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Governor Wolf Proclaims November as Clostridioides Difficile Awareness Month

November 08, 2019

Governor Wolf recently signed a proclamation declaring November as Clostridioides Difficile Infection (CDI) Awareness Month. Along with other state governors, Governor Wolf is raising awareness of a disease that is one of the most common causes of health care-associated infections.

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New CDC Report Says Infections in PA Hospitals Decline Significantly from 2015 Baseline

November 06, 2019

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recent report about national and state health care-associated infection rates (HAI) shows declines nationwide and in Pennsylvania.

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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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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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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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HAP’s Quality Initiative Helped PA Hospitals Decrease Hospital-acquired Conditions, Preventing Harm and Saving Money

January 31, 2019

From 2011 to 2016, the rate of hospital-acquired conditions fell by 11 percent for hospitals enrolled in HAP's Pennsylvania Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network.

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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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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: Cancer Treatment Centers of America

October 30, 2018

Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center received HAP’s 2018 “In Safe Hands” Achievement Award for its multi-year effort to reduce the incidence of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). As a result of this initiative, the center eliminated CDI among its patients during 15 consecutive months and is working to continue this zero infection rate.

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New CDC Progress Report about National HAI Prevention Efforts

October 16, 2018

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published its 2016 National and State Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Progress Report. The report, the first to measure year-to-year progress using 2015 as the baseline year, provides state- and national-level data about certain HAIs that occurred during 2016 in four health care settings. The baseline was recently updated to take into account advancements in HAI prevention and updated National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) definitions. This more current baseline allows for a more realistic and meaningful view of progress.

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International Infection Prevention Week | Protecting Patients Everywhere

October 15, 2018

This week HAP, Pennsylvania hospitals, and the health care community worldwide are observing International Infection Prevention Week, October 14–20, 2018. This year’s theme is "Protecting Patients Everywhere." Infection prevention practices should not only occur in acute care hospitals but also in outpatient areas such as doctor’s offices, clinics, surgical centers, and behavioral health and rehabilitation hospitals.

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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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