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January 11, 2021

CMS Extends Deadline for New Rural Health Pilot Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the application deadline for health care providers, community organizations, government agencies, and other groups looking to take part in a new federal program aimed at redesigning health care in rural communities.

January 06, 2021

HAP 2020 Achievement Awards: St. Luke’s, Monroe Campus

HAP’s Achievement Awards showcase exceptional programs throughout Pennsylvania’s hospital community. This week, HAP is proud to recognize St. Luke’s Monroe Campus for its dedication to patient safety and its outstanding work to reduce patient falls.

December 28, 2020

HAP 2020 Achievement Awards: Washington Health System, Washington

HAP’s Achievement Awards showcase exceptional programs throughout Pennsylvania’s hospital community. This week, HAP is proud to recognize Washington Health System for its collaborative project offering peer support to hospital workers who become victimized or traumatized by an unanticipated experience.

December 10, 2020

New Federal Report Shows Progress in Reducing Health Care-Associated Infections

Preventing health care-associated infections (HAI) is a top priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its partners. This increased focus and commitment to protecting patients has served as the foundation for improved HAI rates nationally. CDC’s newly published 2019 National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Progress Report shows that the U.S. has made significant reductions in several types of HAIs and highlights areas where more improvements are needed.

December 04, 2020

PA Hospitals Reduce Readmission, Mortality Rates during 2019

Pennsylvania’s hospitals improved readmission and mortality rates in several important treatment areas during 2019, leading to thousands of lives saved and fewer readmissions, according to an annual performance report released this week from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council.

January 14, 2016

Do Rural Residents Deserve Less Access Than Their Urban Counterparts?

Health care is undergoing a major transformation as we move from a volume-based model of care to a value-based model. The Triple Aim focus of improved patient experience, population health, and reduced health care costs is appropriate. But not every hospital can get to the destination at the same pace or even in the same way. The challenge is greatest for small, rural providers.

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