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December 14, 2020

First Round of COVID-19 Vaccine Heads to PA Hospitals

On Friday, December 11, the Food and Drug Administration granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the first COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine’s  EUA marks a milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic, and the first results from Operation Warp Speed. Other vaccines—including Moderna’s—are completing clinical trials and anticipate similar approval during the coming weeks.

December 11, 2020

HAP Urges Public to Get a Flu Shot as Flu Season Nears

During National Influenza Immunization Week, HAP joins health care organizations around the nation urging everyone six months and older to get vaccinated against the flu. Getting a flu shot can help relieve the burden on Pennsylvania’s hospitals as they continue to treat patients with COVID-19.

December 11, 2020

Pennsylvania Open Enrollment: Sign Up For Health Insurance at Pennie

As Pennsylvanians this year continue to maneuver through a holiday season filled—not with crowded stores and festive gatherings, but curbside pick-up and Zoom parties—remember that it’s also time to select your health insurance for next year through Pennie, Pennsylvania’s new state-based insurance exchange.

December 10, 2020

New Temporary COVID-19 Restrictions Announced for Pennsylvania

During a press conference this afternoon, Governor Tom Wolf highlighted the continuing surge in COVID-19 cases across the state, adding that new temporary restrictions are necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19 and avoid overwhelming the state’s hospitals and health care delivery system. Governor Wolf also stressed that the new restrictions are being put into place to help keep Pennsylvanians as safe as possible during the upcoming holidays.

December 10, 2020

New Federal Report Shows Progress in Reducing Health Care-Associated Infections

Preventing health care-associated infections (HAI) is a top priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its partners. This increased focus and commitment to protecting patients has served as the foundation for improved HAI rates nationally. CDC’s newly published 2019 National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Progress Report shows that the U.S. has made significant reductions in several types of HAIs and highlights areas where more improvements are needed.

December 09, 2020

CMS Seeks Applicants for Innovative Regional Care Model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is launching an innovative pilot program that will evaluate whether hospitals, health insurers, and other health care organizations can improve care and lower costs for Medicare beneficiaries across an entire geographic region.

December 08, 2020

HAP Supports New Federal Bill to Improve Maternal Health

Last week, U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R–PA) and Sherrod Brown (D–OH) introduced legislation designed to improve health outcomes for millions of new and expectant mothers covered under the federal Medicaid program.

December 07, 2020

Pennsylvania’s Urgent Need to Slow COVID-19 Cases

Earlier today, during a news conference, Governor Tom Wolf stressed the urgency the entire state is facing to slow down the increasing number of COVID-19 cases. Nearly daily, new cases in Pennsylvania are breaking previous records and posing a significant threat to the state’s hospital and provider community.

December 04, 2020

PA Hospitals Reduce Readmission, Mortality Rates during 2019

Pennsylvania’s hospitals improved readmission and mortality rates in several important treatment areas during 2019, leading to thousands of lives saved and fewer readmissions, according to an annual performance report released this week from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council.

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