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Report Quantifies Burden of Multiple Chronic Conditions

September 20, 2017

A new report, seeking to outline and quantify the key challenges of multiple chronic conditions found that with each additional chronic condition, health care costs more than double, so that treating a patient with four chronic conditions could cost as much as 16 times more than a patient with only one condition could.

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Acting Secretary of Health Kicks Off PA’s Sepsis Awareness Month at Conference Hosted by HAP

September 07, 2017

Yesterday, Dr. Rachel Levine, Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General for the Pennsylvania Department of Health, unveiled the Governor’s proclamation declaring September 2017 as Sepsis Awareness Month in the commonwealth. HAP introduced ExSEPSIS, a new initiative designed to help hospitals and health systems reduce sepsis readmissions.

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New AHA Guide: Housing and the Role of Hospitals

August 25, 2017

The American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Research & Educational Trust has released a guide, Housing and the Role of Hospitals, about how hospitals can help address unsuitable housing conditions and homelessness within their communities. It also identifies other considerations often associated with housing instability and homelessness, such as lack of transportation, limited literacy, and lack of social supports.

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Federal Report Shows Overall Improvement in U.S. Health Care Quality; Disparities Persist

August 24, 2017

An annual federal report, 2016 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, about health care quality and access indicates that health care quality across the U.S. improved overall from 2000 through 2014-2015, but at different rates for different priority areas. Although some of the gaps in care are lessening, disparities persist, especially among poor and low-income families.

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Governor Announces New Leaders for Department of Human Services, Insurance

August 18, 2017

Governor Wolf has announced that he has nominated Teresa Miller, current Commissioner for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department to serve as Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS), effective August 21.

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President Signs Veterans Choice Appropriations Bill

August 16, 2017

President Trump signed into law legislation providing $2.1 billion in funding to continue the Veterans Choice Program that allows veterans to see a civilian health care provider if they cannot be seen by a VA medical facility in a timely manner or if they face burdens in traveling to a VA medical facility.

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President Declares Opioid Crisis a National Emergency

August 14, 2017

President Trump has declared the country’s opioid crisis a national emergency and has instructed the administration to use all appropriate emergency and other authorities to respond to the crisis.

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PA Tracks National Averages in Most Behavioral Health Metrics; Heroin Use/Adult Mental Health Service Use Higher

August 11, 2017

Pennsylvania’s annual averages in substance use prevalence are similar to national annual averages across most measures in youth and adult substance use or mental health illness. But in two metrics, Pennsylvania’s annual averages were higher than national averages.

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Employers Plan to Adopt Consumer-Focused Strategies to Reduce Health Care Costs

August 10, 2017

Two health care employer surveys released recently reveal that, faced with a five to 5.5 percent increase in health care benefit costs in 2018, United States employers plan to adopt new strategies to manage costs.

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HAP Convenes Council to Advance Provider-Patient Partnerships

August 02, 2017

Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems continue to develop partnerships with their patients, guiding them through the health care delivery process and helping them be active participants in their care. In an effort to provide a forum for these organizations to communicate and exchange best practices, HAP’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) has recently convened a Person and Family Engagement (PFE) Leadership Council to bring together hospital leaders responsible for facilitating the development of sustained partnerships with patients and families. 

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New ANA Recommendations for How Nurses Can Help Optimize Antibiotic Use

July 24, 2017

The American Nurses Association (ANA) recently released a white paper outlining the importance of good antibiotic stewardship and the important role nurses can play in optimizing the use of antibiotics in hospital settings.

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State Insurance Commissioner: Pennsylvania’s Individual Health Care Insurance Market is Stabilizing

July 21, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller released today the insurer rate filings for health care insurance policy premiums for the 2018 individual marketplace, with an average rate increase of 8.8 percent for individual plans, and 6.7 percent for small group plans. Although the state's individual market is stabilizing, she also stressed that the current uncertainty surrounding national health care law threatens to upset that stability.

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HAP Member Hospitals Recognized for Leveraging Health Information Technology

July 17, 2017

The 19th annual Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems survey conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks recognizes more than 450 hospitals and health systems across the nation for successfully integrating information technology (IT) into their operations. HAP applauds the achievements of these hospitals and continues to support of the adoption of standards-based electronic health records and health information exchange. 

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Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Is Now Connected to 11 states and D.C.

July 06, 2017

Pennsylvania is now exchanging data on prescription pain medications through the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PA PDMP) with 11 other states and the District of Columbia. In addition to five states that share boarders with Pennsylvania (Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia) data is also being shared with Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Currently, there is no exchange with Delaware.

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Governor Wolf, Bipartisan Group of Governors: AHCA Not a Solution to Health Care Challenges

June 19, 2017

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf joined six other governors from across the country to urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to amend the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to make a fairer system for America’s consumers.

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