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Health Care Stakeholders and Payors Weigh in on Future of Value-based Payment

May 21, 2019

A recently released survey indicates nearly two-thirds of responding health care stakeholders and payors believe the transformation to value-based payment is likely another three to five years away.

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National Hospital Week Celebrates Pennsylvania Hospitals

May 08, 2019

Lawmakers in Harrisburg have unanimously adopted companion resolutions recognizing National Hospital Week, which will take place May 12–18, 2019.

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Annual Graduate Medical Education Day Brings Residency Shortages to the Forefront

May 06, 2019

Today in Washington, D.C., hospital advocates participated in the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) Graduate Medical Education (GME) Day of Action to reinforce the importance of Congressional support for residency programs, workforce initiatives, and learning opportunities across the United States, in an effort to meet society’s ever-evolving health care needs.

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Legislation Reintroduced to Strengthen the Workforce to Respond to the Opioid Epidemic

May 03, 2019

Building on sustained efforts at the federal level to address the opioid epidemic over the last two Congressional sessions, federal lawmakers reinitiated a bipartisan effort to strengthen the health care workforce’s ability to respond to the opioid crisis by incentivizing the training of more addiction specialists.

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News Release: HAP Announces 2019 Achievement Award Winners

April 24, 2019

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) announces its 2019 Achievement Award recipients.

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Medicare Advantage Enrollees May Have More Access to Telehealth Services

April 17, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a final rule updating the Medicare Advantage program to allow for innovative plan design and more choices for patients. The popularity of Medicare Advantage plans has been on the rise and new flexibilities, including additional telehealth and nontraditional benefits will likely continue this trend. 

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HAP Encourages Conversations about End-of-Life Care Today and Every Day

April 16, 2019

April 16 has been designated as National Healthcare Decisions Day in an effort to educate and empower individuals and providers about the importance of advance care planning. HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals encourage individuals to use this day as an opportunity to discuss end-of-life care preferences. 

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Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative Set for April Launch; Hospitals Join Forces to Improve Mom and Baby Outcomes

April 08, 2019

The Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative will launch during April, with a focus on reducing maternal mortality and improving care for pregnant and postpartum women and newborns affected by opioids. Hospitals are encouraged to join the PA PQC by April 17 and to register for the first Learning Collaborative session.

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Report Finds Hospital Admissions for Influenza Increased 62 Percent

March 28, 2019

According to a research brief released by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), the number of influenza (Flu) hospitalizations in Pennsylvania increased 62 percent (from 5,328 in FY 2017 to 8,647 in FY 2018). The most recent five-year trend (FY 2014–2018) shows substantial variation in the number of hospital admissions for Flu, a pattern that is similar to national trends.

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PA House Continues Work on Workforce Development, Advancing Several Bills

March 26, 2019

As a part of the bipartisan state initiative to ensure the professional stability and economic success of every Pennsylvanian, House Republican leaders have recently passed several workforce development bills.

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U.S. HHS Leader Azar Pledges Historic Regulatory Reforms During 2019

March 20, 2019

Federal Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar addressed health care attorneys this week about the role that regulatory reform plays in better health care at a lower cost.

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Prepare to Celebrate Patient Experience Week during April

March 19, 2019

Pennsylvania health care providers and consumers have the opportunity to celebrate Patient Experience Week April 22–26, 2019. This annual event provides a focused time for organizations to celebrate accomplishments, re-energize efforts, and honor individuals who have impacted the patient experience in health care every day.

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AHA Releases Report, Resources on Telehealth

March 01, 2019

The American Hospital Association (AHA) Center for Health Innovation released the second in a series of new market intelligence tools for hospital and health system leaders. Telehealth: A Path to Virtual Integrated Care is based on information and insights from interviews with hospital and health system leaders and other health care experts, surveys of hospital and health systems, and a number of health care reports and research articles.

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Workforce Stability, Work Requirements, and Minimum Wage Dominate Senate Appropriations Hearing

February 25, 2019

The Department of Labor and Industry, led by Secretary W. Gerard Oleksiak, testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee during this morning’s budget hearing.

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House Bill Would Address Problems with Health Professionals’ Credentialing Process

February 22, 2019

HAP is supporting legislation to improve Pennsylvania's credentialing process for health care practitioners. 

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