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HAP Statement on Telemedicine Legislation

October 18, 2018

Despite earning unanimous approval from the full state Senate and the state House Professional Licensure Committee—as well as support from healt...

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Uninsured Rates for Lowest Income Pennsylvanians Have Decreased More than 50 Percent Since Medicaid Expansion

October 18, 2018

While disparities in insurance rates by income levels remain, they have diminished significantly, in Pennsylvania largely due to Medicaid expansion efforts. This information was recently shared in a research brief, Healthcare Insurance Coverage in Pennsylvania 2010 to 2016, prepared by The Pennsylvania State Data Center at Penn State Harrisburg.

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PA Telemedicine Law Fails to Advance During Last Session Day

October 18, 2018

Despite earning unanimous approval from the full state Senate and the state House Professional Licensure Committee—as well as support from health care advocates across the commonwealth—Senate Bill 780, sponsored by Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), was not able to clear its final legislative hurdle today, the end of the 2017–2018 legislative session.

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New Report Focuses on Experiences of the Most Seriously Ill

October 17, 2018

A new report looks at how those with the most serious illnesses are managing in America, and calls on health care providers and insurers to look at underlying issues that impact the outcome of their life experiences.

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New PHC4 Report Shows Opioids Contributed to One in 37 PA Hospitalizations During 2017

October 16, 2018

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) today released a research brief detailing trends related to the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania. The report found that hospitalizations related to opioids—primary and co-occurring conditions—accounted for one in 37 hospitalizations during 2017.

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New CDC Progress Report about National HAI Prevention Efforts

October 16, 2018

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published its 2016 National and State Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Progress Report. The report, the first to measure year-to-year progress using 2015 as the baseline year, provides state- and national-level data about certain HAIs that occurred during 2016 in four health care settings. The baseline was recently updated to take into account advancements in HAI prevention and updated National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) definitions. This more current baseline allows for a more realistic and meaningful view of progress.

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New PHC4 Financial Analysis 2017 Report on Ambulatory Surgery Centers

October 15, 2018

Late last week, the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) released its Financial Analysis 2017 about the financial health of the state’s ambulatory surgery centers (ASC). ASCs are health care facilities focused on providing same-day surgical care.

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International Infection Prevention Week | Protecting Patients Everywhere

October 15, 2018

This week HAP, Pennsylvania hospitals, and the health care community worldwide are observing International Infection Prevention Week, October 14–20, 2018. This year’s theme is "Protecting Patients Everywhere." Infection prevention practices should not only occur in acute care hospitals but also in outpatient areas such as doctor’s offices, clinics, surgical centers, and behavioral health and rehabilitation hospitals.

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Large Mass Casualty Exercise Tests Southeast’s Preparedness

October 12, 2018

More than 100 patients flooded the halls of Philadelphia area hospitals on Thursday after an explosive device detonated at a large Philadelphia area sports stadium. While the explosion was a simulation, the test that more than 35 agencies—including 18 hospitals and providers—faced was real.

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Pennsylvania General Assembly Passes Organ Donation Legislation

October 11, 2018

State house lawmakers gave unanimous approval this week to Senate Bill 180, which updates Pennsylvania’s 1996 organ donation law to reflect medical advances and adjust organ recovery protocols.

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Federal Legislation to Improve Prescription Drug Transparency Signed into Law

October 11, 2018

Yesterday, federal legislation that will help American consumers better afford prescription medications was signed by the President. The bipartisan legislation comprised of two bills, the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act and Know the Lowest Price Act of 2018, prohibits “gag clauses” that prevent pharmacists from telling consumers if they could save money by buying prescription drugs out-of-pocket rather than using their health insurance.

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Mental Illness Awareness Week Emphasizes Screening and Eliminating Stigma

October 10, 2018

During 1990, Congress established Mental Illness Awareness Week. The first week in October marks a time for mental health advocates to collectively educate the public about mental illness and fight the stigma attached to this illness. The week also includes National Depression Screening Day, dedicated to raising awareness and screening people for depression and related mood and anxiety disorders.

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New Health Care Codes for Human Trafficking will Help Plan Treatment and Build Services

October 09, 2018

Recently, several new ICD-10 codes took effect that allow health providers to report suspected or known cases of different kinds of trafficking including labor trafficking and sex trafficking. Health care providers are often among the first or single points of connection for these individuals. 

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October is Health Literacy Month; Engage for Health for Better Outcomes and a More Positive Experience

October 08, 2018

October is Health Literacy Month and an excellent opportunity to focus on the importance of patient and family literacy toward achieving better patient outcomes and providing a more positive patient experience.

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month Calls for Shared Responsibility

October 05, 2018

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).The NCSAM theme for 2018 is “Our Shared Responsibility,” which emphasizes that cyberspace cannot be secured without the help of all users.

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