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Advocates for Medical Research Call for Investments in the National Institutes of Health

September 14, 2018

A broad coalition of medical research advocates, including researchers and stakeholders representing more than 300 organizations and institutions, are urging Congress to make funding the National Institutes of Health a national priority.

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Senate Banking and Insurance Committee Recommends Acting Insurance Commissioner, Full Senate Follows with Confirmation Vote; Also Confirms Miller, Levine, and Smith

March 20, 2018

Acting Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman received a favorable recommendation from the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee today, paving the way for her final confirmation vote late this afternoon.

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Pennsylvania’s Acting Health Care Secretaries Face Committee for Confirmation

March 19, 2018

Today, Pennsylvania’s Health and Human Services Committee held the next step in the confirmation process to formally place the acting secretaries for Pennsylvania’s three health agencies.

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New Trend Reports Speak to the Nation’s Broken Medical Liability System

January 31, 2018

The American Medical Association has released trend reports that look at the price Americans pay for the nation’s medical liability system.

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Insurance Commissioner Announces No Change in Primary Medical Liability Coverage Limits

September 18, 2017

Pennsylvania’s acting insurance commissioner has announced that she was unable to determine that there is sufficient additional basic insurance capacity to increase the current basic primary limits for calendar years 2018 and 2019.

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U.S. House Backs Comprehensive Medical Liability Reform

June 29, 2017

The U.S. House passed comprehensive medical liability reform legislation to improve access to quality, affordable health care and reduce the burden the liability system places on the health care delivery system.

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PA Coalition for Civil Justice Reform’s New Website

June 08, 2017

The Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform, the statewide organization working to improve the commonwealth’s legal liability climate, today launched its new website. 

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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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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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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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HAP to Play Key Role in New Effort to bring Medical Liability Reform to the Commonwealth

February 03, 2017

In response to longstanding concerns about Pennsylvania’s legal climate, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) has joined with the state’s leading business and medical voices to form the Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform (PCCJR). 

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Former PA Lawmaker, Hospital Advocate to Lead Coalition Seeking to Improve State Civil Justice System

December 19, 2016

High medical liability costs for Pennsylvania's hospitals and physicians prevent job growth, increase health care costs, and limit access to medical care. Former Delaware Valley Healthcare Council of HAP Senior Vice President and retired State Representative, Curt Schroder (R-Chester), has been named executive director of the Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform, which will work to improve the state's civil justice system by elevating awareness of key liability challenges and advocating for legal reform in the legislature and courts.

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PA Medical Liability Case Filings Down More Than 40%, HAP Pushes for Additional Liability Reforms

August 08, 2016

According to the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, medical malpractice case filings have fallen more than 40 percent since the peak of the state’s medical liability crisis during 2000–2002.

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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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U.S. House GOP Releases Policy Paper on Alternative to Affordable Care Act

June 22, 2016

U.S. House Republican leadership released a white paper that outlines recommendations for policies to serve as an alternative to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

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