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PA Hospitals Aim to Reduce Sepsis Mortality by 20%

January 20, 2017

As part of the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), HAP is partnering with acute care hospitals to reduce post-operative sepsis and overall sepsis mortality by 20 percent. 

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PA Hospitals Begin New Collaborative to Improve Medication Safety

January 19, 2017

Through the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), and in partnership with Patient Safety Authority, HAP has begun a new initiative to help hospitals enhance safety practices related to the use of opioid, anticoagulant, and insulin medications.

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U.S. Senate Vets HHS Secretary Nominee

January 18, 2017

Next steps regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were a significant focus of the first confirmation hearing for U.S. Representative Tom Price (R, GA), President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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PA Moves Forward with Medical Marijuana Implementation

January 18, 2017

Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy released applications for grower/processor and dispensary licenses for Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program.  Applications will be accepted until March 20, 2017.

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CBO Forecasts New Impacts to Coverage Under ACA Repeal-only Proposal

January 17, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a new report estimating changes in coverage and premiums that could result from repealing the individual and employer mandates and subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but leaving in place the insurance market reforms.

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CMS’ Final Rule on Medicaid Pass-through Payments

January 17, 2017

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted a final rule regarding changes to pass-through payment transition periods and the maximum amount of pass-through payments permitted annually during the transition periods under Medicaid managed care contracts and rate certifications.  

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HHS: Actionable, Timely Data at Point of Care Crucial for Value-based Health Care

January 17, 2017

In a blog posted today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shared its vision of a future, where clinicians practicing in a multi-payer environment receive actionable, timely data for use in better managing the health of their patients. 

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New NQF Guidance on Patient-centered Advanced Illness Care

January 17, 2017

The National Quality Forum (NQF) released a new issue brief, Strategies for Change—A Collaborative Journey to Transform Advanced Illness Care.

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First Procedural Step to Repeal the Affordable Care Act Passes Congress

January 13, 2017

Both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House cleared the first hurdle in considering legislation to repeal and delay or replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In votes that significantly reflected the partisan make-up of Congress, both Chambers passed a fiscal year 2017 budget resolution that initiates the budget reconciliation process, a procedural tool Congress will employ to expedite ACA policy.

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Pennsylvania Hospitals Begin New Patient Safety and Harm Prevention Project

January 13, 2017

As part of its Hospital Improvement Innovation Network, HAP this week kicked off a new project aimed at supporting hospitals as they work to decrease incidences of venous thromboembolism (VTE) among patients in Pennsylvania hospitals.

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HAP Helps Hospitals Avoid Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injuries

January 13, 2017

During September, 2016, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) was selected as one of only 16 organizations to continue efforts in reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. HAP’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network this week kicked off a new project aimed at supporting hospitals as they work to decrease the rate of hospital-acquired pressure injuries.

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Pennsylvania Rural Health Model Announced

January 12, 2017

Today, Governor Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Karen Murphy, and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation’s Dr. Steve Cha, announced federal approval to launch a new, voluntary payment pilot for rural hospitals in the state of Pennsylvania.

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Work Under Way in Legislature on Key Hospital Issues: Telemedicine and Protecting Health Care Practitioners

January 12, 2017

Pennsylvania’s legislators are kicking off the new legislative session by jumping straight into policy issues important to the hospital community: telemedicine and protecting health care workers.

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HealthCare.gov Enrollments Continue to Outpace Last Year’s Sign-ups

January 12, 2017

New information released this week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services indicates that health insurance enrollments via HealthCare.gov continue, as more than 11.5 million Americans have signed up for coverage as of December 24.

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Physician Burnout Trends Continue to Increase Across the U.S.

January 11, 2017

The newly released “Medscape Lifestyle Report 2017: Race and Ethnicity, Bias and Burnout,” indicates that physician burnout rates continue to trend upward. Since 2013, the rate has increased from 40 percent to 51 percent, which represents a more than 25 percent increase in four years.

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