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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 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.

September 14, 2020

Hearing Stakeholders’ Concerns, CMS Withdraws Medicaid Regulation

In a tweet today, Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Administration would withdraw a proposed Medicaid regulation which stakeholders cautioned would have significant consequences, putting economic pressure on states and negatively impacting Medicaid beneficiaries across the country.

September 04, 2020

U.S. House Leaders Press HHS to Stop Drug Companies from Undermining the 340B Program

Yesterday, Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Health Subcommittee Chair Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chair Diana DeGette (D-CO) sent a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar expressing strong concerns about recent actions taken by drug manufacturers that undermine the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

September 04, 2020

New HHS Action Plan Outlines Trump Administration’s Coordinated Rural Health Strategy

This week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new action plan focused on rural health care as part of its response to President Trump’s August 3 rural health Executive Order. This assessment, a product of the HHS Rural Task Force, is HHS’ first in-depth look at rural health care in more than 18 years. 

September 03, 2020

Federal Agencies Join Forces to Focus on Telehealth and Broadband Access

This week, the Federal Communications Commission, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the co-signing of a Memorandum of Understanding combining their efforts to expand broadband, which would increase access to telehealth in rural America.

August 18, 2020

Hospital Community Continues to Push for Timely Relief from Accelerated Payments

Hospitals are urging action by policymakers in Washington, D.C. as loans provided under the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Programs are scheduled to start to be repaid, many as early as the end of this month. Recoupment of the loans will be made in the form of lost Medicare payments, at a time when hospitals are still absorbing the significant financial impact of COVID-19, facing reduced revenue as patients remain reluctant to seek care, and preparing for a potential resurgence of COVID-19 during the fall and winter.

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