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May 22, 2020

Pennsylvania Health Care Vulnerable to Another Threat During COVID-19

As Pennsylvania moves into day 78 of Governor Wolf’s emergency declaration, the commonwealth’s health care community continues to make difficult decisions under extraordinary circumstances; doing so without hesitation, but also without the acknowledgment of policymakers that the current COVID-19 environment has placed clinical decision making and resource allocation in uncharted territory leaving them vulnerable to frivolous lawsuits.

May 21, 2020

The ACA Will Cover More People as a Result of Job Losses Due to COVID-19

The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that 26.8 million people across the country will become uninsured due to the loss of job-based health coverage. While many of those people qualify for full coverage under the Affordable Care Act, estimates suggest that 5.7 million people will not be eligible and will have to pay the full cost for health coverage.

May 20, 2020

Patients Deferring Lifesaving Care During Pandemic

A new analysis of data from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston found patient visits are declining for select conditions for which patients would normally seek care, including heart attacks and strokes, following postponement or cancellation of nonessential procedures.

May 14, 2020

Lawmakers Recognize PA Hospitals during National Hospital Week

The state Senate and House introduced resolutions recognizing this week as “National Hospital Week” in the commonwealth. The resolutions highlight the critical role hospitals and their employees play in delivering vital health care and improving the quality of life in Pennsylvania communities.

May 12, 2020

Help Us Honor and Thank PA Health Care Heroes

We know that every day Pennsylvania’s health care workers—clinical, administrative, environmental services, and culinary services—are going above and beyond the call of duty to help their patients and colleagues. In an effort to honor these individuals during National Hospital Week, National Nurses Month, and beyond, HAP is collecting stories of courage and resilience.

May 12, 2020

CMS Issues Proposed Payment Policies with Transparency Provisions

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule for fiscal year 2021 Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System.