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News Release: Latest PHC4 Report Shows Drop in Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations

April 26, 2018

News Release:  The latest Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) report highlights the important work that hospitals are doing to help consumers maintain optimal health and delay disease progression. The report, released today, found that during the past decade—fiscal year (FY) 2009 through FY 2017—the rate of potentially preventable hospitalizations dropped by 28 percent.

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Hospital Supporter Senator Baker Recognizes PA Hospitals on Senate Floor

April 25, 2018

Today, the Pennsylvania Senate adopted a resolution recognizing the week of May 6–12, 2018, as “National Hospital Week” in the commonwealth. Sponsored by Senator Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne), Senate Resolution 351 highlights the critical role hospitals play in delivering vital health care and improving the quality of life in Pennsylvania communities.

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Patient Experience Week is April 23–27, 2018

April 24, 2018

Pennsylvania health care providers and consumers have the opportunity to celebrate Patient Experience Week April 2327, 2018. This annual event, organized by The Beryl Institute, provides a focused time for organizations to celebrate accomplishments, reenergize efforts, and honor individuals who impact the patient experience every day.

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HAP Encourages Conversations about End-of-Life Care Today and Every Day

April 16, 2018

April 16–22 is a week devoted to discussing end-of-life care. During National Healthcare Decisions Day, HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals encourage individuals to use this day as an opportunity to discuss end-of-life care preferences.

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Study Finds Antibiotic-Resistant Infection Treatment Costs Have Doubled Since 2002

March 26, 2018

A study published in Heath Affairs found that between 2002–2014, an estimated 14 million infections occurred each year in U.S. civilian non-institutionalized adults, and 1.2 million of them were due to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 11–17, 2018

March 12, 2018

Pennsylvania health care providers and consumers have the opportunity to celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week March 11–17, 2018. This annual event, organized by the National Patient Safety Foundation is designed to create awareness about patient safety and to empower consumers to take an active role in their health care. The focus this year is on patient engagement and safety culture.

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New PHC4 Report Shows Pennsylvania Hospitals Making Progress to Address Clostridium difficile Infections

March 01, 2018

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) today released a report assessing the Pennsylvania hospital community’s progress to reduce Clostridium difficile infections (CDI).

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HAP Achievement Awards Winner Spotlight: UPMC Susquehanna

February 02, 2018

UPMC Susquehanna received a HAP Achievement Award for improving maternity care and surgical instrument tracking.

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Consumers Urged to Get Flu Vaccine and Know the Symptoms of Sepsis

February 02, 2018

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that more people are currently hospitalized with the flu than at the peak of the 2014–2015 flu season. Leaders are urging people to get the flu vaccine.

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HAP Achievement Awards Winner Spotlight: Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center

January 25, 2018

Pennsylvania is home to some of the most cutting-edge hospitals in the country. This week we’re sharing two award-winning programs developed by Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center that improved patient care in the Oncology Intensive Care Unit and reduced hospital-acquired pneumonia.

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HAP Hosts Webinar about IV Fluids and Medication Shortages

November 20, 2017

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) recently hosted a webinar, “Insights for Medical Considerations in Management of the Growing IV and Medication Shortage" in response to the shortages of IV fluids.

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Today is World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day

November 16, 2017

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) has named November 16 as World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day to heighten awareness about the serious implications of pressure injuries. An estimated 60,000 people in the United States die annually from complications stemming from pressure injuries, with pressure injury costs approaching $11 billion per year. 

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CMS Administrator Announces Effort to Reduce Providers’ Reporting Burden

November 03, 2017

Earlier this week, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma announced a new initiative to reduce the burden placed on providers to report on quality measures. “Meaningful Measures” will involve CMS assessing only core issues that are the most vital to providing high-quality care and improving patient outcomes.

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Joint News Release: HAP Donate Life Hospital Challenge Top Performers, Designations Announced

November 01, 2017

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), Gift of Life Donor Program, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) today announced the top hospitals and health systems of the 2017 HAP Donate Life Hospital Challenge.

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Leapfrog Group Issues Report on Hospital Safety

October 31, 2017

Today, the Leapfrog Group has released its 2017 Hospital Safety Grades report that scores hospitals with letter grades to assess infection prevention and cleanliness, support of “strong health care teams,” and error prevention. The report is one of many quality resources that supply information for health care consumers and patients.

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