provided $6.5 billion in free or subsidized health care, medical education and research, and community improvement—$700 million more than during 2012. 


May 27, 2015

Pa Hospitals Put Communities First, Provide More Charitable Benefits And Investments

News Release: The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) today released its analysis about hospital charitable community benefit and investment. During 2013, Pennsylvania non-profit hospitals provided $6.5 billion in free or subsidized health care, medical education and research, and community improvement—$700 million more than during 2012.


May 21, 2015

New PHC4 Report Shows Erosion in Already Thin PA Hospital Margins

News Release: During 2014, the average total margin for general acute care hospitals in Pennsylvania decreased from more than 6 percent to 5.70 percent, according to a new report and news release from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4). Operating margins saw similar declines.


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May 14, 2015

Jobs That Pay Off in More Ways Than One

Unemployment, poverty, and low wages jeopardize Pennsylvania’s health as well as its economy. The many good jobs provided by Pennsylvania hospitals address these challenges in more ways than you might think.

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