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PA Launches New Website to Connect Patients to Community Based Services and Supports

November 20, 2017

The Wolf Administration has launched the Pennsylvania Link to Community Care website, which seeks to connect older Pennsylvanians and individuals with a disability or behavioral health need to services and supports available in their community.

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HAP Thanks State’s Veterans for Their Service, Highlights Health Systems’ Veterans Health Programs

November 10, 2017

HAP thanks Pennsylvania's veterans for their service and sacrifices to protect our freedom. The association and its members recognize that, as a result of these sacrifices, our veterans and their families sometimes need additional support, including help for health care challenges.

 

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Meadville Medical Center Achieves Health Care Efficiency and Effectiveness through Care Coordination Initiative

November 08, 2017

Meadville Medical Center leadership discussed their successful care coordination initiative during the American Hospital Association Rural Hospital Executive Education Series.

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State Delays Phases 2 and 3 of Community HealthChoices Program, Allowing More Time to Learn from Initial Rollout in West

November 06, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) announced that it is delaying the start dates for Phases 2 and 3 of Community HealthChoices (CHC), Pennsylvania’s new Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) program. DHS says it wants to learn from the Phase 1 rollout and allow time to make any necessary adjustments before implementing further phases.   

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HAP Releases PA Hospital Trends Report

October 27, 2017

HAP’s new report shows trends in the utilization of emergency department visits, inpatient services, and outpatient surgeries in Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems from 2006 to 2016.

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PA Senate Committee Approves Bed Registry Legislation

October 17, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously voted Senate Bill 179 out of committee.  Sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), the legislation instructs the Department of Health to create a statewide psychiatric inpatient bed registry to identify available beds in real time across the commonwealth.

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Providers, Patients Encouraged to "Engage for Health" During Health Literacy Month

October 10, 2017

When patients and their families understand and engage in their health care, they have better outcomes and a more positive experience. October is National Health Literacy Month and HAP encourages providers and patients to learn more about what you can do to better understand your care.

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DHS Begins Sending Community HealthChoices Consumer Packets in Southwest Zone

October 03, 2017

The Department of Human Services (DHS) will implement Community HealthChoices (CHC) in the Southwest Zone effective January 1, and has started mailing pre-enrollment packages to eligible participants. Consumers are being asked to select their health plan, and individuals who do not select a plan by November 13 will be assigned to a plan.

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U.S. Senate Approves Bipartisan Plan to Improve Care for Seniors with Chronic Conditions

September 27, 2017

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved bipartisan legislation that will improve health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries living with chronic conditions and also will lower costs.

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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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