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New York Times Points to Hospital Engagement Networks as Leaders in Patient Safety

February 04, 2016

The New York Times recently featured an opinion piece that takes a deep dive on the topic of patient safety and covers the work of Hospital Engagement Networks (HEN).

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Data Analyst, Clinical Project Manager Join HAP Team in the New Year

February 01, 2016

News Release: Effective in January, Peter Nguyen began his role as Data Analyst at HAP. In this role, Nguyen is responsible for identifying and designing database requirements. 

Effective February 1, Jody Harclerode started at the association as the newest member of HAP’s clinical quality team. As Clinical Project Manager, Harclerode is responsible for working with HAP’s staff, members, and stakeholders and partners to successfully implement both HAP’s and the Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network’s quality initiatives to collectively reduce patient harm and readmissions.

 

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Integration of Care, Technology, and Patient-Centered Care are Key to Tackling Chronic Conditions

January 27, 2016

The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania recently reinforced the importance of identifying avenues to improve care for individuals with chronic conditions. The association issued a response to policy options suggested by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chronic Care Working Group.

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HAP Comments on CMS’ Proposed Discharge Planning Requirements

January 05, 2016

HAP submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed rule to revise the discharge planning requirements that hospitals and home health agencies must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

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HAP Submits Comments on CMS Patient Safety Standards; Stresses Flexibility

December 21, 2015

HAP submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on patient safety provisions. The provisions were contained in the proposed rule on notice of benefits and payment parameters for 2017, for qualified health plan issuers. These are the health insurance plans that operate in the federal insurance marketplace.

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SE PA Hospitals Saving More Lives for Ten Common Health Conditions

December 16, 2015

Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council’s (PHC4) Hospital Performance Report 2014 shows hospitals in southeastern Pennsylvania (SE PA) and across the state are saving more lives and reducing readmissions.

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New Report finds Pennsylvania Hospitals are Saving Lives, Improving Care

December 16, 2015

A new hospital performance report issued by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) found that Pennsylvania hospitals are saving more lives and reducing the percentage of patients who have to return to the hospital for further treatment after their release.

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New State Report Shows Hospitals are Significantly Improving Quality

December 16, 2015

News Release: A wide range of hospital quality improvement efforts are paying off in the form of saved lives and reductions in readmissions as documented in a new report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4).

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Pennsylvania Hospitals Contribute to National Health Care Cost Savings, Decline in Infections

December 02, 2015

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new report that cites the success of national patient safety efforts from 2010 until 2014.

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Report Finds Improved Outcomes, Patient Experiences at Pennsylvania Hospitals

November 25, 2015

According to the Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance’s State of the State: Hospital Performance in Pennsylvania 2015, Pennsylvania hospitals improved their performance in the areas of process, outcomes and patient experiences from 2013–2014.

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Philly Area's Top Patient Safety Initiatives for 2015 Honored

November 19, 2015

News Release: Innovative patient safety initiatives from Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and Doylestown Hospital were honored at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council (DVHC) of The Hospital & Healthsystem of Pennsylvania (HAP) held on November 6, 2015, in King of Prussia, PA.

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Behavioral Health Priorities Advance Thanks to U.S. Senators’ Leadership

November 18, 2015

Two bills addressing behavioral health priorities—prenatal opioid abuse and infant opioid dependency, and access to emergency psychiatric care—have cleared the U.S. House and await signature into law.

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PA Committee Advances Bill to Fully Engage Patients’ Caregivers in Health Care Process

November 17, 2015

The Senate Aging and Youth Committee unanimously approved the Care Act, House Bill 1329, which reinforces the concept that patients and families are best served when a patient’s health care team and caregiver(s) are in close contact as a patient is being released from the hospital.

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National Family Caregivers Month Reminds Us to Say Thank You and Provide Respite for Those Who Give So Much

November 04, 2015

November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the nation’s 90 million family caregivers. These individuals play a vital role in providing care to loved ones every day.

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Study Shows Higher Health Care Costs for Dementia Patients in Last Five Years of Life; Care Coordination Critical

November 02, 2015

A new study focuses on health care costs for patients with dementia in the last five years of life. Dementia is best defined as a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking, and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily activities.

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