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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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PA Hospitals Support CDC’s Effort to Remind Patients, Communities It’s Not Too Late for a Flu Shot

December 07, 2015

Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) effort to remind Pennsylvanians that it’s not too late for a flu shot. The CDC has designated December 6–12 as National Influenza Vaccination Week, noting that even though the holiday season has arrived, it is not too late to get your flu vaccine.

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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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HAP, PA Hospitals Working to Reduce Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

November 24, 2015

Last week, hospitals and health care organizations participating in the HAP Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network (HAP PA-HEN) launched the next generation of a program to reduce the incidence of catheter-associated urinary tract infections. 

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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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Final Regulations Require Expedited Reporting of Crimes and Disciplinary Action

October 28, 2015

The State Board of Nursing published final regulations for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified registered nurse practitioners, licensed dietitians/nutritionists, and certified nurse specialists.

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Increased Health Care Cost and Quality Information Coming to Pennsylvania

October 22, 2015

In keeping with its commitment to improve health care cost and quality transparency, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department is soliciting proposals for a consulting firm with expertise to create a statewide all payer claims database (APCD). 

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