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October 29, 2020

Hospital Community Closely Monitoring New Health Care Cybersecurity Threat

Hospitals across the country and within Pennsylvania are closely monitoring a new credible cybersecurity threat issued by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. The threat is through ransomware known as “TrickBot” and “Ryuk” and could impact hospitals and health care providers. The American Hospital Association is in close communication with federal agencies and is serving as a source of information and support to the hospital community.

October 28, 2020

Pennsylvanians Urged to Get Vaccinated Against the Flu

Today HAP, in partnership with more than 50 other organizations and entities, released a statement encouraging Pennsylvanians to get their flu shot. As the flu season rapidly approaches, this effort aims to bring awareness to the importance of getting vaccinated. 

October 27, 2020

Health Literacy is Critical to Patients Getting the Care They Need

In the midst of a worldwide health care pandemic, it is more vital than ever that patients get reliable, accurate information. Likewise, health care providers must ensure that patients and their family members understand the medical information they are given.

October 26, 2020

Pennsylvania’s Open Enrollment Begins November 1; New State-based Insurance Exchange Pennie

Open enrollment for 2021 health insurance coverage in Pennsylvania begins November 1, 2020, and will continue through January 15, 2021. For the first time, Pennsylvanians in the individual market will sign up using Pennie, the new state-based insurance exchange. Data is being migrated from HealthCare.gov and enrollees are receiving instructions for claiming their new account on Pennie.

October 23, 2020

New Report: 2020 Family Support Needs Assessment

PollicyLab, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning, released its 2020 Family Support Needs Assessment (FSNA), highlighting the strengths, current needs, and community program capacity of family support programs across the state.

October 23, 2020

National Drug Take Back Day, October 24

Saturday, October 24, is National Drug Take Back Day in the United States. Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, National Drug Take Back Day is a nationwide effort to remind patients about the importance of safely discarding expired or unused medications.

October 22, 2020

COVID-19 Cases Increasing in PA and Across the U.S.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today reported one of the highest numbers of single day positive cases (2,063) for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. It was noted by the department that a faulty data file sent by a laboratory earlier this week may have prevented positive cases from being recorded earlier in the week, which may have added to the high number today. But, with 75 percent of the country seeing increasing cases of COVID-19, Pennsylvanians are urged to continue with their mitigation efforts.

October 22, 2020

October is Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month

October is Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month. This means that hospitals and communities across the country raise awareness to a commitment to focus on compassionate, patient-focused care across the continuum of health care.