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HAP through the Years: 2000–2010

November 24, 2021

During 2021, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) proudly marks its centennial with a look back at 100 years of milestones, advocacy, and support for Pennsylvania’s hospitals.

This week, HAP recaps the 2000s, a decade that saw dramatic transformation in health care related to medical liability, Medicaid reform, the recession, and the passage of President Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act.

The 2000s

Medical liability:  At the start of the decade, HAP launched an advocacy campaign to address a growing medical liability crisis in the commonwealth. During 2002, the Legislature enacted three landmark medical liability laws, including a bill to stop so-called “venue shopping.” The legislation confined medical liability cases to the county in which the cause of action arose.

Faces of Caring:  During 2003, Pennsylvania’s hospitals faced $383 million in proposed cuts from the state’s Medical Assistance budget. In response, HAP created the “Faces of Caring” campaign to highlight the potential impact of those cuts on patients, hospitals, and local communities. The final budget that year restored $143 million of the proposed funding.

Economic Recession:  During the economic crisis of 2008, HAP surveyed its members to understand the ways the recession affected hospitals, patients, and staff. The information was shared with the media as part of HAP’s advocacy campaign to showcase the economic contributions of Pennsylvania’s hospitals and the ways they benefit their communities.

The Affordable Care Act:  President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act during March 2020, providing millions of Americans with access to health care while aiming to reform the nation’s health insurance and health care delivery systems. HAP worked closely with lawmakers and the American Hospital Association to address key issues in the legislation and to begin the implementation process.

Medical Assistance Modernization:  Throughout the decade, HAP advocated lawmakers to reform reimbursement to Pennsylvania’s hospitals through Medicaid. During 2010, HAP developed and achieved the passage of a law to modernize Medical Assistance hospital payments, securing matching federal funds through the establishment of a statewide hospital assessment. In its first three years, the act was expected to generate $1.5 billion in new Medicaid payments for hospitals.

Quotable:  On the importance of partnerships, former HAP President and CEO Carolyn F. Scanlan said: “HAP works to promote the unparalleled excellence in patient care that Pennsylvania’s hospitals provide, to earn the respect of our allies and detractors alike, and to retain the position of strength and credibility that the association has worked diligently to earn in Washington and Harrisburg.”