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The Power of Partnerships: Improving Patient Care
Highlights quality and patient safety initiatives in hospitals across PA


Comment letter to PA Dept of Human Services
On Managed Long-Term Services and Support Discussion Document (Jul 2015)


Comment Letter to CMS
On CY 2016 home health PPS proposed rule (Sept 2015)


Comment Letter to CMS
On Medicare and Medicaid programs reform of LTC requirements proposed rule (Oct 2015)


Comment letter to PA Dept of Human Services
On Managed Long-Term Services and Support (Oct 2015)


Comment Letter to CMS
Requirements for Discharge Planning for Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Home Health Agencies (Jan 2016)


Highlighting the Value of Trauma Care
Resources to assist trauma leaders with highlighting the value of trauma care (Aug 2015)


Testimony Before Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee
On 302 commitments and behavioral health care services (Sep 2015)


HAP Testimony
On preventing opioid addiction and related deaths (Oct 2015)


Integrating Care Improves Patient Outcomes

The movement of a patient from one health care setting to another, or the need for a patient to see more than one physician or provider at a time can be challenging for both providers and patients.

Education for the patient and family, cooperation between providers, quality care that is well coordinated, and the timely transfer of critical clinical and lifestyle information can lead to a successful and satisfying patient experience.

HAP and its member organizations, including rehabilitation, behavioral health, long-term care, hospice, and trauma facilities are working together to improve patient transitions between providers and care outcomes through:

Post-Acute Care Collaboration

HAP is convening collaborative meetings with medical rehabilitation facilities, long-term care facilities, home health organizations, and behavioral health facilities to discuss a migration from the current model of care delivery, where silos exist, to a collaborative model that builds and strengthens partnerships between each stage of pre- or post-acute care.

Improving Access to Behavioral Health Resources

The Affordable Care Act supports new health care delivery models that will better serve behavioral health patients by coordinating and managing all health care needs of an individual. HAP is working to secure additional state and federal funds to initiate new behavioral health care models in the state.

HAP also is advocating for the use of advanced practice professionals in the behavioral health care setting to preserve access in high-utilization and under-served areas. HAP will continue to assist hospitals with outreach and enrollment to get coverage for uninsured behavioral health patients.

Maintaining Access to Trauma Care

Trauma centers provide highly skilled teams of medical specialists to provide care during and after an occurrence of trauma. Up to 16 physicians in various specialties are on standby, and nursing teams are ready in the operating room and critical care units. Due to patient mix, trauma centers have higher levels of uncompensated care than many other hospitals.

HAP is committed to advocating for adequate funding to support the specialized care trauma centers provide, and to ensure there is an adequate supply of physicians, nurses, and other health care personnel to support these intensive health care services.

Reducing Readmissions

Readmissions may occur as the result of poor communication during the discharge process or during patient transfer to another care setting; lack of patient resources for follow-up care or medication; or challenges caring for a patient with complex needs at home or in other care settings.

HAP and the Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network have teamed up with health care providers to reduce preventable hospital readmissions. A key area of focus is finding better ways to share information with a patient’s other health care providers to ensure that there is a clear care plan.

Resources

Resources for Integrating Care

Resources for Integrated Care Website
This website provides technical assistance and resource tools to support organizations who serve Medicare and Medicaid patients

Approaches to Workforce Development to Support Care Management—A Guide to Resources, Promising Practices, and Tools
Guidebook to assist organizations with their adoption of workforce development and training strategies to support care coordination

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