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Pennsylvania Hospitals Focus on Reducing Readmissions via Care Transitions

April 15, 2019

Preventing avoidable hospital readmissions continues as a priority for HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals. Research has found that acute and post-acute care organizations face unique challenges and barriers during care transitions which can affect readmissions. To address this opportunity, HAP’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) has launched a series of tools during the National Care Transitions Awareness Day on April 16.

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Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative Set for April Launch; Hospitals Join Forces to Improve Mom and Baby Outcomes

April 08, 2019

The Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative will launch during April, with a focus on reducing maternal mortality and improving care for pregnant and postpartum women and newborns affected by opioids. Hospitals are encouraged to join the PA PQC by April 17 and to register for the first Learning Collaborative session.

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Celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week March 10–16

March 04, 2019

Patient Safety Awareness Week, from March 10 through March 16, 2019, is intended to encourage everyone—consumers as well as health care providers—to learn more about health care safety. 

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HAP’s Quality Initiative Helped PA Hospitals Decrease Hospital-acquired Conditions, Preventing Harm and Saving Money

January 31, 2019

From 2011 to 2016, the rate of hospital-acquired conditions fell by 11 percent for hospitals enrolled in HAP's Pennsylvania Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network.

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PA Hospitals Encouraged to Submit Innovative Programs to 2019 HAP Achievement Awards

January 23, 2019

It’s no secret that Pennsylvania’s health care landscape is changing at an increasingly rapid pace and its hospitals and health systems are rising to that challenge through innovative programs to improve the quality of care, patient experience, and technology to meet the needs of the communities they serve. HAP members are encouraged to review the 2019 Achievement Awards Call for Entries and submit their innovative patient-centered initiatives that improve health care quality and efficiency and the health of their communities by March 1.

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American Hospital Association Names Human Trafficking a Key Focus for 2019 Anti-violence Initiative

January 18, 2019

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals Against Violence Initiative has named human trafficking as a main focus area for 2019

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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital

January 14, 2019

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital received HAP’s 2018 Optimal Operations Award for its 1 to 1 Supervision Reduction at an Acute Rehabilitation Hospital program.

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New PHC4 Report Shows Substance Use Present in One of every 25 Maternal Hospital Stays

December 11, 2018

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) today released a research brief detailing trends related to the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania. The report found that one in 25 pregnancy-related hospitalizations documented maternal substance use, up from 1 in 69 in 2000–2001. Of those patients with substance use disorder, 49 percent involved opioids.

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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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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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News Release: New Report: PA Hospitals Decrease Mortality, Readmissions

November 15, 2018

News Release:  Pennsylvania’s hospitals continue to make strides in improving the quality and outcomes of the care they deliver to patients across the commonwealth, according to a report released today by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4).

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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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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 PHC4 Report Shows Opioids Contributed to One in 37 PA Hospitalizations During 2017

October 16, 2018

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) today released a research brief detailing trends related to the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania. The report found that hospitalizations related to opioids—primary and co-occurring conditions—accounted for one in 37 hospitalizations during 2017.

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New CDC Progress Report about National HAI Prevention Efforts

October 16, 2018

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published its 2016 National and State Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Progress Report. The report, the first to measure year-to-year progress using 2015 as the baseline year, provides state- and national-level data about certain HAIs that occurred during 2016 in four health care settings. The baseline was recently updated to take into account advancements in HAI prevention and updated National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) definitions. This more current baseline allows for a more realistic and meaningful view of progress.

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