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Federal Officials Press FDA to Address Drug Shortages

June 22, 2018

Members in both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to exercise its authority to the fullest extent possible to address drug shortages.

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Pressure Injury Authority Online Survey Focuses on “Voice of the Patient”

June 22, 2018

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel  has announced a new online consumer survey designed to solicit the “voice of the patient.”

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CMS Delays Updates to its Hospital Quality Star Ratings

June 14, 2018

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the postponement of the planned release of its updated overall hospital quality star ratings on Hospital Compare slated for July. The delay, said to be due to concerns from stakeholders, will allow CMS to perform analyses on proposed changes to methodology posted during May.

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Health Literacy Identified as Barrier to Good Health; 'Engage for Health' Program Can Help

June 11, 2018

A statement issued by the American Heart Association and published in the journal Circulation highlights limited health literacy as a significant, invisible barrier to good health for many Americans. The Engage for Health, health literacy program can help.

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Health Care Organizations Focus on Hand Hygiene to Prevent Sepsis

May 03, 2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) is stressing that on May 5, health care organizations focus on the importance of hand hygiene in preventing sepsis. WHO, in its latest effort to improve hand hygiene compliance and reduce sepsis, has declared May 5 as World Hand Hygiene Day and developed a call for action for health care organizations.

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House Recognizes Pennsylvania Hospitals through Hospital Week Resolution

May 02, 2018

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously approved the week of May 6–12, 2018, as “National Hospital Week” in Pennsylvania. Representative Kathy Rapp (R-Warren) sponsored House Resolution 869 as part of the national week that highlights the work and important role hospitals play in the health and well-being of our communities.

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AHRQ Issues Updated Guide to Help Improve Safety in Primary Care Settings

April 30, 2018

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has issued an updated Guide to Improving Patient Safety in Primary Care Settings by Engaging Patients and Families. The guide features strategies for patients and families, clinicians and primary care clinical staff to improve communication.

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News Release: Latest PHC4 Report Shows Drop in Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations

April 26, 2018

News Release:  The latest Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) report highlights the important work that hospitals are doing to help consumers maintain optimal health and delay disease progression. The report, released today, found that during the past decade—fiscal year (FY) 2009 through FY 2017—the rate of potentially preventable hospitalizations dropped by 28 percent.

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Hospital Supporter Senator Baker Recognizes PA Hospitals on Senate Floor

April 25, 2018

Today, the Pennsylvania Senate adopted a resolution recognizing the week of May 6–12, 2018, as “National Hospital Week” in the commonwealth. Sponsored by Senator Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne), Senate Resolution 351 highlights the critical role hospitals play in delivering vital health care and improving the quality of life in Pennsylvania communities.

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Patient Experience Week is April 23–27, 2018

April 24, 2018

Pennsylvania health care providers and consumers have the opportunity to celebrate Patient Experience Week April 2327, 2018. This annual event, organized by The Beryl Institute, provides a focused time for organizations to celebrate accomplishments, reenergize efforts, and honor individuals who impact the patient experience every day.

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HAP Encourages Conversations about End-of-Life Care Today and Every Day

April 16, 2018

April 16–22 is a week devoted to discussing end-of-life care. During National Healthcare Decisions Day, HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals encourage individuals to use this day as an opportunity to discuss end-of-life care preferences.

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Study Finds Antibiotic-Resistant Infection Treatment Costs Have Doubled Since 2002

March 26, 2018

A study published in Heath Affairs found that between 2002–2014, an estimated 14 million infections occurred each year in U.S. civilian non-institutionalized adults, and 1.2 million of them were due to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 11–17, 2018

March 12, 2018

Pennsylvania health care providers and consumers have the opportunity to celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week March 11–17, 2018. This annual event, organized by the National Patient Safety Foundation is designed to create awareness about patient safety and to empower consumers to take an active role in their health care. The focus this year is on patient engagement and safety culture.

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New PHC4 Report Shows Pennsylvania Hospitals Making Progress to Address Clostridium difficile Infections

March 01, 2018

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) today released a report assessing the Pennsylvania hospital community’s progress to reduce Clostridium difficile infections (CDI).

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HAP Achievement Awards Winner Spotlight: UPMC Susquehanna

February 02, 2018

UPMC Susquehanna received a HAP Achievement Award for improving maternity care and surgical instrument tracking.

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