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HAP Kicks Off Statewide Effort to Address Social Determinants of Health

April 25, 2019

Hospitals across Pennsylvania are hosting focus groups and information sessions to learn about the health needs of their communities as part of their triannual community health needs assessments. Concurrently, HAP convened a group of leaders on the front lines of initiatives aimed at addressing the economic and social conditions that impact health. HAP’s collaborative kicked off an association-wide priority to identify strategies for addressing these social determinants of health.

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PA is a Leader in Alternative Payment Models for Health Care

April 24, 2019

A new study says Pennsylvania is one of three states leading the national movement to a new way of paying for health care. A study commissioned by Change Healthcare reveals that during the past five years, the number of states implementing alternative payment models (APM) has increased sevenfold. 

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Celebrate National Nurses Week 2019, Recognize Pennsylvania Nurses

April 23, 2019

May 6-12 is National Nurses Week. Prepare now to recognize the safe, quality care nurses provide to patients across the state.

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As CMS Sets Rules for 2020 Health Insurance Marketplaces, PA Proposes State-based Exchange

April 22, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, has finalized the Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2020. These parameters would set the 2020 standards for health insurance companies, services, and organizations and the health insurance marketplaces.

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Nurse Leaders, Lawmakers Rally in Support of Full Practice Authority for Certified Nurse Practitioners

April 09, 2019

Nurse practitioners and health care champions met in Harrisburg today to rally in support of legislative proposals to help advanced practices professionals obtain full practice authority in Pennsylvania.

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AHRQ, GAO Report on Use—and Underuse—of Behavioral Health Services

April 05, 2019

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) last week released a Statistical Brief analyzing inpatient stays involving mental and substance use disorders (MSUD) in community hospitals. AHRQ examined MSUD-related inpatient stay characteristics, including costs, length of stay, discharge status, patient demographics, primary expected payor, and hospital location. 

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April is National Donate Life Month; PA Hospitals Encourage Organ Donation Awareness and Designations

April 01, 2019

April has been designated as National Donate Life Month in an effort to encourage Americans to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.

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PA Hospitals Outperformed National Rates on Lowering Health care-associated Infections

March 22, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a report showing that the U.S. has made significant reductions in several types of health care-associated infections and highlights areas where more improvements are needed.

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Report Says Gap in Professional Skills a Key Problem as Health Care Industry Strives to Fill Jobs

March 21, 2019

The job search website Indeed recently published a report identifying a gap in professional skills as the reason the health care industry is not able to fill jobs.

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U.S. HHS Leader Azar Pledges Historic Regulatory Reforms During 2019

March 20, 2019

Federal Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar addressed health care attorneys this week about the role that regulatory reform plays in better health care at a lower cost.

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Research Reveals that the Number of Youth Visiting EDs for Psychiatric Problems is Rising

March 19, 2019

Research published in the journal, Pediatrics, reports that the number of young people ages 6 to 24 who visited emergency departments for psychiatric problems rose by 28 percent between 2011 and 2015.

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Prepare to Celebrate Patient Experience Week during April

March 19, 2019

Pennsylvania health care providers and consumers have the opportunity to celebrate Patient Experience Week April 22–26, 2019. This annual event provides a focused time for organizations to celebrate accomplishments, re-energize efforts, and honor individuals who have impacted the patient experience in health care every day.

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Report about Public Option Signals Problems; Threats to Patient Access to Care and Massive Hospital Funding Cuts

March 12, 2019

Two national hospital groups have released a new report that considers the implications of a policy proposal to make a public health insurance plan fully available on the health exchanges beginning in 2024. 

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New Report Shows Patient Struggle with Drug Costs; Aging Committee Discusses Options to Improve Affordability

March 08, 2019

A new poll details the extent to which Americans are struggling to afford prescription drug medications and the impact of rising drug costs on their care. The poll validates federal policymakers' interest in addressing the issue.

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Hospitals Remain a High-Value Target for Cyber-Criminals, HAPevolve Can Help

March 07, 2019

Hospitals are at high risk for cyber-threats. From security breaches to ransomware attacks, vulnerabilities are growing and solutions are needed.

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