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2017 PA Donate Life Hospital Challenge Kicked Off In Harrisburg

March 21, 2017

Joint News Release: The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), the Gift of Life Donor Program, and hospitals and health systems across the state, kicked off and celebrated a collaborative organ donation awareness effort.

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PA Hospitals Contribute to Record Number of Organ Donations in 2016

February 03, 2017

Organ transplants performed in the United States in 2016 reached a new record high for the fourth consecutive year, according to preliminary data from United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). UNOS found that hospitals across the nation performed more than 33,600 organ transplants in 2016, 8.5 percent more than in 2015, and nearly a 20 percent more than in 2012.

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New NQF Guidance on Patient-centered Advanced Illness Care

January 17, 2017

The National Quality Forum (NQF) released a new issue brief, Strategies for Change—A Collaborative Journey to Transform Advanced Illness Care.

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HAP Donate Life Hospital Challenge Top Performers, Designations Announced

October 27, 2016

News Release: HAP, the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), Gift of Life Donor Program, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) today announced the top hospitals and health systems of the 2016 HAP Donate Life Hospital Challenge.

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State Task Force Issues Recommendations on Improving Nursing Home Quality and Safety

October 06, 2016

 The Pennsylvania Department of Health released a report developed by the its Nursing Home Quality Improvement Task Force to improve the quality of care and safety of nursing home residents in Pennsylvania.

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Provider, Patient Partnerships Key to Improving Health Outcomes

September 09, 2016

Patient, author, and engagement advocate, Tiffany Christensen, asked the nearly 175 hospital and health care professionals at HAP’s Annual Patient Safety & Quality Symposium to focus on partnering with their patients in their efforts to improve health outcomes.

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HAP Announces 2016 Achievement Award Winners

August 18, 2016

News Release:  Pennsylvania hospitals continuously work to adopt and implement forward-thinking initiatives in order to provide high-quality, more affordable health care to patients. HAP recognizes these innovative efforts through its respected Achievement Awards program, which began in 1978. Twelve winning submissions were selected this year.

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PA Hospitals’ Economic Contributions Grow to $115B, Up $4B from 2014

May 17, 2016

News Release: With a healthy economy high on the public’s list of priorities during this presidential election year, HAP releases its 2015 economic impact analysis showing that Pennsylvania hospitals continue to be a major contributor to the state and local economies.

All hospitals—not-for-profit and investor-owned combined—contributed nearly $115 billion to local and state economies during 2015, an increase of $4 billion from 2014.

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HAP Encourages Conversations about End-of-Life Care Today and Every Day

April 15, 2016

April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day. HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals encourage individuals to use this day as an opportunity to discuss end-of-life care preferences.

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CMS Announces New Payment Model for Nursing Facility Care; Western PA Collaborative Recognized for Success in Reducing Avoidable Hospitalizations

March 25, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced phase two of the Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents.

After demonstrating strong success in phase one, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Community Provider Services was selected as one of six enhanced care and coordination providers to be awarded a cooperative agreement for the four-year payment phase.

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2016 PA Donate Life Hospital Challenge Kicked off in Harrisburg

March 16, 2016

Joint News Release:  A collaborative organ donation awareness effort of HAP, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), the Gift of Life Donor Program, and hospitals and health systems across the state, was kicked off and celebrated on March 14 in Harrisburg.

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Attend HAP’s PA Donate Life Hospital Challenge Kick-off

February 26, 2016

HAP is hosting a 2016 Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge kick-off event on Monday, March 14, 2016. Hospitals and health systems play a vital role in increasing donation awareness within their organizations and communities. 

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National Family Caregivers Month Reminds Us to Say Thank You and Provide Respite for Those Who Give So Much

November 04, 2015

November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the nation’s 90 million family caregivers. These individuals play a vital role in providing care to loved ones every day.

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Study Shows Higher Health Care Costs for Dementia Patients in Last Five Years of Life; Care Coordination Critical

November 02, 2015

A new study focuses on health care costs for patients with dementia in the last five years of life. Dementia is best defined as a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking, and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily activities.

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HAP Commends CMS for Proposals to Support Advance Care Planning, Expand Hospital Telehealth Payments, and Remove Regulatory Barriers to Improved Care

September 09, 2015

HAP submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) about CMS’ proposed rule for Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule. The comments also address other revisions negatively impacting hospitals in calendar year 2016.

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