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HAP’s Achievement Award Spotlight: Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

August 21, 2019

With a goal of reducing the growing rate of assaults on hospital staff, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center leadership and front line staff tackled the issue on various fronts, including focused education, a campaign of employee awareness, and multiple interprofessional workgroups.

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News Release: PA Hospital Opioid Learning and Action Collaborative Kicks off in Harrisburg

August 20, 2019

Pennsylvania hospital leaders and substance use disorder recovery specialists today met in Harrisburg to formally kick off The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s Opioid Learning Action Network, a collaborative for and by Pennsylvania’s hospital community.

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CMS to Overhaul Hospital Star Ratings in 2021

August 19, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced plans to update, during 2021, the methodology used to determine the Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings published on the Hospital Compare website. CMS will use the current methodology to refresh the ratings during early 2020.

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CMS Reports Show Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace is Declining among Those Who Do Not Receive Subsidies

August 16, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this week released two reports that identify trends in the individual health insurance marketplace (also known as the exchange) for 2018, and provide insight about the market for 2019. 

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New Analysis Suggests Hospitals and Health Systems May See a Jump in Drug Spending

August 15, 2019

A new analysis predicts that hospital and health system pharmaceutical costs are projected to increase during 2020, and that health care providers could face drug shortages. 

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security Issues “Public Charge” Final Rule

August 14, 2019

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security this week issued a final rule that would impact the ability of lawfully present immigrants to change or prolong their legal immigration status if the federal government determines that they may rely too much on public benefits.  

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New Survey Shows Burnout Still a Concern for Physicians

August 13, 2019

A recent survey found that nearly 70 percent of physicians have experienced symptoms of burnout, which is associated wtih negative clinical and organizational outcomes, as well as economic costs.

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News Release: HAPevolve Announces Endorsed Partnership with Qualivis

August 12, 2019

HAPevolve, a subsidiary company of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), has entered into an endorsed partner relationship with Qualivis, a national provider of health care workforce solutions that simplify staffing and help hospitals build a better workplace.

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Report on Medicare Public Option’s Impact on Rural Hospitals Reveals Increased Closure Risks

August 09, 2019

A newly released report analyzes the potential impact of a Medicare “public option” on U.S. rural hospitals and communities. The report sp...

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HAP’s Achievement Award Spotlight: Mercy Philadelphia Hospital

August 08, 2019

Pharmacists play a significant and critical role in providing Pennsylvanians with consistently exceptional care. Mercy Philadelphia Hospital is making...

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HAP’s Achievement Award Spotlight: Grove City Medical Center

August 07, 2019

Prevention care initiatives advance the long-term health care of patients and improve the quality of life in Pennsylvania communities. Grove City Medi...

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Data Breaches in Health Care Continue to Rise

August 06, 2019

A new report shows that 32 million patient records were breached during the first half of 2019 which is double the total of all breaches during 2018. ...

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Federal Initiative Seeks to Coordinate and Leverage Resources to Address Social Determinants of Health

August 05, 2019

Pennsylvania Congressmen Mike Doyle (D, PA-18) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R, PA-01) have sponsored legislation aimed at improving health outcomes for peop...

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Report Looks at High Health Care Spenders; Provides Insight for Provider Initiatives

August 02, 2019

A Kaiser Family Foundation report recently looked at people with persistently high health care spending and determined that a small share of people account for a large share of expenditures during any year. 

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CMS Builds on Success of Medicare Blue Button 2.0, Pilots Program to Give Clinicians Claims Data

August 01, 2019

A new federal pilot program will give clinicians direct access to claims data, a critical step to improving patient care.

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