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2019–2020 State and Federal Legislative Advocacy Agenda

Doctor looking at futuristic picture on computerPriorities that support public investment in the health care of the future

  • Advocate to maintain comprehensive, affordable health coverage, including expanded Medicaid coverage, and to oppose Administrative policies that weaken coverage within the health insurance marketplace
  • Invest essential state and federal resources into health care and protect Medicaid payments in the 2019–2020 state budget
  • Allow hospitals to leverage resources, such as the 340B Drug Pricing Program, to better serve vulnerable patients and communities across the commonwealth
  • Strengthen funding for innovative investments in rural health care, including support for the Rural Global Budget
  • Protect the tax-exempt status of not-for-profit hospitals and prevent state tax policy changes harmful to investor-owned hospitals

Initiatives to provide the right care in the right place at the right time

  • Advocate to address unreasonable payor policies and practices, reduce unnecessary provider burdens, expedite credentialing, and improve access to patient care
  • Advocate for legislation, regulatory changes, and/or reimbursement enhancements necessary to alleviate emergency department holds and quickly connect patients to the most appropriate care
  • medical model of a man's bodyUpdate the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCARE) Act to reflect modern, team-based approaches to securing patients’ informed consent prior to surgeries and other procedures
  • Improve patient access to Pennsylvania’s best specialists by ensuring consistent coverage of telemedicine services
  • Reduce statutory and regulatory barriers that thwart clinical integration, including modernizing fraud and abuse laws
  • Engage Pennsylvania’s nurse community to determine effective strategies, including nurse staffing, to continue to improve hospital safety and quality and reinforce population health
  • Continue work with policymakers to best leverage available resources to hospitals and other providers to address the opioid epidemic, and ensure that policymakers seek treatment supported by the best clinical data available
  • Advocate to provide relief from regulatory burdens that do not contribute to patient care
  • Protect patients from unanticipated bills for services provided in facilities they know to be “in-network” as part of their insurance plan and support hospitals in pursuing meaningful price transparency
  • Promote consistency in value-based payment (VBP) design and measurement efforts

Efforts to produce and retain doctors and nurses in Pennsylvania

  • Young male doctor smilingProtect our health care workers by allowing the omission of health care practitioners’ names from their ID badges and/or secure enactment of legislation to increase penalties for assaults on health care practitioners
  • Modernize Pennsylvania’s nursing law so that advanced practice nurses can move toward full practice authority consistent with their training
  • Enact medical liability reform, including preventing enactment of a state false claims act, and improving protections for hospitals and physicians providing emergency care
  • Support initiatives to develop a workforce pipeline necessary for the future needs of health care and sustain programs that train doctors and nurses, including Graduate Nurse Education, and support initiatives to train primary care health practitioners

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Topics: Access to Care, Federal Advocacy, Insurance, Medicaid, Medical Liability, Population Health, Regulatory Advocacy, Rural Health Care, State Advocacy, Substance Use Disorder, Tax-exempt Status, Workforce

Revision Date: 12/1/2018

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