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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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Non-General Acute Care Hospital Financial Data Shows Variation in 2015

November 15, 2016

The most recent public information about the financial health of the 75 non-general acute care (GAC) hospitals (rehabilitation, psychiatric, long-term acute care, and specialty hospitals) in Pennsylvania shows mixed results.

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WHO Releases New Guidelines to Prevent Surgical Site Infections and Superbugs

November 14, 2016

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), surgical site infections in the United States add more than 400,000 hospital days each year, and account for $900 million in avoidable health care-related costs. Working to reduce surgical site infections globally, WHO has released 29 recommendations aimed at preventing infections before and during surgery.

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CDC’s 2016 Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, November 14-20

November 11, 2016

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an updated toolkit in support of its 2016 Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, which starts Monday, November 14. Get Smart About Antibiotics Week is an annual initiative with the goal of increasing awareness about antibiotic resistance and the importance of proper prescribing.

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Hospitals Thank Our Veterans for Their Service and Work to Connect Them to Health Care Jobs

November 11, 2016

As the nation celebrates Veterans Day, one of the ways we can support these men and women is to create a path to civilian careers. Veterans who have medical backgrounds are excellent candidates for health care jobs. 

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Central PA PRSA Recognizes HAP’s Healthy Me PA Digital Community with Keystone Award

November 10, 2016

The Public Relations Society of America Central Pennsylvania chapter recognized HAP’s Healthy Me PA digital community with the Keystone Award for the Digital Public Relations category. The 2016 Keystone Awards program recognizes excellence in public relations research, planning, implementation, and evaluation.

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How will 2016 Election Impact on Hospitals, Health Care? Time Will Tell

November 09, 2016

While the long-term impact of the 2016 election on hospitals and health care remains to be seen, Congress and the new Administration are expected to explore options to replace the Affordable Care Act. Exactly what changes are pursued, when they may be voted, and exactly how they may impact hospitals and the patients they care for remains uncertain.

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New Study: More Than Half of All Americans Have at Least One Chronic Health Concern

November 08, 2016

Newly published study results show that a little more than half of U.S. adults have at least one chronic health condition, including mental health disorders and substance use/dependence issues.

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Research Confirms That Consumers Are Playing a Strong Role in Health Care’s Future

November 07, 2016

The consumer’s role in health care decision-making has changed dramatically during the past several years. The growth in high-deductible health insurance plans that affect out-of-pocket costs is a key driver.

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Congressman Pat Meehan Earns Health Care Leadership Award

November 07, 2016

News Release: The Delaware Valley Healthcare Council (DVHC) of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) announced the recipient of its 2016 Distinguished Leadership Award, U.S. Congressman Pat Meehan (R-PA 7), in honor of his leadership in Washington, DC, to support and improve health care in Pennsylvania. 

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Hospitals Fighting Violence on All Fronts, National Program Provides Support

November 04, 2016

Violence is considered a major public health and safety issue throughout the country. Hospitals and health systems are working to help address violence in communities and within hospital settings.

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Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Supports Care Coordination and Integration

November 03, 2016

In a final rule that updates policies under the Medicare physician fee schedule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalizes payment changes that assign greater value to care coordination. 

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Final OPPS Rule Addresses EHR Adoption, Behavioral Health, and Pain Management

November 03, 2016

In addition to implementing the new "site-neutral" payment policy, the calendar year 2017 Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system final rule provides additional flexibility in the adoption of electronic health record (EHR) technology, expands the availability of behavioral health services, and addresses potential unintended consequences of pain management efforts.

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CDC’s National Insurance Survey Report: Uninsured Rate Down, But Challenges Remain

November 03, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, January–June 2016, reflecting the progress of health insurance coverage expansion.

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Governor Wolf Signs Legislation to Curb Opioid Crisis

November 02, 2016

This afternoon, Governor Wolf was joined by a bipartisan group of legislators, his cabinet secretaries, and advocates to sign into law the legislative package of bills aimed at curbing the opioid crisis gripping Pennsylvania’s communities.

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