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May 11, 2020

Hospital Week in Pennsylvania: Celebrating Pennsylvania’s Hospitals, Health Care Heroes

Pennsylvania’s hospitals are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to treat every person who needs care, regardless of their health or insurance status. We honor these critical resources by observing May 10–15 as National Hospital Week and May as National Nurses Month. These observances offer opportunities to express gratitude for the invaluable and selfless work that hospital and health care workers do to make sure that every Pennsylvanian gets the care they need.

May 08, 2020

Patient Safety Authority Annual Report Highlights Progress in Patient Safety

Pennsylvania’s Patient Safety Authority (PSA) has released its 2019 Annual Report. The report highlights activities of the PSA, including its September 2019-launched quarterly peer-reviewed journal, Patient Safety. It also includes an analysis of patient safety events reported into the Pennsylvania patient safety reporting system (PA-PSRS), a secure database that collects health care facility data on “serious events” and “incidents.”

May 07, 2020

News Release: HAP Statement: Governor’s Medical Liability Executive Order Should Protect Hospitals

Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf signed an Executive Order to provide medical liability protections for health care providers during the COVID-19 crisis. The order protects individual, licensed medical providers—including physicians, nurses, and other health care workers—from lawsuits that arise from providing emergency services related to COVID-19. The order does not extend to Pennsylvania’s hospitals.

May 07, 2020

New Report Shows Financial Impact of COVID-19 on Nation’s Hospitals

A new report from the American Hospital Association (AHA) is providing additional insight into the financial impact of COVID-19 on the nation’s hospitals The report looks at the impacts over a four month period from March 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020. Based on these analyses, the AHA estimates a total four-month financial impact of $202.6 billion in losses for America’s hospitals and health systems, or an average of $50.7 billion per month.

May 06, 2020

Health Care Groups Press for HAP-Supported Prior Authorization Reform

Yesterday, a broad coalition of doctors, hospitals, patient advocates, and others conducted a press conference to ask the state House Insurance Committee to take action on HAP-supported House Bill 1194, sponsored by Representative Stephen Mentzer (R–Lancaster). The bill would provide common sense solutions to help reduce barriers and delays to patient care by reforming the prior authorization practices of many insurers, imposing strict deadlines and curbing excesses.

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.

January 15, 2020

Federal Attention Building to Address Social Determinants of Health

Urgency is building in Washington, DC, to advance policy to improve coordination in addressing social determinants of health, recognizing that factors such as stable housing, reliable transportation, and access to healthy foods have a direct impact on health and wellness.