HAP's Latest News

February 28, 2020

CMS Announces New Quality Strategy

During this week’s 2020 CMS Quality Conference, Seema Verma, administrator of The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced a new quality strategy addressing transparency, measurement standards, accountability, and data modernization while minimizing unnecessary reporting burdens on physicians.

February 28, 2020

Advocacy Groups Stress the Critical Importance of Telemedicine During Emergencies

As coronavirus emerges as a potential threat, telehealth advocacy groups are advocating that Congress take action. Spearheaded by the Alliance for Connected Care, recommendations have been made to include a provision in the COVID-19 supplemental appropriations package that would allow telemedicine visits to be covered in traditional Medicare during the public health emergency. 

February 27, 2020

Health Related Agencies Make Case for State Budget Proposals

This week the state’s agencies overseeing Pennsylvania’s health care presented their budget requests for the 2020–2021 fiscal year. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Health (DOH) both appeared separately before House and Senate Appropriation Committees.


February 25, 2020

Rural Hospitals Continue to Close Across the U.S.

Rural hospitals are significant contributors to their communities, but many rural hospitals are operating in the red. Two new reports released this month reveal that more than 450 U.S. hospitals in rural areas are in danger of closing.

February 24, 2020

More Americans Turning to Crowdfunding to Pay Medical Bills

New survey results from NORC, a non-partisan research institute at the University of Chicago, highlights the increasing hardship of high medical bills on Americans and their families, and explore the use of social media and online crowdfunding sites as a viable means for help paying medical bills.

February 21, 2020

HAP’s Achievement Awards March 1 Deadline Nearing: Submit Your Project Today

Pennsylvania is home to a diverse community of world-class hospitals and health systems, with leadership and health care teams laser-focused on providing excellent care to their patients. HAP’s Achievement Awards program highlights the innovative projects that these teams undertake to continuously improve upon the quality of the care they deliver, as well as the health of their communities.

February 20, 2020

New Poll Underscores Importance of Health Care in 2020 Elections

As the 2020 primary election season ramps up, so, too, does the discussion about the country’s health care system. Candidates in Pennsylvania and across the United States are discussing everything from sweeping proposals to bring fundamental change to the system to efforts to address more granular issues, such as stemming the cost of health care and protecting patients from surprise balance bills.

February 20, 2020

News Release: New App Will Streamline Health Care Emergency Plans

Most facilities update their emergency operation plans using paper and ink, a two-thousand year old technology, failing to keep up with a digital world. To solve this problem HAPevolve, a subsidiary company of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) has launched a new tool to help health care facilities streamline emergency preparedness. HAPevolve’s new tool, the Portable Response Emergency Plan (PREP), moves paper emergency operation plans out of a three-ring binder and into a mobile, web-based, customizable solution.