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February 17, 2020

HAP Testimony Outlines Goals, Progress of Opioid Learning Action Network

During a recent hearing of the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Policy Committee, HAP provided testimony about HAP’s Opioid Learning Action Network, a two-year learning collaborative designed to help hospitals break down siloes, share information, and build understanding to end the opioid crisis in the commonwealth.

February 14, 2020

February 14 is National Donor Day; PA Hospitals Encourage Organ Donation

February 14 has been designated as National Donor Day—a day to increase awareness about organ donation and the lives that can be saved. Ninety-five percent of U.S. adults support organ donation, but only 58 percent are registered organ donors. Pennsylvania hospitals are working to change that through participation National Donor Day and the 2020 Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge.

February 13, 2020

First Evidence-Based Guidelines for Pediatric Patients with Sepsis Issued

The international Surviving Sepsis Campaign has issued the first evidence-based guidelines targeted for pediatric sepsis. Sepsis affects more than 75,000 children per year in the United States and results in significant morbidity and mortality. Recognizing which children require sepsis treatment remains a key challenge.

February 12, 2020

PA’s Childhood Obesity Rates Higher than U.S. Average; Lower for WIC Toddlers

A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s project “State of Childhood Obesity: Helping All Children Grow up Healthy,” which enables users to explore data and policy recommendations related to childhood obesity prevention and treatment across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, has released its first annual report.

February 12, 2020

Stakeholders Outline Concerns with Medicaid Proposal

What if a hospital were suddenly told its Medicaid reimbursements would be cut next year by 25 percent? A recently proposed federal regulation may just do that. This same rule could result in cuts to benefits for 2.8 million Pennsylvanians who rely on Medicaid, including children, the elderly and individuals with disabilities.

February 11, 2020

Trump Budget Calls for Medicare and Medicaid Cuts; Prioritizes Drug Pricing, Opioid Efforts, and Maternal Health Resources

The Trump Administration laid out funding and policy priorities in the federal fiscal year (FY) 2021 budget request, proposing half a trillion dollars in cuts to Medicare and more than $900 billion in reductions to Medicaid over the next decade while dedicating additional resources to key public health initiatives targeting the opioid epidemic and maternal health.

February 07, 2020

HAP Holds Coronavirus Preparedness Webinar

While there are no confirmed cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Pennsylvania at this time, attention around the spread of the virus continues to build.