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Health Care Workforce Study Resolution Clears Committee

March 14, 2018

Pennsylvania’s House Labor and Industry Committee voted unanimously to approve a resolution, House Resolution 754, calling for a study of Pennsylvania’s long-term health care workforce needs. 

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Organ Donation Legislation Considered in House Committee

March 13, 2018

Today, the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee passed legislation regarding organ donation laws. Senate Bill 108, sponsored by Senator John Sabatina (D-Philadelphia) and Senate Bill 180, sponsored by Senator Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery), were both voted out of the committee as amended.

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Pediatric Opioid-Related Hospitalizations Increasing

March 13, 2018

A new study about some of the youngest victims of the opioid crisis shows the rate of children hospitalized in the U.S. for opioid-related concerns is increasing. Between 2004 and 2015, the number of pediatric intensive care admissions for opioid ingestion or overdose doubled despite national efforts to curb opioid use among adults.

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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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HAP Achievement Awards Winner Spotlight: OSS Health

March 09, 2018

Incredible work is being done across the state as Pennsylvania hospitals step up to improve health care and implement programs to tackle societal challenges, such as the opioid crisis. Its impact is undeniable. It is the number one cause of accidental death, and four times more people die from overdoses than from automobile accidents.

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Congressional Committee Considers Preparedness and Response to Seasonal Influenza

March 08, 2018

The U.S. House Energy & Commerce Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee heard testimony from leading government officials about public health preparedness for the seasonal influenza and ways to improve the response.

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Overwhelming Majority of Americans Support Access to Affordable Health Insurance

March 08, 2018

New survey results about Americans’ health insurance coverage indicate that an overwhelming majority (92%) support the right of all Americans to have access to affordable health care insurance. In addition, almost nine out of ten agree with paying into Medicare to ensure access to health care for older Americans. However, many with health insurance outside of employer-based coverage are concerned about the future of their own health insurance because of uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Market Stabilization Policies Under Review at Federal Level

March 07, 2018

Leading up to the March 23 deadline to fund the government, federal lawmakers, the Administration, and stakeholders are engaged in negotiations over a stabilization package that would steady health insurance marketplaces.

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CMS launches MyHealthEData and Medicare’s Blue Button 2.0

March 07, 2018

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced two initiatives aimed at empowering patients by giving them access and control of their own medical data. MyHealthEData is an initiative intended to provide patients with electronic access to their own health records. Medicare’s Blue Button 2.0 is an initiative to provide Medicare beneficiaries with their medical claims data in a universal and secure digital format.

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House Committee Hears from Top Health and Human Services Officials about State Budget

March 06, 2018

Pennsylvania’s leaders for the state Department of Human Services and the Department of Health faced the House Appropriations Committee during an all-day budget hearing about Governor Wolf’s proposed 2018–2019 state budget. They addressed several issues of interest to the hospital and health system community.

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Electronic Health Record Adoption Continues to Grow

March 05, 2018

In the United States, adoption rates for electronic health records (EHR) have continued to increase due to federal regulations and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services EHR Incentive Program. EHRs are powerful tools available to hospitals and health systems to increase the quality of care to patients, and reduce the cost of providing that care.

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HAP Achievement Awards Winner Spotlight: Hahnemann University Hospital

March 02, 2018

Incredible work is being done across the state as Pennsylvania hospitals work to improve the quality and safety of patient care. This week, we’re sharing the award-winning program developed by Hahnemann University Hospital to reduce its rate of Clostridium difficile (CDI).

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House Appropriations Committee Shifts Budget Hearing Focus to Opioid Crisis

March 01, 2018

The Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee today dedicated its budget hearings to discussing the opioid crisis with state public health agencies and the commonwealth’s top law enforcement officer.

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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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Wolf Administration Announces Efforts to Streamline Access to Medication-assisted Treatments

March 01, 2018

Governor Tom Wolf today held a press conference at Crozer-Chester Medical Center to announce his administration’s intention to streamline access to treatment for Pennsylvanians suffering from opioid use disorder.

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