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HAP’s Achievement Award Spotlight: Good Shepherd Penn Partners

July 12, 2019

Prevention initiatives are a significant aspect of the critical work that hospitals in Pennsylvania do to provide better care for their patients. Good Shepherd Penn Partners is making award-winning progress with their initiatives.

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The Economic Cost of Cancer

July 11, 2019

Cancer prevention, screening, and early treatment may yield a more profound impact on the economy than previously realized. A new study published in JAMA Oncology estimates that individuals between the ages of 16 and 84 who died of cancer in the United States during 2015 account for more than $94 billion in lost earnings.

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HAP’s Achievement Award Spotlight: Fox Chase Cancer Center

July 10, 2019

Hospitals all throughout Pennsylvania are implementing inspiring initiatives to bring better care to their patients. One facility that is making award-winning progress is Fox Chase Cancer Center.

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The Effect of Policy Changes on ACA Insurers—A National Perspective

July 08, 2019

As the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains under discussion, new reports are looking at how insurers selling individual plans, despite policy changes, have continued to remain profitable.

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Governor Wolf Signs State-Based Health Insurance Exchange Legislation

July 02, 2019

HAP President and CEO Andy Carter joined Governor Tom Wolf, lawmakers, and stakeholders for the signing of House Bill 3, which creates the Health Insurance Exchange Authority to operate a state-based health insurance exchange for individual market plans. 

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Governor Signs Bills to Streamline the Processing of Physician Assistant Written Agreement Approvals

July 02, 2019

Governor Tom Wolf signed two bills into law that clarify that a third-party delegate can assist in the process of physician assistant agreements under the Department of State’s Pennsylvania Licensing System.

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2019–2020 State Budget Retains Tobacco Settlement Fund Payments for Hospitals; Important Health Care Bills on Way to Governor

June 28, 2019

Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania General Assembly agreed to an almost $34 billion budget for the 2019–2020 state fiscal year. Of importance to hospitals and their patients and communities, the budget ensures programs funded from the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) continue to be fully funded. This includes support for hospitals to care for vulnerable patients through uncompensated care or extraordinary expense payments, as well as funds for CURE grants supporting health research.

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Support Builds for Strengthening Health Care Workforce to Respond to Opioid Epidemic

June 27, 2019

Federal legislation to strengthen the health care workforce serving on the front lines of the nation’s opioid epidemic earned the approval of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee in a legislative mark-up on Wednesday, and will now await consideration before the full House.

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HAP, Members Testify in Opposition to Venue Rule Change

June 26, 2019

HAP, members, and stakeholders testified this week in opposition to a proposed change to venue reform. The Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) held a two-day hearing about the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Civil Procedural Rules Committee proposal to change the medical professional liability venue reform adopted during 2002.

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Trump Administration Issues Order Relating to Hospital Price Transparency

June 25, 2019

In an executive order issued Monday, the Trump Administration directed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other agencies to develop rules requiring hospitals to disclose prices that reflect what insurers pay for services. The rules also will require health care providers and insurers to disclose out-of-pocket costs that consumers will face before they receive health care services.

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Survey Highlights the Benefits of Telehealth in Rural Communities

June 24, 2019

A recent survey by National Public Radio (NPR), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health sheds new light on the struggles rural families face with affordability and accessibility of vital health care services.

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Tackling Food Insecurity Requires Commitment from Everyone

June 21, 2019

This week, several state leaders emphasized the importance of partnership efforts to address hunger insecurity. HAP's social determinants of health collaborative and COACH initiative are fully engaged.

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Health Care Costs Legislation Moves Toward Committee Consideration; Includes Patient Protections

June 20, 2019

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee took steps to advance a package of policies that address health care costs—including a policy to protect patients from surprise medical bills.

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Pennsylvania Health Care Providers Join Forces to Emphasize Importance of Medicaid

June 18, 2019

Leaders from organizations representing Pennsylvania health care providers reinforced the importance of Medicaid during meetings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  

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HAP Endorsed Partner Vizient Teams Up with Civica Rx to Improve Affordability and Availability of Generic Drugs

June 18, 2019

One of HAP’s endorsed partners, Vizient, will be collaborating with Civica Rx, a not-for-profit generic drug company that is committed to stabilizing the supply of essential generic medications in a hospital setting.

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