HAP Initiatives Supporting Health Care Coordination Across Health Care Settings


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Current HAP Initiatives

Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

Pennsylvania hospitals are essential in public health and medical emergency response. They have plans in place to deal with everyday emergencies and unexpected disasters, and work to improve their response capabilities by reviewing and testing their plans, holding disaster drills, and working with first responders.

End-of-Life Care Planning

End-of-life care planning is an important part of health care delivery. Patients should be able to define their quality of life in their final days. End-of-life care has a critical place in the continuum of care, which refers to the array of health services spanning all levels and intensity from birth to death.

Health Care Reform

Health Care Reform

Pennsylvania hospitals have worked toward health care reform since passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. HAP and its member hospitals and health systems support programs that provide individuals with health insurance coverage and improved access to quality and safe care in the most appropriate settings.

Health IT

Health IT

Health information technology (Health IT) describes the different technologies used to store, share, and analyze health data. Health IT improves patient care at the point of care, but also when coordinating care across settings. HAP is working with hospitals and stakeholders to implement health IT that will improve patient quality and reduce health care errors and costs.

Improving Patient Experience

Satisfied patients have better care outcomes, greater compliance with treatment, fewer unhealthy behaviors, and fewer visits to the emergency department. When patients and their families are engaged as partners with the health care team, patients report better physical and emotional health.

Increasing Transparency

Improving the consumer health care experience is a top priority for hospitals and health systems. That experience begins well before the delivery of health care services. As consumers become more involved in making decisions about their medical care, they need and deserve information about the cost and quality of their care.

Integrating Care

Coordination of health care services is the most effective approach to caring for individuals with multiple health care needs. Partnerships and collaboration among the health care community improves care access, delivery, transitions, and patient outcomes.

Physician Leadership

Physician Leadership

Hospital and health system physician leaders’ roles are changing in response to delivery system, payment, and health insurance reforms. HAP’s Physician Leadership Advisory Group guides HAP in its physician leadership initiative to support physicians through these changes and strengthen the hospital-physician relationship.

Community Health Needs Assessment

Population Health

The new health care delivery model calls for a stronger focus on population health. By identifying health care problems sooner, and providing education, and prevention and intervention programs at the community level, hospitals can reduce the need for inpatient care and health care reduce costs.

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