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Hospital-backed CARE Act Aims to Improve Patients’ Home Recoveries, Heads to Governor for Signing

April 12, 2016

Today the Pennsylvania State House concurred on Senate amendments to House Bill 1329. The bill establishes the Caregiver, Advise, Record and Enable (CARE) Act, and now goes to the Governor for his signature.

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PA Patient Safety Authority Names New Executive Director

April 11, 2016

The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Board of Directors named a new executive director, Regina M. Hoffman, formerly the director of its Patient Safety Liaison (PSL) program.

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Johns Hopkins Recognizes HAP’s Work to Improve Health Outcomes for Ventilator Patients and Help Hospitals Push Harm to Zero

April 08, 2016

Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality has recognized The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) for its efforts to improve clinical care outcomes and decrease potential harm for patients who need ventilators.

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CMS Takes Next Step with ED Survey, Providers Voice Concerns about Pain Questions

April 06, 2016

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking for consultants who can help field a national survey about patients' experiences in Emergency Departments (ED). CMS recently released a "sources sought” document, which is usually the first step in assessing the availability of contracted resources to complete such work.

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2016 Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge Begins Today

April 01, 2016

Starting today, Pennsylvania hospitals begin their 2016 efforts to educate and create awareness among their employees and throughout their communities about the life-saving importance of organ donation.

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Identification of Dementia Patients in Critical Health Care Settings

March 29, 2016

A new article released by the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority in its March Advisory highlights safety concerns and “near miss” events that occurred because hospital staff and other providers were unaware of a patient’s dementia diagnosis.

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CMS Announces New Payment Model for Nursing Facility Care; Western PA Collaborative Recognized for Success in Reducing Avoidable Hospitalizations

March 25, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced phase two of the Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents.

After demonstrating strong success in phase one, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Community Provider Services was selected as one of six enhanced care and coordination providers to be awarded a cooperative agreement for the four-year payment phase.

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U.S. House Passes Bill to Ensure Fairness in Merger Reviews

March 24, 2016

Legislation that would provide for fair and consistent review of transactions by federal antitrust agencies passed the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday by a vote of 235-171.

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2015–2016 State Budget Passes without Governor’s Signature; PA Hospitals Fully Funded

March 23, 2016

Governor Wolf announced today that he will let House Bill 1801—the approximately $7 billion 2015–2016 state budget package—go into effect without his signature.

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PA Hospitals Improve Opioid Medication Safety

March 21, 2016

Hospitals and other health care providers in Pennsylvania have dramatically improved the safety of the way opioid medications are prescribed and administered.

Based on data reported to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System, the Patient Safety Authority analyzed medication errors that included any opioid as the drug prescribed or administered.

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2016 PA Donate Life Hospital Challenge Kicked off in Harrisburg

March 16, 2016

Joint News Release:  A collaborative organ donation awareness effort of HAP, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), the Gift of Life Donor Program, and hospitals and health systems across the state, was kicked off and celebrated on March 14 in Harrisburg.

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Patient Safety Awareness Week Puts Spotlight on Provider and Consumer Partnerships, Make Health Care a Team Approach

March 14, 2016

Health care providers have primary responsibility for ensuring that patients have a safe health care experience, regardless of the health care setting...

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CMS Proposes New Value-Oriented Prescription Drug Payment Model

March 11, 2016

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a proposed rule to test a new model for how Medicare Part B pays for prescription drugs provided to patients in outpatient settings in hopes it will lead to a reduction in Medicare expenditures while preserving or enhancing the quality of care.

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Study Finds Physicians Spend Billions Each Year to Report Quality Measures, Supports HAP’s Call for Simplification of Quality Metrics

March 08, 2016

A recent Health Affairs article reports on a study that found physician practices each week spend more than 15 hours per physician to track and report quality measures at an estimated cost of at least $15.4 billion a year. 


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Pennsylvania Hospitals Exceed National Baseline in Reduction of Health Care-associated Infections

March 03, 2016

Pennsylvania hospitals are making significant progress reducing three health care-associated infections (HAI), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) annual Healthcare-associated Infections Progress Report.

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