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DHS Creates New PASRR Website

May 19, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) has created a new website to assist hospitals in completing the Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) for patients being discharged to a Medicaid-certified nursing facility. The PASRR process is a federal requirement to assess the patient’s needs to ensure the most appropriate setting.

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CMS to Test Clinical-Community Collaboration to Assist Patients, Align Services

April 06, 2017

In an effort to support local communities in addressing the health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will provide support to 32 organizations—including Pennsylvania’s Reading Hospital—working to bridge the gap between clinical and community services.

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HAP Welcomes Recommendations to Streamline Quality Measures

March 16, 2017

Today, the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) issued a report recommending improvements to quality measures used in federal programs. MAP’s focus on quality measurement centers on ensuring better health care for patients and reduced burdens for providers.

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Patient Safety Week—Bringing Awareness to Consumers and Health Care Professionals

March 15, 2017

Patient Safety Awareness Week continues through Saturday, March 18. The week, organized by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), is the culmination of the United in Patient Safety campaign. The work aims to increase awareness about patient safety.

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Two Health Care Improvement Giants Will Merge in Spring to Tackle Patient Safety and Quality

March 14, 2017

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) plan to merge on May 1. Both organizations are focused on health care improvements, but the merger will allow experts to pursue a system-based approach to patient safety rather than project-based methods that are fragmented.

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HAP Presents to House Health Committee About Hospital Quality and Population Health Initiatives

March 06, 2017

HAP quality and population health leaders spoke to the Pennsylvania House Health Committee about population health, health care quality, and patient safety initiatives. They highlighted HAP-specific work, which has received national attention.

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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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National ‘Scorecard’ Demonstrates Improved Safety in Hospitals; Opportunity for Continued Improvement Through HAP

December 20, 2016

The Agency for Health Research and Quality has recently released an update of its National Scorecard on Rates of Hospital-Acquired Conditions. The scorecard represents demonstrable progress over a five-year period to improve patient safety in hospitals. Preliminary estimates for 2015 show a 21 percent decline in hospital-acquired conditions since 2010.

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PA Patient Safety Advisory Highlights Value of Improving Safety

December 19, 2016

The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority (PSA) recently published an article, “The Value of Improving Patient Safety in Pennsylvania,” in its monthly Patient Safety Advisory. The article includes key findings about efforts in Pennsylvania to reduce harm events, and highlights a variety of factors associated with improving patient safety.

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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 Report Examines Effects of Affordable Care Act Repeal on Hospitals and Health Systems

December 08, 2016

The American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals recently released a report that quantifies the impact of a potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act would have on hospitals and health systems.

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Philly Area’s Top Patient Safety Initiatives for 2016

November 15, 2016

News Release:  Innovative patient safety efforts from Penn Medicine, Jefferson Health, and Main Line Health were honored at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council (DVHC) of HAP held in November in King of Prussia, PA.

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PA Hospitals Saving More Lives for Ten Common Health Conditions

October 19, 2016

News Release: Pennsylvania hospitals continue to improve quality and drive down mortality and readmission rates, according to a new report released by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4).

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GAO Report: Health Care Quality Measures Must Be Aligned to Be Meaningful

October 17, 2016

A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office calls for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to set priorities and comprehensively plan its efforts to better align health quality measures.

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October is Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month

October 10, 2016

October marks Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month, a world-wide event which encourages the creation of partnerships with patients, family members, and health care providers. HAP has been a leader on the topic of patient and family engagement, having established the first state hospital association-sponsored Patient and Family Engagement Advisory Council.

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