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Federal Blue Ribbon Panel on Biodefense Features Hospital Preparedness, Highlights PA’s Coordinated Preparedness

July 31, 2018

In testimony before today’s meeting of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D, PA) spoke about his efforts to reauthorize the hospital preparedness program and pointed to Pennsylvania as a leader in adopting a coordinated regional approach to preparedness.

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Federal Task Force Created to Address Critical Drug Shortages

July 13, 2018

Addressing concerns about the continuing shortage of critical drugs, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday released a statement from Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, announcing the formation of a federal task. The task force will investigate the causes of the shortages and recommend solutions to ensure appropriate supplies of medications are always available.

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Federal Officials Press FDA to Address Drug Shortages

June 22, 2018

Members in both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to exercise its authority to the fullest extent possible to address drug shortages.

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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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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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U.S. House Committee Considers Health Care Preparedness Policy

June 06, 2018

U.S. House lawmakers today discussed policy approaches to ensure our nation’s health care readiness for wide-ranging challenges, including public health risks such as Ebola and natural disasters, and security threats ranging from cyberattacks to mass casualty events.

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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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U.S. Senate Committee Approves Continuation of Hospital Public Health Preparedness Program

May 23, 2018

A U.S. Senate committee has approved legislation that supports the nation’s emergency preparedness and response capabilities. The bill reauthorizes the Hospital Preparedness Program for five years. 

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National Hospital Week Provides Opportunity to Celebrate Pennsylvania Hospitals

May 07, 2018

This week, May 6–12, 2018, is National Hospital Week. First declared during 1921, National Hospital Week for almost a century has been a week to celebrate and thank the committed men and women that touch the lives of the patients and communities they serve. The week also provides an opportunity to reflect on the diverse roles that hospitals play as community anchors, job creators, and economic drivers.

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U.S. Continues to Improve Preparedness for Health Emergencies

April 20, 2018

The country’s ability to respond to and recover from any large-scale health emergency is becoming more important as security threats increase in the United States and globally. During 2017, the United States spent more than $300 billion responding to disasters and emergency events.

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Congress Passes Government Funding Bill; Provides New Resources for Public Health

March 23, 2018

Both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate passed a $1.3 trillion omnibus appropriations bill that funds the government through fiscal year 2018 and makes investments in key public health initiatives, including efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, respond to behavioral health challenges, advance the discovery of new medical innovations, and promote public health preparedness.

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New Report Shows U.S. Health Care Infrastructure Underprepared for Emergencies and Disaster Events

March 21, 2018

A recent report by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security found that the United States’ current health care infrastructure is insufficient to handle a mass disaster. The report outlines four key types of disasters for which health care systems stand to become better prepared.

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Cybersecurity Continues as a Major Threat to Health Care Organizations; Preparation is Key

March 15, 2018

Two surveys released this week highlight the increasing importance of preventing, minimizing, and communicating—both internally and externally—about cybersecurity incidents, as the number of cyberattacks involving health care organizations continues to increase.

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Congressional Committee Considers Preparedness and Response to Seasonal Influenza

March 08, 2018

The U.S. House Energy & Commerce Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee heard testimony from leading government officials about public health preparedness for the seasonal influenza and ways to improve the response.

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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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