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Federal Lawmakers Urge Action on Intravenous Saline Shortages

February 07, 2018

Federal lawmakers sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expressing concern about nationwide drug shortages, and calling for actions to address current IV saline shortages.

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Second U.S. Senate Hearing on Preparedness and Response Highlights Health Care Providers’ Perspectives

January 23, 2018

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D, PA) served as the Ranking Member overseeing the second in a series of hearings by the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee that will lay the foundation for the reauthorization of the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA).

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CHIP Funded in Deal to Reopen the Government; Outstanding Priorities Remain Unresolved

January 22, 2018

Congress has included a six-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as part of a legislative package that reopens the government after a two-and-a-half day federal government shutdown, and sets February 8 as the next deadline for Congressional action.

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News Release: Federal Government Shuts Down, PA Health Care Community Faces Uncertainty

January 20, 2018

News Release: Congress yesterday failed to pass legislation to keep the federal government funded and address important health care policy priorities. In the wake of a federal government shutdown, the future of many essential health care programs remains unknown. In response, Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released a statement.

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U.S. Senate Hearing on Preparedness and Response; U.S. Senator Casey Spearheads Pandemic and All Hazards Reauthorization

January 18, 2018

During the first of a two-part series of hearings, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee reviewed the nation’s preparedness and response capabilities to address public health threats, and laid the foundation as Congress pursues the second reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA).

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As Flu Season Enters Peak, Pennsylvania Hospitals Continue to Manage IV Fluid Supply

January 16, 2018

As an especially severe flu season reaches its height, Pennsylvania hospitals continue to effectively manage the shortage of IV solution bags. Hurricane Maria disrupted production at more than 40 plants in Puerto Rico, and supplies remain low across the country.  Mark Ross, HAP's southeast regional manager, emergency preparedness, recently spoke to CNN and outlined the Pennsylvania hospital community’s response to the continued shortage. 

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Health System Leaders Identify Cybersecurity, Predictive Analytics, and Virtual Care Payments as Top 2018 IT Issues

December 27, 2017

Survey results about emerging health information technology (IT) trends, reveal that health system leaders across the country are inclined to boost funding for cybersecurity technology during 2018. Those same leaders are carefully weighing the value of investing in artificial intelligence technologies and consumer devices such as wearables.

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HAP Hosts Webinar about IV Fluids and Medication Shortages

November 20, 2017

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) recently hosted a webinar, “Insights for Medical Considerations in Management of the Growing IV and Medication Shortage" in response to the shortages of IV fluids.

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Congress Reviews Hurricane Response, Including Impacts to Drug Supply

October 24, 2017

Key officials overseeing the public health response to recent hurricanes provided an update to Congress about response efforts in the affected areas and the ongoing public health risks, as well as steps federal agencies are taking to safeguard access to critical drugs and medical devices.

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HAP, Pennsylvania Hospitals Assisting with Harvey Response

August 29, 2017

Pennsylvania hospitals are joining the effort to provide volunteer medical staff, resources, and financial support to assist in the disaster response. Additionally, HAP is working with the American Hospital Association and the Texas Hospital Association to promote opportunities for members of the hospital community to contribute to a relief fund to assist displaced hospital employees.

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South Central Hospitals and Health Care Providers Meet to Improve Emergency Preparedness

August 09, 2017

South Central Pennsylvania health care preparedness officials met in Harrisburg to kick off the region’s new Health Care Coalition, which focuses on improving emergency preparedness across the health care delivery system. 

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New KPMG/Forbes Study: Health Care Firms are Unprepared for Next Cyber Security Breach

August 04, 2017

A new KPMG and Forbes Insights report found that the health care industry is “elevating cyber security to a strategic imperative but at a pace that lags behind [its] desire to adopt digital technologies to drive innovation.”

The report found that during the past two years, 47 percent of health care “firms have had a HIPPA-related security violation or breach."

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Pennsylvania’s Critical Access Hospitals are Key to Rural Health Care

June 15, 2017

As the Pennsylvania General Assembly continues its work on the 2017–2018 state budget, it is clear that the commonwealth faces a projected revenue shortfall for the current fiscal year of $1.2 billion and a growing structural deficit for next year. This places some important supplemental hospital payments at risk for reduction, including payments that support critical access hospitals.

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HAP Highlights Hospital Emergency Preparedness Partnership during Senate Informational Hearing

June 14, 2017

Today, HAP’s Tom Grace, vice president, emergency preparedness, provided lawmakers with an update about the important emergency preparedness work underway as a part of the commonwealth’s Hospital Preparedness Partnership Program between the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and HAP.

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The Importance of Trauma Centers in Pennsylvania

June 12, 2017

The Pennsylvania General Assembly returned this week to continue work on the 2017–2018 state budget. The commonwealth faces a projected revenue shortfall for the current fiscal year of $1.2 billion and a growing structural deficit for next year, placing some supplemental hospital payments at risk for reduction, including payments that support life-saving trauma care.

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