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HAP Announces 2016 Achievement Award Winners

August 18, 2016

News Release:  Pennsylvania hospitals continuously work to adopt and implement forward-thinking initiatives in order to provide high-quality, more affordable health care to patients. HAP recognizes these innovative efforts through its respected Achievement Awards program, which began in 1978. Twelve winning submissions were selected this year.

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U.S. Senate Committee Reviews Health Care Fraud Laws; Complex and Impeding Care Integration

July 12, 2016

As federal policymakers continue to press for transformational change in our health care system toward value-based payment, a U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing—Examining the Stark Law: Current Issues and Opportunities—highlighted how existing health care fraud laws are inhibiting clinical integration, stifling innovation, and impeding the ultimate goal of high quality, cost-effective health care.

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Three-Bill Opioid Package Passes PA House of Representatives with Ease

June 23, 2016

Today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives continued their effort to curb the opioid abuse epidemic in Pennsylvania by passing a package of three bills. HAP commended the action.

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Federal Government Will Provide Funds to Help States Implement Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

June 20, 2016

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will provide funding to help states implement the new Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.

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Hospital, Health System Leaders Share Priorities During Legislative Visits

June 08, 2016

Pennsylvania’s hospital and healthsystem leaders met with key staff in the State House and Senate and the Governor’s office to discuss important issues surrounding the state budget and other policy issues.

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State and Federal Officials Brief Media on MCR-1 Gene in E. coli Bacteria

May 31, 2016

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hosted a briefing call for state and national media about the discovery of the MCR-1 gene in a Pennsylvania woman.

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PA Hospitals’ Economic Contributions Grow to $115B, Up $4B from 2014

May 17, 2016

News Release: With a healthy economy high on the public’s list of priorities during this presidential election year, HAP releases its 2015 economic impact analysis showing that Pennsylvania hospitals continue to be a major contributor to the state and local economies.

All hospitals—not-for-profit and investor-owned combined—contributed nearly $115 billion to local and state economies during 2015, an increase of $4 billion from 2014.

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HAP Speaks about Curbing Opioid, Heroin Abuse at U.S. Senator Toomey Event

April 29, 2016

News Release: HAP voices concern that linking value-based incentives to patient satisfaction in pain management may be a factor in the opioid crisis.

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New Report Reinforces Need to Invest in PA’s Doctors and Nurses, HAP Supports Proposals to Address Shortages

April 07, 2016

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently released an updated report that analyzes the capacity of our future health care workforce to meet the increasing demand for health care services.

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CMS Takes Next Step with ED Survey, Providers Voice Concerns about Pain Questions

April 06, 2016

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking for consultants who can help field a national survey about patients' experiences in Emergency Departments (ED). CMS recently released a "sources sought” document, which is usually the first step in assessing the availability of contracted resources to complete such work.

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PA Hospitals Improve Opioid Medication Safety

March 21, 2016

Hospitals and other health care providers in Pennsylvania have dramatically improved the safety of the way opioid medications are prescribed and administered.

Based on data reported to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System, the Patient Safety Authority analyzed medication errors that included any opioid as the drug prescribed or administered.

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HHS Reaches Goal to Improve Quality and Affordability of Health Care for Americans Almost a Year Early

March 04, 2016

The President has announced that HHS has reached a major milestone in the effort to improve the quality and affordability of care for all Americans almost a year early.

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HAP Comments about Insurance Department’s Draft Surprise Balance Billing Legislation

March 01, 2016

HAP has submitted a comment letter to the Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID) on the PID’s recent draft legislation to address surprise balance billing. HAP prepared the comment letter after careful consultation with its members.

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State House Passes Important Bill to Protect Hospital and Health Care Providers

February 12, 2016

The State House unanimously passed House Bill 1219 (Ward, R-Hollidaysburg), which would raise the penalty for an assault on a health care practitioner in a health care facility. The penalty would increase the offense from a second-degree misdemeanor to a felony.

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National Donor Day Celebrates the Power of Donation; Hospitals Play Key Role in Awareness

February 12, 2016

Sunday, February 14, is National Donor Day. The recognition day provides an opportunity to remind individuals of the life-saving and life-changing power of organ donation. Advocates also educate Pennsylvanians about the need for increased donor registrations. 

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