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State Senate Approves Health Emergency Legislation

June 20, 2018

The state Senate unanimously approved Senator Jay Costa's (D-Allegheny) legislation to formally allow the Pennsylvania Department of Health to declare a public health emergency.

 

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CMS Delays Updates to its Hospital Quality Star Ratings

June 14, 2018

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the postponement of the planned release of its updated overall hospital quality star ratings on Hospital Compare slated for July. The delay, said to be due to concerns from stakeholders, will allow CMS to perform analyses on proposed changes to methodology posted during May.

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Report Details Opioid Overdose Hospitalization Trends, HAP Continues Work to Address Opioid Crisis

June 13, 2018

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) today released a report detailing hospitalization trends related to the opioid overdoses. While the research shows that Pennsylvania is making progress in addressing the opioid crisis, it also highlights the heartbreaking reality that the opioid use disorder touches every part of the state, and all demographic and socioeconomic groups.

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Health Literacy Identified as Barrier to Good Health; 'Engage for Health' Program Can Help

June 11, 2018

A statement issued by the American Heart Association and published in the journal Circulation highlights limited health literacy as a significant, invisible barrier to good health for many Americans. The Engage for Health, health literacy program can help.

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National and State Suicide Rates Continue to Increase; Access to Behavioral Health Care Critical

June 08, 2018

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a VitalSigns monthly report highlighting the increasing rate of suicide across the nation. It states that suicide rates have increased in almost every state from 1999 through 2016. In Pennsylvania, the suicide rate increased 34.3 percent; a startling statistic that underscores the pressing need for more focused attention on behavioral health care services.

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Today is Hospitals Against Violence Hope (#HAVhope) Friday

June 08, 2018

Today is the second annual Hospitals Against Violence Hope (#HAVhope) Friday, a national designation to increase awareness about violence and focus on ending it, in communities, workplaces, and at home.

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1 in 5 Deaths Among Young Adults Linked to Opioids

June 04, 2018

New data published last week in JAMA Network Open details how the opioid crisis has affected certain age groups, and identifies which groups experienced the highest burden of opioid-related deaths during a 15-year period from January 1, 2001, to December 31, 2016.

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More Young People are Dying, Greater Prevention and Intervention Efforts Needed

June 01, 2018

The death rate for people aged 10 to 19 jumped 12 percent between 2013 and 2016. These recent increases in deaths are not due to illness, but a rise in injury-related fatalities such as traffic accidents, drug overdoses, suicides, and homicides.

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Field Hearing in Bucks County Focuses on Opioid Overutlization in Medicare and Medicaid

May 30, 2018

A field hearing convened by U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, in his capacity as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, provided a forum to explore trends in the utilization of opioids, and federal efforts to reduce opioid overutilization and misuse within the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

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HAP’s Leadership Summit Honors Hospital Grassroots Champion, Achievement Award Winners

May 22, 2018

As part of its 2018 Leadership Summit, HAP is proud to honor individuals and programs that are on the cutting edge of health care innovation. Honorees represent the best and brightest of care delivery, advocacy, and technological advances, and they are essential to fostering a robust hospital community in the commonwealth.

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Workshop Highlights Opioid Best Practices, Features Remarks from PA Secretary of Health

May 21, 2018

Hospital and health system clinical leaders, as well as members of the health care community, met today in Harrisburg to participate in an opioid workshop and discuss best practices and new ideas to address the crisis in Pennsylvania.

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Can Mobile Apps Improve Diabetes Patients’ Health?

May 17, 2018

Consumers have access to roughly 280 mobile apps for diabetes management, but how effective are these? A recent report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found that only 11 of these apps had been researched for clinical efficacy. 

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New Report Highlights Integrated Health Approach to Help Youth Impacted by Traumatic Events

May 10, 2018

A new report shows that nearly half of the nation’s children have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. An integrated health approach can help them cope and live healthier lives.

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News Release: HAP Announces 2018 Achievement Award Winners

May 10, 2018

News Release:  The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) annually recognizes innovative hospital through its esteemed Achievement Awards program. Twelve winning programs were selected from 91 entries this year.

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News Release: PHC4 Report Underscores Need for Financially Strong Hospital Community

May 08, 2018

News Release:  The latest analysis from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) underscores the need for the hospital community to remain financially strong.

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