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Reauthorization of HAP-supported PHC4 Legislation Passes PA Senate, Moves to House

October 31, 2019

The Pennsylvania Senate has passed legislation to reauthorize the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4).  Senate Bill 841, sponsored by Sen. Scott Martin (R-Lancaster), also modernizes the council by updating its powers and duties, and now moves to the House for consideration.

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Pennsylvania’s Workplace Safety Bills Continue to Advance as Health Care Worker Safety Remains in the Spotlight

October 29, 2019

As thousands of Pennsylvanians continue to urge lawmakers to pass a package of measures that would help make health care workers safer on the job, the message is being heard loud and clear. This week, Senate Bill 351, offered by Sen. Judy Ward (R-Blair), and House Bill 1880, offered by Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-York) both advanced through the legislative process.

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U.S. House Takes Action to Promote Health Care Workforce, Transparency on Pharmacy Benefit Managers

October 29, 2019

Yesterday, the U.S. House unanimously approved a series of bills poised to improve and strengthen our nation’s health care system by investing in health care workforce development and training programs; and authorizing new tools to improve the availability of information regarding drug prices.

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National Drug Take Back Day Helps Pennsylvanians Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse

October 25, 2019

Saturday, October 26, is National Drug Take Back Day, an event to remind patients about the importance of safely discarding expired or unused medications.

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Joint News Release: Tri-State Hospital Group Partners to Improve Healthcare Quality, Patient Safety

October 24, 2019

Three hospital associations in New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania today announced the creation of Q3 Health Innovation Partners (Q3HIP), a new joint venture to improve health quality and patient safety.

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HAP Celebrates “Healthcare Quality Week”

October 23, 2019

Healthcare Quality Week, sponsored by the National Association for Healthcare Quality, is dedicated to celebrating the contributions professionals have made in the field and bringing greater awareness to the profession of health care quality.

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Key Committees Advance HAP-supported Workplace Safety Bills

October 22, 2019

Two bills to protect health care workers in Pennsylvania hospitals today received approvals from key state Senate panels.

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PA Hospital Employees Share Personal Stories of Workplace Violence, Urge State Lawmakers to Help Improve Workplace Safety

September 30, 2019

At a listening session recently held at UPMC Altoona, staff from five Pennsylvania hospitals shared with lawmakers personal stories illustrating the urgent need for legislation to help improve workplace safety for health care workers. Pennsylvania hospitals are calling for passage of several measures currently under consideration in the state legislature.

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News Release: Legislative Leaders Hear from Hospital Staff about Ways to Prevent Workplace Violence

September 30, 2019

News Release:  Last week, state lawmakers learned firsthand the urgency of passing legislation to protect health care workers in Pennsylvania’s hospitals.

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During October, Celebrate Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month

September 27, 2019

October is Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month, a time to reflect on the important role that patients and families play in the delivery of health care. 

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News Release: HAP Announces Inaugural Recipients of Excellence in Patient Safety Recognition

September 24, 2019

Pennsylvania’s hospital community is united by a shared commitment to continuously improve upon the safe, high-quality care they deliver to patients. To support this endeavor, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) is pleased to announce the first honorees of its Excellence in Patient Safety Recognition program.

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State Proposals Could Help Reduce Health Care Workplace Violence; Act Now

September 23, 2019

If you are one of Pennsylvania’s some 300,000 health care employees you likely know someone who has been physically or verbally abused by a patient. Unfortunately, whether it’s triggered by stress, pain, anger, fear, or the influence of drugs or alcohol, violence against health care workers is on the rise.

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Former Pennsylvania Safety Leader Returns to State for Keynote Presentation

September 06, 2019

HAP’s 2019 Patient Safety, Quality and Sepsis Symposium keynote speaker will be Ana Pujols McKee, MD, executive vice president and chief medical officer of The Joint Commission, and former board chair for the Pennsylvania Safety Authority. 

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HAP’s Achievement Award Spotlight: Doylestown Health

September 03, 2019

Every hospital aims to increase a patient’s quality of care and reduce readmissions. Doylestown Health is making award-winning progress with its Cardiothoracic Transitional Care Nurse program.  

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Healthcare Equity Index Scores Health Care Facilities for Equitable Treatment of LGBTQ Patients, Visitors, and Employees

August 27, 2019

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation recently released its 12th annual Healthcare Equity Index, which scores health care facilities on policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees.

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