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GAO Report: Health Care Quality Measures Must Be Aligned to Be Meaningful

October 17, 2016

A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office calls for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to set priorities and comprehensively plan its efforts to better align health quality measures.

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"Engage for Health" During Health Literacy Month

October 13, 2016

News Release:  When patients and their families have an understanding of, and are engaged in, their health care and care plans, their care outcomes tend to be better, and they have a more positive health care experience. During October, Health Literacy Month, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) encourages you to evaluate your own level of health literacy and learn more about what you can do to better understand your care.

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HAP Selected to Continue Patient Safety Efforts Under National Partnership for Patients Initiative

October 03, 2016

News Release: HAP has been selected as one of only 16 national, regional, or state hospital associations, Quality Improvement Organizations, and health system organizations to continue efforts in reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions.

The CMS announcement of the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network awardees marks the third time HAP has secured a highly-competitive contract as part of the national Partnership for Patients initiative. HAP is the only Pennsylvania-based Hospital Improvement Innovation Network.

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Physician General Shares Ways the State, Providers are Fighting the Opioid Crisis Together

September 07, 2016

Pennsylvania’s Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine spoke about ways that hospital and health system leaders are working with government partners and other stakeholders to help address the opioid crisis.

 

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Physician General Shares Ways the State, Providers are Fighting the Opioid Crisis Together

September 07, 2016

Today, health care leaders and their teams from across the commonwealth attended the first day of HAP’s 2016 Patient Safety & Quality Symposium. Pennsylvania’s Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine spoke about ways that hospital and health system leaders are working with government partners and other stakeholders to help address the opioid crisis.

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Pennsylvania Improves in 2015 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report

September 01, 2016

Pennsylvania has earned a score of 52.09 on the 2015 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (NHQR). This represents an increase of more than 10 percent from the baseline and ranks Pennsylvania in sixteenth place among other states.

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Medicare Coordinated Health Care Model Continues to Improve Quality and Reduce Costs

August 26, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ latest quality and financial performance results found that Medicare Accountable Care Organizations are improving the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries, while generating financial savings.

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HAP Announces 2016 Achievement Award Winners

August 18, 2016

News Release:  Pennsylvania hospitals continuously work to adopt and implement forward-thinking initiatives in order to provide high-quality, more affordable health care to patients. HAP recognizes these innovative efforts through its respected Achievement Awards program, which began in 1978. Twelve winning submissions were selected this year.

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Hospital Star Ratings Miss the Mark in Helping Patients Make Informed Decisions

July 27, 2016

After a three-month delay, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today posted overall hospital ratings of one to five stars on its Hospital Compare website.

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PA Health Care Providers Participate in New Initiative Targeting Heart Attacks and Strokes

July 25, 2016

Twenty-three Pennsylvania health care practitioners, including several hospitals and health systems across the state, will be participating in a new Million Hearts® initiative aimed at identifying and implementing individualized approaches for Medicare beneficiaries to reduce their risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

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OIG Report: Almost One-Third of Rehab Facility Patients May Experience Preventable Harm

July 22, 2016

A federal report, “Adverse Events in Rehabilitation Hospitals: National Incidence Among Medicare Beneficiaries,” published by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) indicates that 29 percent of Medicare patients in rehabilitation facilities across the U.S. suffered an adverse event.

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‘Pokémon GO’ Encourages Physical Activity, but Causes Concerns for Hospitals

July 14, 2016

A new smartphone app, Nintendo’s Pokémon GO, has some health experts are praising the app for increasing physical activity while others are concerned about individuals overexerting themselves. HAP reminds players to consider their fitness level, and be aware of their surroundings and possible dangers while playing the game.

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Federal Opioid Legislation Clears Congress

July 14, 2016

After months of legislative effort, both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate have passed a comprehensive package of policies to address the growing opioid epidemic. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) authorizes a wide array of grants to carry out a comprehensive opioid abuse response through education, treatment, and recovery efforts. 

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State Budget Shows Commitment to Pennsylvania Health Care

July 14, 2016

News Release: HAP today issued a statement from President and CEO Andy Carter in response to the work completed on the 2016–2017 state budget, which continues funding to support the work of health care providers in the commonwealth.

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Hospital Survey Finds Progress, Continued Opportunities to Reduce Disparities, Promote Diversity

June 24, 2016

Results from the Institute for Diversity in Health Management’s biennial benchmarking survey were released earlier this week and found that hospitals are making progress on important areas that will lead to more equitable care, but more work needs to be done to eliminate health care disparities.  

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