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Acting Secretary of Health Kicks Off PA’s Sepsis Awareness Month at Conference Hosted by HAP

September 07, 2017

Yesterday, Dr. Rachel Levine, Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General for the Pennsylvania Department of Health, unveiled the Governor’s proclamation declaring September 2017 as Sepsis Awareness Month in the commonwealth. HAP introduced ExSEPSIS, a new initiative designed to help hospitals and health systems reduce sepsis readmissions.

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Newly Released Report Confirms Continued Progress in Sepsis Advances

May 22, 2017

Today in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, released results relating to sepsis and septic shock care. Nearly 50,000 patient records were reviewed for compliance with timely protocol initiation.

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Hospitals Fight Antibiotic Resistance, Honor World Hand Hygiene Day

May 05, 2017

Today—May 5—is the World Health Organization’s (WHO) annual global reminder to health care workers to clean their hands at all the right times, every time. Many Pennsylvania hospitals are working together, as part of HAP’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network, to adopt innovative ways to achieve this goal and fight infections, especially those that have developed resistance to antibiotics and antivirals.

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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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Readmission Rates Declined After Hospital Readmission Reduction Program

February 13, 2017

A recent study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that readmission rates declined after the implementation of the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP). The study examined more than 20 million Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries that were discharged between January 1, 2008 and June 30, 2015.

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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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Pennsylvania Hospitals Begin New Patient Safety and Harm Prevention Project

January 13, 2017

As part of its Hospital Improvement Innovation Network, HAP this week kicked off a new project aimed at supporting hospitals as they work to decrease incidences of venous thromboembolism (VTE) among patients in Pennsylvania hospitals.

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HAP Helps Hospitals Avoid Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injuries

January 13, 2017

During September, 2016, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) was selected as one of only 16 organizations to continue efforts in reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. HAP’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network this week kicked off a new project aimed at supporting hospitals as they work to decrease the rate of hospital-acquired pressure injuries.

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HAP Launches Effort to Reduce Health Care-Associated Infections

January 10, 2017

Through its Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), and in partnership with Quality Insights, HAP today launched a new collaborative to improve patient safety and reduce harm. The Health Care-Associated Infections (HAI) initiative focuses on the prevention of infections that can occur in hospitalized 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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