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80,000 Died During Last Year’s Flu Season, Early Vaccination Encouraged

October 01, 2018

Last week, Jerome Adams, MD, the U.S. Surgeon General, announced that an estimated 80,000 people—including 180 children—died during the 2017–2018 flu season.

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PA Receives $55.9 Million in Federal Funds to Continue Fight Opioid Epidemic

September 28, 2018

Last week, Pennsylvania secured $55.9 million federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant implementation the state’s response to the opioid epidemic. This funding complements two $26.5 million grants that have been received during the past two years from SAMHSA as part of the 21st Century CURES Act. With the new SAMHSA grant, Pennsylvania has received a total of $108 million in federal funding to fight the opioid epidemic.

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Federal, State Efforts to Improve Prescription Drug Transparency Move Forward

September 28, 2018

At the federal level, the U.S. House cleared a pair of Senate bills aimed at making it easier for patients to get the lowest price on prescription drugs at the pharmacy counter, sending the legislation to President Donald Trump. At the state level, the Senate Insurance Committee unanimously approved a bill that would do the same, sending the bill to the Senate for consideration.

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PA Senate Declares September 2018 as Sepsis Awareness Month

September 28, 2018

The Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives both adopted a resolution in their respective chambers recognizing September 2018 as “Sepsis Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.

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Op-ed: Telemedicine Bill Will Improve Healthcare Access and Help Lower Costs

September 28, 2018

By Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, and Bill Johnston-Walsh, State Director of AARP P...

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Pennsylvania’s Telemedicine Bill Moves to House for Consideration

September 27, 2018

Earlier this week, the House Professional Licensure Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 780 (Vogel, R-Beaver), telemedicine legislation. The bill now moves to the House for consideration. Please email your lawmaker today and ask that they support Senate Bill 780.

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HAP Launches "The Curbside Advocate" Podcast

September 27, 2018

News Release:  To help connect clinicians with the issues that matter most to their profession, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) has launched The Curbside Advocate, a friendly, peer-to-peer podcast, hosted by Michael J. Consuelos, MD, senior vice president, clinical integration.

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Senate Advances Rural Health Redesign Center

September 27, 2018

Yesterday, Senate Bill 1237, which would establish the Pennsylvania Rural Health Redesign Center (RHRC) Authority and the Pennsylvania Rural Health Redesign Center Fund, was passed unanimously by the Senate’s Health & Human Services Committee.

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During October, Celebrate Patient-Centered Health Care

September 26, 2018

October is Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month, providing an opportunity for Pennsylvania hospitals, patients, and families to celebrate the strides made in creating a health care culture that honors patient choice and encourages patient and family engagement. 

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Report Finds Improving Medication Compliance Reduces Cost, Improves Outcomes

September 25, 2018

The National Council for Behavioral Health’s Medical Director Institute has released a report estimating that half of people on any medication fail to take it as prescribed. Changing this pattern could lead to cost savings and better care management.

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HAP Issues Statement on House Professional Licensure Committee Approval of Telemedicine Bill

September 24, 2018

News Release: Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement after the Pennsylvania House Professional Licensure Committee today voted unanimously to approve Senate Bill 780, which would define telemedicine, provide consumer protections for it, and expand insurance coverage for telemedicine services.

 

 

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Report Details How Hospitals Address Food Insecurity through Community Benefit

September 21, 2018

Food and nutrition play an important role in maintaining good health. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a recent report  by Health Care Without Harm provides a national assessment of healthy food and hospital and health system community benefit by examining the variety of programs described within hospitals’ community health needs assessments (CHNA).

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Caring for Mothers Struggling with Opioid Use Disorder—New SAMHSA Fact Sheets

September 21, 2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) this week announced the release of four fact sheets emphasizing the importance of continuing an expectant mother's treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) throughout pregnancy. 

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Seniors' Opioid-related Hospital Stays, ED Visits Rise Dramatically

September 20, 2018

According to a new report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), opioid misuse among older adults is a growing problem. Opioid-related hospital stays and emergency department (ED) visits for patients 65 and older have increased sharply. In contrast, seniors’ non-opioid related hospitalizations have declined.

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U.S. Senate Committee Considers Role of Transparency in Addressing Health Care Costs

September 19, 2018

In the fourth hearing in a series exploring how to reduce health care costs, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee dedicated attention to the role of transparency in lowering health care spending and empowering patients. 

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