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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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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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CDC Estimates Show Decline in Number of Drug Overdose Deaths in Pennsylvania

July 25, 2019

According to provisional data posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of reported drug overdose deaths in Pennsylvania has declined by 18.8 percent over the last year (from 5,434 during December 2017 to 4,410 during December 2018).

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News Release: Bloomberg Philanthropies Selects Pennsylvania Hospitals for Cutting-edge Opioid Learning and Action Collaborative

July 09, 2019

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) is honored to announce the formation of HAP’s Opioid Learning Action Network (LAN). The LAN is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, which announced last year that it would award $50 million in grants across several states to combat opioid addition. Pennsylvania was selected as the first state to participate in the initiative.

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PA Expands Statewide Health Information Exchange

July 03, 2019

Central Pennsylvania Connect Health Information Exchange, one of the state’s five regional health information organizations (HIOs), is now connected to the PA Patient & Provider Network (P3N). All five of Pennsylvania’s current HIOs are now connected to P3N.

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PA Hospitals to See Slightly Reduced Penalties under New CMS Rule

April 29, 2019

A study published last week in JAMA Internal Medicine analyzed how Medicare’s recent changes to the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) affect hospitals with high versus low proportions of dual Medicaid- and Medicare-eligible patient populations. 

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News Release: HAP Announces 2019 Achievement Award Winners

April 24, 2019

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) announces its 2019 Achievement Award recipients.

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Pennsylvania Hospitals Focus on Reducing Readmissions via Care Transitions

April 15, 2019

Preventing avoidable hospital readmissions continues as a priority for HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals. Research has found that acute and post-acute care organizations face unique challenges and barriers during care transitions which can affect readmissions. To address this opportunity, HAP’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) has launched a series of tools during the National Care Transitions Awareness Day on April 16.

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PA Hospitals Encouraged to Submit Innovative Programs to 2019 HAP Achievement Awards

January 23, 2019

It’s no secret that Pennsylvania’s health care landscape is changing at an increasingly rapid pace and its hospitals and health systems are rising to that challenge through innovative programs to improve the quality of care, patient experience, and technology to meet the needs of the communities they serve. HAP members are encouraged to review the 2019 Achievement Awards Call for Entries and submit their innovative patient-centered initiatives that improve health care quality and efficiency and the health of their communities by March 1.

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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital

January 14, 2019

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital received HAP’s 2018 Optimal Operations Award for its 1 to 1 Supervision Reduction at an Acute Rehabilitation Hospital program.

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News Release: New Report: PA Hospitals Decrease Mortality, Readmissions

November 15, 2018

News Release:  Pennsylvania’s hospitals continue to make strides in improving the quality and outcomes of the care they deliver to patients across the commonwealth, according to a report released today by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4).

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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: Titusville Area Hospital

November 05, 2018

Titusville Area Hospital received HAP’s 2018 “Excellence in Care” Achievement Award for implementing process changes that reduced its Emergency Department (ED) “door to doc” times by nearly one half, reduced the overall time patients spend in the ED, and increased patient satisfaction scores.

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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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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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