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November Provides Opportunity to Recognize Millions Who Care for Loved Ones

October 30, 2017

November is National Family Caregivers Month and provides an opportunity to recognize the more than 90 million Americans who are family caregivers for their loved ones; a large number of them providing care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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PHC4 Hospital Performance Report Shows Statewide Improvements in Quality, Outcomes

October 25, 2017

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council's (PHC4) 2016 Hospital Performance Report released today underscores the Pennsylvania hospital community’s continued commitment to providing excellent, cutting-edge care, and working to find new ways to improve its quality and safety measures.

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Providers, Patients Encouraged to "Engage for Health" During Health Literacy Month

October 10, 2017

When patients and their families understand and engage in their health care, they have better outcomes and a more positive experience. October is National Health Literacy Month and HAP encourages providers and patients to learn more about what you can do to better understand your care.

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New Survey Finds 21 Percent of Americans Report Personal Experience with Medical Errors

October 05, 2017

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the National Patient Safety Foundation (IHI) Lucian Leape Institute and NORC at the University of Chicago released survey findings last week demonstrating that, while the vast majority of Americans are having positive experiences with the health care system, 21 percent of adults report having personally experienced a medical error. The survey will be among topics covered next week by IHI’s Patricia McGaffigan, keynote speaker at HAP’s 2017 Patient Safety & Quality Symposium.

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PHC4 Releases Research Brief on Sepsis Hospitalizations in Pennsylvania

October 04, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) released findings from its analysis of sepsis hospitalizations. According to PHC4’s research brief, Sepsis Hospitalizations in Pennsylvania, patients hospitalized with sepsis saw a 28 percent decrease in the average length of stay during 2016 compared to 2008.

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Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month Invites Greater Engagement in Health Care from All

October 02, 2017

October is Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month, providing an opportunity for Pennsylvania hospitals, patients, and families to celebrate the progress made in involving patients and family members as equal partners in their care and to invite even greater engagement.

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U.S. Senate Approves Bipartisan Plan to Improve Care for Seniors with Chronic Conditions

September 27, 2017

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved bipartisan legislation that will improve health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries living with chronic conditions and also will lower costs.

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U.S. House Committee Reviews State Opioid Efforts and Ongoing Challenges

July 12, 2017

In a hearing today, Combating the Opioid Crisis: Battles in the States, Congressional leaders heard testimony from state officials offering insight on successful strategies to address the opioid epidemic and ongoing challenges in prevention and treatment.

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Hospitals Linking Sepsis Cases and Readmissions, Identifying Best Practices and Prevention Efforts

June 29, 2017

Hospitals in Pennsylvania have been working to adopt best practices to more effectively identify and treat sepsis. Because many sepsis survivors require readmission to the hospital, hospitals also are focusing on the links between sepsis and hospital readmissions.

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Newly Released Report Confirms Continued Progress in Sepsis Advances

May 22, 2017

Today in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, released results relating to sepsis and septic shock care. Nearly 50,000 patient records were reviewed for compliance with timely protocol initiation.

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Hospital Supporters Representative Baker and Senator Baker Recognize PA Hospitals During National Hospital Week

May 09, 2017

The state House and Senate adopted resolutions recognizing the week of May 7–13, 2017, as “National Hospital Week."

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Hospitals Fight Antibiotic Resistance, Honor World Hand Hygiene Day

May 05, 2017

Today—May 5—is the World Health Organization’s (WHO) annual global reminder to health care workers to clean their hands at all the right times, every time. Many Pennsylvania hospitals are working together, as part of HAP’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network, to adopt innovative ways to achieve this goal and fight infections, especially those that have developed resistance to antibiotics and antivirals.

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HAP Members: Be Recognized—Submit for 2017 Achievement Awards by May 12

May 03, 2017

It’s no secret that Pennsylvania hospitals are continuously implementing forward-thinking initiatives in order to provide high quality, more affordable health care to patients. HAP’s Achievement Awards, now in its 39th year, provides an opportunity to spotlight that work for your team, organization, and community. 

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PA Awarded $26 Million in Federal Funding to Help Combat Opioid Abuse Crisis

April 20, 2017

US Department of Health and Human Services announced the award of $485 million in grants to help all 50 states and four territories combat opioid addiction. The funding, the first of two rounds provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act, will be provided through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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U.S. Senators Propose Limitations on Opioid Prescriptions; HAP Hosting Opioid Workshops

April 19, 2017

In an ongoing effort by Congress to fight drug addiction and abuse, U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced a bill to impose strict limits on certain opioid prescriptions. The bill sponsors’ home states of New York and Arizona enacted similar legislation.

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