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National Minority Health Month Put Focus on Health Disparities

April 19, 2017

April is National Minority Health Month, providing an opportunity to raise awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect minority populations. Seventy-two Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems are among the 1,500 across the nation that have pledged to ensure that every person in every community receives high-quality, equitable, and safe care through the American Hospital Association (AHA) #123forEquity Campaign to Eliminate Health Care Disparities.

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Main Line Health to Participate in National Pursuing Equity Initiative

April 10, 2017

Main Line Health has agreed to participate in a two-year initiative led by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement aimed at reducing inequities in health and health care access, treatment, and outcomes. 

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Survey Finds Small Physician Groups Need Help with MACRA Implementation

April 05, 2017

A new survey commissioned by Healthcare Informatics shows that, despite the slower pacing of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), many small physician groups are not fully prepared for its implementation during 2017.

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NAM Report: Policy Priorities for Better Health with Lower Per-Capita Spending

March 27, 2017

The National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) Vital Directions for Health and Health Care Initiative  released its final report outlining top policy priorities for improving Americans’ health while reducing what we spend per-capita on health care. The report summarizes 19 papers and a national symposium that examined the issue over the past 18 months.

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HAP’s Care in Pennsylvania Supports PA Hospitals’ Transparency Initiatives

March 02, 2017

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s Care in Pennsylvania, a health care consumer-friendly website, continues to be a useful Pennsylvania-specific resource for health care quality, price, and health care terminology information.

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Pennsylvania House Insurance Committee Hearing on Drug Price Transparency

February 08, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania House Insurance Committee held a hearing on drug price transparency. Central to the hearing was House Bill 161, introduced by Representative Anthony DeLuca (D-Allegheny), which creates the Pharmaceutical Cost Transparency Act. Specifically, the bill would require drug companies to disclose the costs and profits of their drugs, including the cost of research and development, marketing, and advertising associated with the drug.

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Quality Up, Mortality and Readmission Rates Down for Heart Surgery Patients in PA

January 31, 2017

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) today said that a new report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) shows improvements in the safety and quality of heart surgeries performed by Pennsylvania physicians in Pennsylvania hospitals.

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HHS: Actionable, Timely Data at Point of Care Crucial for Value-based Health Care

January 17, 2017

In a blog posted today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shared its vision of a future, where clinicians practicing in a multi-payer environment receive actionable, timely data for use in better managing the health of their patients. 

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New Data Available for Consumers About Care in Long-Term Care Hospitals and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities

December 16, 2016

Consumers now will have an opportunity to learn more about the quality of long-term care hospitals (LTCH) and inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRF). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched two consumer-facing websites that provide quality data on LTCHs and IRFs.

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HAP Launches New Health Care Quality, Cost Resource For Pennsylvanians

December 15, 2016

News Release: The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania today launched its new online tool, Care in Pennsylvania, to provide consumers with user-friendly health care quality and cost information.

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HAP Launches Effort to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

December 15, 2016

HAP—through its Hospital Improvement Innovation Network and in partnership with The Health Care Improvement Foundation and Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network—has launched a three-year effort to reduce hospital readmissions.

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New Person and Family Engagement Strategy Empowers Consumers to Control their Health Care Plans

December 13, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the CMS Person and Family Engagement Strategy, intended to promote consumers and their caregivers in the definition, design, and delivery of their care. The strategy stresses that the consideration of the health, values, and goals of the individual, in consultation with the entire health care team, leads to an improved experience and better care.

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New Online Tool Helps Pennsylvanians Shop for Health Coverage

December 07, 2016

The Pennsylvania Department of Insurance has launched a new, interactive website designed to help Pennsylvanians shop for health coverage. The Pennsylvania Plan Comparison Tool 2017 lets consumers compare plans available on the Health Insurance Marketplace as well as plans available outside the marketplace.

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Central PA PRSA Recognizes HAP’s Healthy Me PA Digital Community with Keystone Award

November 10, 2016

The Public Relations Society of America Central Pennsylvania chapter recognized HAP’s Healthy Me PA digital community with the Keystone Award for the Digital Public Relations category. The 2016 Keystone Awards program recognizes excellence in public relations research, planning, implementation, and evaluation.

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Research Confirms That Consumers Are Playing a Strong Role in Health Care’s Future

November 07, 2016

The consumer’s role in health care decision-making has changed dramatically during the past several years. The growth in high-deductible health insurance plans that affect out-of-pocket costs is a key driver.

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