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Urban Health Care Challenges Spotlighted in Hospital Roundtable with Federal Officials

November 18, 2019

In the wake of the recent closure of Hahnemann University Hospital, Congressman Dwight Evans (D, PA-03)—a member of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee—convened hospitals and health care stakeholders to engage in a conversation with policymakers, including Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D, MA-01), about safeguarding care in urban communities.

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PA Hospitals Concerned about Consumer Confusion if New Price Transparency Rules Adopted, Remain Committed to Helping Consumers

November 15, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued two rules that require hospitals and insurers to make pricing information available to the public. While strongly supporting efforts for greater transparency in health care, Pennsylvania hospitals have concerns about whether the rules will help consumers, saying that mandating the disclosure of privately and competitively-negotiated rates may add to consumer confusion. Hospitals believe that consumers need useful and meaningful information.

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Pennsylvania Performing Well according to Updated Medicaid and CHIP Scorecard

November 14, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued the first annual update to its Medicaid and CHIP scorecard with the addition of new data points, measures, and improved functions to access data. Pennsylvania is performing well.

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New Survey Looks at Public’s Views about Health Reform

November 13, 2019

A recent survey explored the public’s opinion about health reform. 

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HAP Expresses Support for SB 25 During Nurse Practitioner Week

November 12, 2019

In recognition of Nurse Practitioner Week, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) is expressing its support for Senate Bill 25. The bill, sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), would allow certified nurse practitioners (CNP) to practice to the full scope of their license without the need for physician supervision after they have worked under such supervision for three years and 3,600 hours.

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Patient Safety and Organ Donation Efforts Recognized at HAP’s Southeast Connect

November 11, 2019

HAP's 2019 Southeast Connect provided a forum for hospital and health system leaders to network, honor outstanding patient safety and organ donation initiatives, and gain insights into into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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Governor Wolf Proclaims November as Clostridioides Difficile Awareness Month

November 08, 2019

Governor Wolf recently signed a proclamation declaring November as Clostridioides Difficile Infection (CDI) Awareness Month. Along with other state governors, Governor Wolf is raising awareness of a disease that is one of the most common causes of health care-associated infections.

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HAP Hosts Listening Session on Population Health Planning at Meadville Medical Center

November 07, 2019

During a listening session held at Meadville Medical Center, HAP and six hospitals educated regional state legislators about population health and wellness initiatives.

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HAP Urges Pennsylvanians to Take Advantage of Marketplace Open Enrollment

November 07, 2019

During an in-depth segment on NBC10’s @Issue, HAP President and CEO Andy Carter encouraged Pennsylvanians who are uninsured or currently covered through the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace to take advantage of this year’s Open Enrollment. 

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New CDC Report Says Infections in PA Hospitals Decline Significantly from 2015 Baseline

November 06, 2019

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recent report about national and state health care-associated infection rates (HAI) shows declines nationwide and in Pennsylvania.

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3 PA Health Systems Selected for CMS’ AI Challenge

November 05, 2019

Geisinger, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and Jefferson Health were among the 25 participants selected to participate in Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) $1.65 million challenge to use artificial intelligence (AI) to predict unplanned admissions and adverse events.

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CMS Finalizes 2020 Rules Despite Significant Hospital Concerns; Will Issue a Separate Rule on Price Transparency

November 04, 2019

On November 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 2020 final rule for the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System and quality reporting programs.

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ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment Starts Today. What Pennsylvanians Need to Know

November 01, 2019

The six-week Open Enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplace HealthCare.gov runs today through December 15, 2019. Pennsylvanians who get their insurance through the marketplace, or who are uninsured, are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to get covered and stay covered. Despite what you may be hearing about the future of the ACA, these plans still have important consumer protections and benefits and they are available for coverage in 2020.

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Reauthorization of HAP-supported PHC4 Legislation Passes PA Senate, Moves to House

October 31, 2019

The Pennsylvania Senate has passed legislation to reauthorize the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4).  Senate Bill 841, sponsored by Sen. Scott Martin (R-Lancaster), also modernizes the council by updating its powers and duties, and now moves to the House for consideration.

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HAP-supported Telemedicine Bill Secures Senate Approval, Heads to House

October 30, 2019

The State Senate today passed HAP-supported telemedicine legislation, Senate Bill 857, sponsored by Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), and sent the bill to the House for consideration. As passed by the Senate, the bill will ensure broader access to health care services for all Pennsylvanians, especially those in medically underserved areas of the state.

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