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Acting Secretary of Health Kicks Off PA’s Sepsis Awareness Month at Conference Hosted by HAP

September 07, 2017

Yesterday, Dr. Rachel Levine, Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General for the Pennsylvania Department of Health, unveiled the Governor’s proclamation declaring September 2017 as Sepsis Awareness Month in the commonwealth. HAP introduced ExSEPSIS, a new initiative designed to help hospitals and health systems reduce sepsis readmissions.

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State Commissioners Counsel U.S. Senate on Health Insurance Market Stability

September 06, 2017

In a hearing before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee, state insurance commissioners offered recommendations for providing greater stability for individual insurance markets. With four hearings scheduled for September, the HELP Committee is working on a bipartisan package to address instability in the health insurance marketplaces. The committee aims to complete development before the end of the month.

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New Joint Commission Pain Management Guidelines Designed to Combat Opioid Crisis

September 06, 2017

In response to the opioid crisis, the Joint Commission—one of the nation’s largest health care accreditation organizations—has released new pain assessment and management standards, effective January 1. The commission accredits and certifies the majority of hospitals and health systems in Pennsylvania, where the opioid crisis has hit especially hard.

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Hospitals Work to Address PA’s Obesity Rate, Up Nearly 50% since 2000

September 05, 2017

During the past 16 years, Pennsylvania’s obesity rate has increased 49 percent, from a rate of 20.3 percent during 2000 to a rate of 30.3 percent during 2016, according to updated data from Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Pennsylvania hospitals are doing their part to address this unhealthy trend.

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Funding for ACA 2018 Open Enrollment Outreach Reduced; Hospitals and Community Partners Urged to Engage in Outreach Efforts

September 01, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it only plans to spend $10 million on education and outreach for the 2018 Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment. Previously $100 million was spent each year for advertising.

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CMS updates transparency tool on hospices; HAP’s Care in PA continues to support transparency efforts for PA

September 01, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently updated Hospice Compare, an informational website that allows consumers to learn more about hospice care in their area.

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Governors Offer Blueprint for Insurance Market Stabilization; Senate Prepares for September Action

August 31, 2017

In a letter to Congressional leaders, a bipartisan group of governors, including Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, encouraged Congress and the Administration to take immediate steps to stabilize the individual health insurance marketplaces, and presented a policy blueprint.

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HAP Suggests Actions to Eliminate Medicare “Red Tape”

August 30, 2017

Pennsylvania hospitals have identified a series of recommendations targeting statutory and regulatory burdens that will reduce the administrative complexity of health care and allow health care providers to spend more time on patients rather than process and paperwork.

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HAP, Pennsylvania Hospitals Assisting with Harvey Response

August 29, 2017

Pennsylvania hospitals are joining the effort to provide volunteer medical staff, resources, and financial support to assist in the disaster response. Additionally, HAP is working with the American Hospital Association and the Texas Hospital Association to promote opportunities for members of the hospital community to contribute to a relief fund to assist displaced hospital employees.

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HAP’s Tom Grace in Texas to Support Medical Response to Harvey

August 29, 2017

News Release:  Tom Grace, vice president, emergency preparedness for The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), has been deployed to support Texas medical operations as a member of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) team from Pennsylvania. Grace serves as a NDMS Federal Disaster Team Commander.

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HAP’s President Highlights PA Hospitals Commitment to Curbing Opioid Abuse

August 28, 2017

The opioid crisis has hit Pennsylvania especially hard. Last year, over 4,600 people lost their lives to opioid related overdoses, an increase of 37 percent from 2015. Andy Carter, HAP president and CEO, highlighted the Pennsylvania hospital community’s efforts to address this crisis in an opinion article on PennLive.

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New AHA Guide: Housing and the Role of Hospitals

August 25, 2017

The American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Research & Educational Trust has released a guide, Housing and the Role of Hospitals, about how hospitals can help address unsuitable housing conditions and homelessness within their communities. It also identifies other considerations often associated with housing instability and homelessness, such as lack of transportation, limited literacy, and lack of social supports.

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Federal Report Shows Overall Improvement in U.S. Health Care Quality; Disparities Persist

August 24, 2017

An annual federal report, 2016 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, about health care quality and access indicates that health care quality across the U.S. improved overall from 2000 through 2014-2015, but at different rates for different priority areas. Although some of the gaps in care are lessening, disparities persist, especially among poor and low-income families.

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South Central PA Opioid Awareness Coalition to host community event

August 23, 2017

News Release:  The South Central PA Opioid Awareness Coalition will host a community awareness and education event at 8 a.m. Friday, September 15, at The Central Hotel and Conference Center in Harrisburg. This event will focus on how the community of health care providers and pharmacists is working together to reduce deaths from opioids and heroin. This event is open to first responders, schools, health service providers, social service agencies, and employers.

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Report Identifies Opportunities for Providers to Better Meet Consumer Expectations

August 23, 2017

Kaufman Hall’s 2017 State of Consumerism in Healthcare, a compilation of online survey responses from 125 organizations, found that health care providers may not be meeting consumer expectations. As increasing out-of-pockets costs force patients to become more educated about their health care, and more sophisticated as consumers about their choices, providers need to make consumer expectations a higher priority.

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