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Latest PHC4 Report Suggests Stabilization of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Rates in PA

June 06, 2019

According to a new report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) could be plateauing in Pennsylvania, a sign that efforts to curb the opioid crisis may be helping.

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Joint News Release: Lankenau Medical Center Listening Session Underscores Need for Legislative Action to Protect Health Care Workers

May 16, 2019

Local lawmakers recently had an opportunity to hear firsthand from hospital staff and leadership at Lankenau Medical Center, a part of Main Line Health, about ways they can improve workplace safety for health care staff throughout the commonwealth.

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News Release: New Report Details Increasing Financial Instability of Pennsylvania Hospitals

May 14, 2019

A new report demonstrates the need for continued state support for financially fragile hospitals in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council’s (PHC4) fiscal year (FY) 2018 financial analysis reveals that average operating margins are decreasing, despite a small increase in overall revenue.

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Annual Graduate Medical Education Day Brings Residency Shortages to the Forefront

May 06, 2019

Today in Washington, D.C., hospital advocates participated in the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) Graduate Medical Education (GME) Day of Action to reinforce the importance of Congressional support for residency programs, workforce initiatives, and learning opportunities across the United States, in an effort to meet society’s ever-evolving health care needs.

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HAP Statement: HAP Takes Action to Protect Patients’ Access to Care

March 25, 2019

On behalf of Pennsylvania patients and the hospitals they count on for care, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) today filed a motion in the Middle District Federal Court to intervene in a lawsuit resulting from the significant policy consequences of recent actions by the Pennsylvania Attorney General.

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New Report Details Trends, Barriers for Pennsylvanians with Disabilities

February 28, 2019

According to a data analysis of U.S. Census data, conducted by the Pennsylvania State Data Center (PDSC), Pennsylvania has the nation’s fifth-largest population of persons with disabilities and the 16th highest population of persons with disabilities (tied with Michigan).

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New Resources Provide Updates, Insight into Health Insurance Trends

February 15, 2019

The Commonwealth Fund recently released a survey assessing the extent and quality of coverage for U.S. working-age adults, and an interactive map that lays out states' efforts to access adequate health insurance.

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PA Health System Honored with Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Health Improvement

February 12, 2019

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health has been named the 2018 Foster G. McGaw Prize Winner, recognizing the system’s work to address Lancaster County’s social determinants of health and wellness needs.

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HAP Statement: Governor’s Budget Plan Protects Key Hospital Funding Lines, Spotlights Workforce Development

February 05, 2019

Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement regarding Governor Tom Wolf's state budget address, which was delivered today.

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American Hospital Association Names Human Trafficking a Key Focus for 2019 Anti-violence Initiative

January 18, 2019

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals Against Violence Initiative has named human trafficking as a main focus area for 2019

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New CDC Study Finds Guidelines Help to Decrease Opioid Prescriptions, but Geographic Disparities Remain

January 17, 2019

This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new study about opioid prescribing trends. The study found that physicians have reduced the overall frequency with which they are prescribing opioids following the CDC’s release of its Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The rates of reductions, however, vary between urban and rural areas

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Fear of Clinical Judgment Censors Patient Disclosure, Study Says

December 07, 2018

A new study published by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor revealed that between 60 and 80 percent of patients actively withhold relevant health information from their clinicians. This highlights dilemmas that providers face in caring for individuals whose care may be more likely to be compromised because of the complexity of their health habits or lack of candid disclosure. 

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PHC4 Financial Analysis Shows Mixed Bag for Specialty, Non-General Acute Care Hospitals

November 21, 2018

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) this week released its fiscal year (FY) 2017 analysis for non-general acute care (GAC) hospitals in Pennsylvania

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News Release: New Report: PA Hospitals Decrease Mortality, Readmissions

November 15, 2018

News Release:  Pennsylvania’s hospitals continue to make strides in improving the quality and outcomes of the care they deliver to patients across the commonwealth, according to a report released today by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4).

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New Study Reinforces Importance of Appropriate Reimbursement for Hospital-level Care

October 03, 2018

A new study exploring the characteristics of Medicare patients receiving care in hospital outpatient departments reinforces concerns that new payment proposals—which would significantly cut hospital payments—could threaten access to care for the most vulnerable patients and communities.

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