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September 29, 2020

Bill Establishing Nurse Practitioner Pilot Program Clears First Hurdle in State House

The Pennsylvania House Professional Licensure Committee voted House Bill 100 out of committee today. Originally intended to remove the requirement for a formal collaborative agreement between a certified registered nurse practitioner (CRNP) and a physician—House Bill 100 was amended to create a six-year pilot program that allows an eligible CRNP to independently practice in a health professional shortage area, a designation based on geography or population.

September 25, 2020

New Report Shows Decline in Care for Children in Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released preliminary Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) data highlighting a steep decline in the rates of vaccinations, primary, and preventive services among children. Nearly 40 million children currently are covered by Medicaid and CHIP, raising concerns about long-term health outcomes for many children in Pennsylvania.

September 24, 2020

As Flu Season Approaches, HAP, PA Hospitals Encourage Adding a Flu Shot to Virus Protection Measures

The flu season is quickly approaching while the state and nation continues to battle against COVID-19. Though both are caused by different viruses, many of the precautions Pennsylvanians have adopted during COVID-19 also can help protect them from the flu. In addition to handwashing, social distancing, and the use of a face mask, Pennsylvanians are encouraged to add a flu shot to their protection measures.

September 23, 2020

Pennsylvania Launches New Contact Tracing App

This week, the Wolf Administration announced the launch of COVID AlertPA, a smartphone app to notify people of potential exposure to someone who has COVID-19.

September 21, 2020

New Analysis on the Range of Disparities during COVID-19

A new Commonwealth Fund survey into the disparate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to highlight the long-standing inequities by race, ethnicity, and income. The analysis also shows that the experience of economic hardships and mental health concerns during the pandemic varies by race, gender, and income.

September 18, 2020

Hospital Employees Encouraged to Register and Vote in November Election

The outcome of this year’s election will be critical to those who work in health care because those who are elected will make important decisions that affect health care as well as Pennsylvania’s hospitals. HAP is supporting the American Hospital Association’s “We Care, We Vote” campaign and is encouraging hospital employees to register to vote and to vote on November 3.

September 17, 2020

CMS Releases Guidance on Advancing Value-Based Care for Medicaid Populations

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance aimed at assisting states in moving to value-based care models within their Medicaid populations. In keeping with its strategy to enhance and increase value-based care models for Medicare beneficiaries, CMS believes aligning the Medicaid program, as well as encouraging private payors to adopt similar new payment models, will help drive care transformation and adoption of these new models. The guidance also includes new flexibilities awarded to states to help them with this transition.

September 16, 2020

Advocates for Medical Research Call for NIH Investments

A broad coalition of medical research advocates, including researchers and stakeholders representing more than 300 organizations and institutions including HAP, are urging Congress to make funding the National Institutes of Health (NIH) a national priority.