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CMS’ Verma Shares Vision for Better Health; Identifies Regulatory Reform as Key Piece

May 07, 2018

One of the nation’s top health experts shared her vision for better health care with hospital leaders.

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National Hospital Week Provides Opportunity to Celebrate Pennsylvania Hospitals

May 07, 2018

This week, May 6–12, 2018, is National Hospital Week. First declared during 1921, National Hospital Week for almost a century has been a week to celebrate and thank the committed men and women that touch the lives of the patients and communities they serve. The week also provides an opportunity to reflect on the diverse roles that hospitals play as community anchors, job creators, and economic drivers.

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HAP Develops Online Infection Prevention Training for Outpatient Settings

May 04, 2018

HAP’s infection preventionists have developed three online training modules that address infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship in outpatient settings. The one-hour modules—designed for physicians, nurses, and other clinicians—are available on TRAIN PA, Pennsylvania's public health training website.

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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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Survey Finds Coverage Gains under ACA Beginning to Reverse

May 01, 2018

Findings from the latest Commonwealth Fund tracking survey demonstrate that the increased number of individuals covered by health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is beginning to reverse.

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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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State Addresses Next Steps to Help Opioid Overdose Patients Get Treatment; HAP Supports Efforts

April 27, 2018

State health care leaders held a news conference about their six regional summits focused on warm hand-off programs. The summits provided a forum to discuss challenges and solutions, and share best practices.

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HAP Statement: Warm Hand-off Regional Summits

April 27, 2018

News Release:  The Pennsylvania Department of Health today held a news conference following regional summits about opioid overdose warm hand-off programs. Michael J. Consuelos, M.D., HAP’s senior vice president, clinical integration, issued the following statemetn in response.

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Promotes Safe Disposal of Dangerous Medications

April 27, 2018

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) urges residents of the commonwealth to take advantage of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, April 28, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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Federal Opioid Packages Advance in Congressional Committees

April 26, 2018

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee and U.S. House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee approved legislative packages designed to take next steps at the federal level to address the opioid epidemic.

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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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AHA Opposes Short-Term, Limited-Duration Health Insurance Policies; Details Potentially Negative Impact in Comment Letter

April 25, 2018

The American Hospital Association (AHA) this week submitted a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, emphasizing concern surrounding a proposed federal rule amending the definition of short-term, limited-duration health insurance policies. The AHA cautioned the rule would undermine efforts to promote greater enrollment in coverage that provides vital consumer protections, ultimately reducing costs by balancing insurance market risk pools.

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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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