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January 15, 2020

Federal Attention Building to Address Social Determinants of Health

Urgency is building in Washington, DC, to advance policy to improve coordination in addressing social determinants of health, recognizing that factors such as stable housing, reliable transportation, and access to healthy foods have a direct impact on health and wellness.

January 14, 2020

Duplicative State False Claims Act Could be Counterproductive to Patients, Hospitals

On Monday, the Pennsylvania Attorney General was joined by legislators to outline measures which they believe will curb fraud within Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance program, Medicaid. While a package of legislation was proposed, the focus of Monday’s announcement was legislation implementing a State False Claims Act in addition to the existing Federal False Claims Act. HAP believes the current federal law is effective and implementing a state false claims is duplicative, unnecessary, and, in some cases, harmful to patient access to care.

January 10, 2020

Flu Season Enters Peak, Still Time to Get Vaccinated

As flu season intensifies across the commonwealth, state officials encouraged all Pennsylvanians to get their flu shot. Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine this week announced that as of December 28, 2019, more than 17,000 confirmed cases of the flu and nine flu-related deaths.