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HAP Applauds Introduction of Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Legislation

April 18, 2017

News Release: The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s (HAP) President and CEO Andy Carter today joined providers, advocates, and lawmakers from across the commonwealth to praise the introduction of legislation to codify Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) as an option for patients and their families.

 

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House Appropriations Subcommittee Evaluates Response to Opioid Crisis; HAP to Hold Regional Workshops on the Issue

April 06, 2017

The U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies recently held a hearing to evaluate the federal response to the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic and learn how to coordinate federal funding to support effective efforts to help impacted families.

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Survey Finds Small Physician Groups Need Help with MACRA Implementation

April 05, 2017

A new survey commissioned by Healthcare Informatics shows that, despite the slower pacing of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), many small physician groups are not fully prepared for its implementation during 2017.

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State House Health Committee Passes Bill to Streamline Physician Credentialing

April 04, 2017

After debate as well as questions from members of the committee, Pennsylvania’s House Health Committee voted to advance House Bill 125, the Health Care Practitioner Credentialing Act. The HAP-supported legislation would establish a streamlined process for insurance credentialing for health care practitioners.

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National Doctors' Day is a Day to Thank Pennsylvania Physicians

March 30, 2017

HAP thanks Pennsylvania’s nearly 47,000 physicians, many of whom are working to improve the health of patients and communities in hospitals and health systems across the state and is providing education and information on important physician issues.

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AAMC Annual Report: Projected Shortfall of Physicians Continues to Grow

March 20, 2017

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently released an updated report that projects that, for the third consecutive year, physician demand will continue to grow faster than the U.S. supply of physicians.

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Pennsylvania Tightens Medication Rules to Help Combat Opioid Crisis

March 07, 2017

Yesterday, Governor Wolf announced increased regulatory oversight by Department of Human Services (DHS) to ensure appropriate utilization of medically assisted treatment (MAT) by Medicaid providers. 

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U.S. House Committee Seeks to Tackle Health Care Costs through Liability Reform

February 28, 2017

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee today advanced comprehensive medical liability reform legislation intended to improve access to quality, affordable health care. The Congressional Budget Office said the reforms would reduce the federal deficit by tens of billions of dollars over the next decade.

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Quality Up, Mortality and Readmission Rates Down for Heart Surgery Patients in PA

January 31, 2017

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) today said that a new report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) shows improvements in the safety and quality of heart surgeries performed by Pennsylvania physicians in Pennsylvania hospitals.

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Physician Burnout Trends Continue to Increase Across the U.S.

January 11, 2017

The newly released “Medscape Lifestyle Report 2017: Race and Ethnicity, Bias and Burnout,” indicates that physician burnout rates continue to trend upward. Since 2013, the rate has increased from 40 percent to 51 percent, which represents a more than 25 percent increase in four years.

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HAP Launches Effort to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

December 15, 2016

HAP—through its Hospital Improvement Innovation Network and in partnership with The Health Care Improvement Foundation and Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network—has launched a three-year effort to reduce hospital readmissions.

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Hospitals Thank Our Veterans for Their Service and Work to Connect Them to Health Care Jobs

November 11, 2016

As the nation celebrates Veterans Day, one of the ways we can support these men and women is to create a path to civilian careers. Veterans who have medical backgrounds are excellent candidates for health care jobs. 

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HHS Requires More Information About Clinical Trials

September 19, 2016

To make information about clinical trials more widely available, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule specifying additional information to be submitted by researchers conducting clinical trials. 

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Provider, Patient Partnerships Key to Improving Health Outcomes

September 09, 2016

Patient, author, and engagement advocate, Tiffany Christensen, asked the nearly 175 hospital and health care professionals at HAP’s Annual Patient Safety & Quality Symposium to focus on partnering with their patients in their efforts to improve health outcomes.

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Loan Repayment Available to Doctors Who Serve in a Shortage Areas

August 26, 2016

The National Health Service Corps Students to Service Loan Repayment Program is accepting applications from medical and dental students who are in their final year of school and who will commit to provide primary health care services for at least three years in a Health Professional Shortage Area.

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