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Hospitals Fighting Violence on All Fronts, National Program Provides Support

November 04, 2016

Violence is considered a major public health and safety issue throughout the country. Hospitals and health systems are working to help address violence in communities and within hospital settings.

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State House Passes Legislation to Revamp PA Stroke Center Law

October 26, 2016

By a vote of 192-0, the state House passed legislation sponsored by state Representative Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh) that would make key changes to Act 54 of 2012, currently referred to as the Primary Stroke Center Recognition Act.

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HHS Looks to Strengthen Cybersecurity Info Sharing Within Health Care; HAP Forum to Facilitate Cybersecurity Discussion in PA

October 06, 2016

Federal funds have been dedicated to support the dissemination of cybersecurity information and education as well as to foster greater information sharing within the health care and public health sectors. In addition, an upcoming session hosted by HAP for its members will provide current information on the latest threats, prevention strategies, and resources available to improve cybersecurity. 

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Congress Funds Zika Relief and Opioid Response in Federal Funding Bill

September 30, 2016

Legislation was enacted this week which extends funding at current spending levels for the federal government through December 9, 2016. The legislation also dedicates funding to prevent the spread of the Zika virus and to begin funding opioid efforts.

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FEMA Issues Proposed Rules for Construction in Flood-Prone Areas

August 24, 2016

The Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a proposed rule requiring companies that use federal funds for construction projects in flood-prone areas (including hospitals and other health care providers) to build on higher ground.

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CDC Announces Awards of $16 Million to Help States Monitor the Zika Virus and Support Affected Families

August 04, 2016

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week awarded more than $16 million to 40 states and territories to support the fight against the Zika virus. Pennsylvania is among the states named to receive the funding.

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Lawmakers Hear Testimony About Pennsylvania Opioid Crisis

August 03, 2016

The Pennsylvania House Republican and Democratic Policy Committees wrapped up their third hearing in a series of eight that will occur throughout the summer to help address the state’s opioid crisis. Lawmakers and staff are gathering insight on policy ideas to be considered during a special session on the opioid crisis when the legislature returns this fall.

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CDC Updates Interim Guidance on Prevention of Zika, Caring for Exposed Pregnant Women

July 25, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated interim guidance for the prevention of sexual transmission of Zika virus, and for U.S. health care providers caring for pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure

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Zika Testing Guidance Released in the Wake of Growing Zika Concerns

July 21, 2016

Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) has released Zika virus testing guidance. This release comes in the wake of several media outlets reporting the possibility of the first locally transmitted mosquito-to-human case in the U.S.

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U.S. House Hearing Highlights Issues in Trauma Care

July 13, 2016

During a hearing yesterday, the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health considered recommendations on our national trauma care system and reviewed a specific legislative proposal to preserve the ability of emergency medical services personnel to administer life-saving medications.

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Lessons Learned from Ebola; Greater Coordination and Resource Investments Needed in Public Health Response

July 01, 2016

An independent panel of public health, health care, emergency response, and communication experts have issued a report reflecting on lessons learned from the Ebola epidemic of 2014-2016, and identifying recommendations to improve the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) response to urgent public health threats.

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Federal Government Will Provide Funds to Help States Implement Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

June 20, 2016

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will provide funding to help states implement the new Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.

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Public Health Emergency Preparedness Legislation Approved by U.S. House Committee

June 10, 2016

Public health emergency response legislation that would provide oversight of hospital preparedness program (HPP) funding, reform the medical countermeasure acquisition process, and incentivize research into treatments for national security threats is advancing through the U.S. House committee process.

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Zika Emergency Funding Remains in Dispute

May 20, 2016

The U.S Senate and U.S. House each adopted funding packages to support preparedness and response to the Zika virus. Differing approaches between the two chambers threatens swift enactment of the needed resources.

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House Insurance Committee Approves HAP-Supported Bill to Protect Access to Emergency Care

May 17, 2016

In a 15 to 12 vote, the state House Insurance Committee approved House Bill 1064, sponsored by Representative Eli Evankovich (R-Murrysville), which changes the liability standard for emergency department providers from “preponderance of evidence” to “clear and convincing” evidence.

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