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President Trump Announces Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices

May 11, 2018

President Donald J. Trump released a blueprint to lower drug prices, identifying immediate actions and opportunities within federal payment programs. Those priorities include increasing competition, improving negotiation, incentivizing lower list prices, and lowering out-of-pocket costs.

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Lawmakers Look to Medicare Advantage Program to Test Health Care Innovation

May 11, 2018

A Congressional committee hearing focused on how the Medicare Advantage program can help improve quality and health outcomes.

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New Report Highlights Integrated Health Approach to Help Youth Impacted by Traumatic Events

May 10, 2018

A new report shows that nearly half of the nation’s children have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. An integrated health approach can help them cope and live healthier lives.

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News Release: HAP Announces 2018 Achievement Award Winners

May 10, 2018

News Release:  The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) annually recognizes innovative hospital through its esteemed Achievement Awards program. Twelve winning programs were selected from 91 entries this year.

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U.S. House Committee Approves Package to Respond to Opioid Crisis

May 09, 2018

Building on areas of agreement, the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee advanced 25 bills intended to help respond to the opioid epidemic.

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National Rural Health Council Announces Rural Health Strategy

May 08, 2018

A new national rural health strategy aims to make rural health care accessible, affordable, and accountable. The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services Rural Health Council (RHC) developed the strategy with rural stakeholder and consumer input.

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CMS’ Verma Shares Vision for Better Health; Identifies Regulatory Reform as Key Piece

May 07, 2018

One of the nation’s top health experts shared her vision for better health care with hospital leaders.

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State Addresses Next Steps to Help Opioid Overdose Patients Get Treatment; HAP Supports Efforts

April 27, 2018

State health care leaders held a news conference about their six regional summits focused on warm hand-off programs. The summits provided a forum to discuss challenges and solutions, and share best practices.

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Promotes Safe Disposal of Dangerous Medications

April 27, 2018

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) urges residents of the commonwealth to take advantage of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, April 28, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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Federal Opioid Packages Advance in Congressional Committees

April 26, 2018

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee and U.S. House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee approved legislative packages designed to take next steps at the federal level to address the opioid epidemic.

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Hospital Supporter Senator Baker Recognizes PA Hospitals on Senate Floor

April 25, 2018

Today, the Pennsylvania Senate adopted a resolution recognizing the week of May 6–12, 2018, as “National Hospital Week” in the commonwealth. Sponsored by Senator Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne), Senate Resolution 351 highlights the critical role hospitals play in delivering vital health care and improving the quality of life in Pennsylvania communities.

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AHA Opposes Short-Term, Limited-Duration Health Insurance Policies; Details Potentially Negative Impact in Comment Letter

April 25, 2018

The American Hospital Association (AHA) this week submitted a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, emphasizing concern surrounding a proposed federal rule amending the definition of short-term, limited-duration health insurance policies. The AHA cautioned the rule would undermine efforts to promote greater enrollment in coverage that provides vital consumer protections, ultimately reducing costs by balancing insurance market risk pools.

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Patient Experience Week is April 23–27, 2018

April 24, 2018

Pennsylvania health care providers and consumers have the opportunity to celebrate Patient Experience Week April 2327, 2018. This annual event, organized by The Beryl Institute, provides a focused time for organizations to celebrate accomplishments, reenergize efforts, and honor individuals who impact the patient experience every day.

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Financial Obstacles Preventing Some Americans from Getting Needed Health Care

April 23, 2018

A new consumer study indicates that many Americans fear the high costs associated with a serious illness more than the illness itself; only 33 percent feared the illness more. Survey findings also identified serious disparities; Hispanic and black Americans and families with lower incomes had greater concerns about medical bills than other Americans did.

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U.S. Continues to Improve Preparedness for Health Emergencies

April 20, 2018

The country’s ability to respond to and recover from any large-scale health emergency is becoming more important as security threats increase in the United States and globally. During 2017, the United States spent more than $300 billion responding to disasters and emergency events.

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