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DHS Creates New PASRR Website

May 19, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) has created a new website to assist hospitals in completing the Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) for patients being discharged to a Medicaid-certified nursing facility. The PASRR process is a federal requirement to assess the patient’s needs to ensure the most appropriate setting.

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Chronic Care Management Legislation Advances in U.S. Senate Finance Committee

May 18, 2017

Today, federal efforts to improve the Medicare program for seniors suffering from chronic conditions advanced in the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 (or S.870) won unanimous approval from the committee.

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NEWS RELEASE: Health care providers, organizations team up to combat opioid crisis

May 17, 2017

South Central PA Opioid Awareness Coalition launches during National Prevention Week May 17, 2017 South Central Pennsylvania’s health care...

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Grant Funds Available to Support Telemedicine

May 17, 2017

This week, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that hospitals and others could apply for grants up to $500,000 for equipment and technical assistance to provide telemedicine services in rural areas.

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Nationally Insured Coverage Relatively Stable Between 2015 and 2016; Pennsylvania Uninsured Dropped

May 16, 2017

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released the 2016 findings from their national survey, which found that there was relatively no change in the uninsured between 2015 and 2016 nationally. However, in Pennsylvania, the survey reflects a continued drop in the percentage of uninsured from 2013 through 2016.

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HAP Closely Monitoring Ransomware Attack

May 15, 2017

Since Friday, industries across the globe have been impacted by a large-scale ransomware attack. HAP is in contact with state and federal agencies on this matter and will continue to monitor the situation. HAP’s Emergency Preparedness staff is ready to work with member hospitals to provide prevention and response assistance, should the need arise. 

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New Study About Medicare Beneficiaries Emphasizes Importance of Access and Affordability

May 12, 2017

A new report issued by The Commonwealth Fund found that more than one-fourth of Medicare  beneficiaries—an estimated 15 million elderly and disabled people—spent 20 percent or more of their household income on out-of-pocket medical expenses and monthly premiums during 2016.  

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Helping At-Risk Patients Eat Healthy

May 11, 2017

News Release:  Seven Philadelphia-area health systems representing 18 hospitals, ten community partners, two health plans, and several public health agencies have begun a Healthy Food Access Pilot designed to connect patients in need with appropriate resources and programs.

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New Poll Measures Voter Sentiment About ACA Repeal and Replace

May 10, 2017

As the United States Senate determines its approach to a repeal and replace of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a new poll looks at voter sentiment about the issue.

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Hospital Supporters Representative Baker and Senator Baker Recognize PA Hospitals During National Hospital Week

May 09, 2017

The state House and Senate adopted resolutions recognizing the week of May 7–13, 2017, as “National Hospital Week."

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FDA Delays Rule That Promotes Healthier Living; Hospital Programs Help Address Healthy Eating and Fight Hunger

May 08, 2017

The Food and Drug Administration will delay implementation of the Menu Labeling Rule aimed at addressing the obesity epidemic and the importance of healthy living.

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Hospitals Fight Antibiotic Resistance, Honor World Hand Hygiene Day

May 05, 2017

Today—May 5—is the World Health Organization’s (WHO) annual global reminder to health care workers to clean their hands at all the right times, every time. Many Pennsylvania hospitals are working together, as part of HAP’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network, to adopt innovative ways to achieve this goal and fight infections, especially those that have developed resistance to antibiotics and antivirals.

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Passage of AHCA Threatens Hard-won Progress Towards Improving Health

May 04, 2017

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 217 to 213 to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that would partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Pennsylvania hospitals oppose the legislation, which would jeopardize coverage for more than 1.1 million Pennsylvanians and undermine critical protections benefiting millions across the Commonwealth.

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HAP: AHCA Vote Threatens Coverage For More Than 1.1 Million Pennsylvanians

May 04, 2017

News Release:  Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a measure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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PA Hospitals Add 1,400 Jobs during March

May 04, 2017

Hospital employment in Pennsylvania increased by 1,400 jobs from February 2017 to March 2017, for total direct hospital employment of 274,600. This is 7,300 more hospital jobs than one year ago, during March 2016, when the total number was 267,300. These jobs figures are not seasonally adjusted.

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