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Fear of Clinical Judgment Censors Patient Disclosure, Study Says

December 07, 2018

A new study published by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor revealed that between 60 and 80 percent of patients actively withhold relevant health information from their clinicians. This highlights dilemmas that providers face in caring for individuals whose care may be more likely to be compromised because of the complexity of their health habits or lack of candid disclosure. 

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Hospitals Seek to Overturn New Payment Policy Jeopardizing Community Care

December 06, 2018

In a lawsuit filed this week, hospitals and hospital advocates—including the American Hospital Association and Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)—argued that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is acting outside the law by imposing a harmful new payment policy that reduces reimbursement and jeopardizes the ability of hospitals to meet the needs of their patients in community-based settings.

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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: St. Luke’s University Health Network

December 05, 2018

This week, HAP is spotlighting St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Achievement Award-winning program to reduce the rates of pneumothoraces (collapsed lungs) in its high-risk infants.

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U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, Labor Release Health Care Competition Report

December 04, 2018

In fulfillment of an October, 2017, presidential Executive Order, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor today released a report intended to make recommendations that would facilitate a high-quality, affordable health care system by promoting choice and competition.

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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: UPMC St. Margaret

November 28, 2018

Incredible work is being done across the state as Pennsylvania hospitals step up to improve health care. This week, we’re sharing an award-winning initiative from UPMC St. Margaret to improve the medication history discrepancy rates in patient medical records.

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Survey: Busy Caregivers Neglect their Own Health

November 26, 2018

Survey results released last month by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research show that caregivers all too frequently neglect their own health care-related appointments, putting the health care needs of a family member or other loved one ahead of their own.

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HHS Secretary Plans to Increase Role in Addressing Social Determinants of Health

November 16, 2018

HHS Secretary Alex Azar outlined how HHS will take a leadership role in addressing social determinants of health.

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Antibiotics Awareness Week Stresses Appropriate Use of Antibiotics

November 12, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention celebrates November 12–18 as U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week. This annual observance gives hospitals the opportunity to make the public aware of the importance of appropriate antibiotic use.

 

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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: UPMC Cole

November 09, 2018

UPMC Cole received HAP’s 2018 “Community Champions” Achievement Award for its successful creation of a regional health care collaborative with network partners focused on addressing the need for coordinated, patient-centered physical, behavioral health and drug and alcohol services for the at-risk population in our rural communities.

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Award-winning Tech Expert Highlights Value of Telemedicine

November 08, 2018

Across the nation, telemedicine (also known as telehealth, connected care, and virtual care) is helping patients gain access to physicians through connected devices, helping to address provider and appointment shortages, and provide convenient care at a lower cost. The platform does not represent a new type of care, but rather a different delivery method that is being embraced by highly regarded providers, businesses, insurers, and health care innovators.

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November is National Family Caregivers Month

November 05, 2018

More than 44 million Americans care for a family member, friend, or neighbor. Sponsored by the Caregiver Action Network, National Family Caregivers Month is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. The theme of this year’s celebration is Supercharge Your Caregiving!

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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: Titusville Area Hospital

November 05, 2018

Titusville Area Hospital received HAP’s 2018 “Excellence in Care” Achievement Award for implementing process changes that reduced its Emergency Department (ED) “door to doc” times by nearly one half, reduced the overall time patients spend in the ED, and increased patient satisfaction scores.

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News Release: SEPA Hospitals, Health Systems Honored at HAP’s Southeast Connect

November 05, 2018

News Release:  Five southeastern Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems were recognized Friday for their work to provide exceptional care to the region’s patients and families.

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New Provider Incentive Payment for Preventive Screening Rates for Children Does Not Violate Anti-Kickback Law

October 22, 2018

A federal agency has cleared the way for a new provider incentive payment focused on keeping children healthier and reducing the impact of chronic disease. 

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PA Telemedicine Law Fails to Advance During Last Session Day

October 18, 2018

Despite earning unanimous approval from the full state Senate and the state House Professional Licensure Committee—as well as support from health care advocates across the commonwealth—Senate Bill 780, sponsored by Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), was not able to clear its final legislative hurdle today, the end of the 2017–2018 legislative session.

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