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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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October is Health Literacy Month; Engage for Health for Better Outcomes and a More Positive Experience

October 08, 2018

October is Health Literacy Month and an excellent opportunity to focus on the importance of patient and family literacy toward achieving better patient outcomes and providing a more positive patient experience.

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PA Senate Declares September 2018 as Sepsis Awareness Month

September 28, 2018

The Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives both adopted a resolution in their respective chambers recognizing September 2018 as “Sepsis Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.

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During October, Celebrate Patient-Centered Health Care

September 26, 2018

October is Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month, providing an opportunity for Pennsylvania hospitals, patients, and families to celebrate the strides made in creating a health care culture that honors patient choice and encourages patient and family engagement. 

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Report Finds Improving Medication Compliance Reduces Cost, Improves Outcomes

September 25, 2018

The National Council for Behavioral Health’s Medical Director Institute has released a report estimating that half of people on any medication fail to take it as prescribed. Changing this pattern could lead to cost savings and better care management.

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Telemedicine Applications, Benefits Highlighted at House Professional Licensure Hearing

September 12, 2018

Several members of Pennsylvania’s hospital community participated in today’s state House Professional Licensure Committee hearing about Senate Bill 780 (Vogel), telemedicine legislation.

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HAP Sepsis Conference Highlights New Research, Best Practices

September 06, 2018

News Release:  Yesterday, sepsis researchers and experts, as well as clinical staff from across the state met in Harrisburg for The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s (HAP) 2018 Sepsis Conference.

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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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