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Second New York Times Patient Safety Piece Points to PA Hospital Engagement Network Efforts

February 05, 2016

The second opinion piece in a two-part New York Times series about patient safety identifies the work of HAP’s Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network (PA-HEN). The article references PA-HEN efforts to help hospitals prevent pressure ulcers.

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Open Enrollment Ends; Nearly 440,000 Pennsylvanians Covered in Marketplace

February 05, 2016

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released overall enrollment information for the federal health insurance marketplace.

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New York Times Points to Hospital Engagement Networks as Leaders in Patient Safety

February 04, 2016

The New York Times recently featured an opinion piece that takes a deep dive on the topic of patient safety and covers the work of Hospital Engagement Networks (HEN).

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Federal Proposal to Expand Telehealth Would Reduce Costs and Improve Quality of Care

February 04, 2016

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers have introduced legislation, which would break down federal policy barriers that inhibit the use of telehealth to promote greater access and improve health care delivery.

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U.S. House Members Introduce Behavioral Health System Reform Bill

February 03, 2016

On February 2, five members of the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee introduced the Comprehensive Behavioral Health Reform and Recovery Act of 2016. The legislation is intended to reform the mental and behavioral health systems to support Americans and families touched by mental and behavioral health issues.

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Hospital Community Presses for Relief from Unlawful Two-Midnight Payment Reduction

February 02, 2016

Hospital stakeholders, including HAP, have again made the case to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that the 0.2 percent hospital payment reduction imposed in conjunction with the two-midnight policy is unlawful and should be reversed in full.

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Proposed Rule Would Advance Sharing or Selling Analyses of Claims Data to Improve Health Care

February 01, 2016

CMS has announced a proposed rule that would allow organizations approved as qualified entities to confidentially share or sell analyses of Medicare and private claims data to health care providers, employers, and others to support improved care.

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Influenza Immunization of Health Care Workers—Earn Your Stripes Campaign

January 29, 2016

Vaccinating health care personnel against influenza is a key component in assuring patient safety. The Pennsylvania Immunization Coalition is now issuing  certificates of recognition for organizations under the “Earn Your Stripes” campaign.

 

 

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Pennsylvania Hospital Employment Down 500 Jobs in December

January 28, 2016

Pennsylvania hospital employment decreased by 500 jobs from November to December, for total direct employment of 271,300. This is 400 more hospital jobs than one year ago, December 2014, when the total number was 270,900.

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Integration of Care, Technology, and Patient-Centered Care are Key to Tackling Chronic Conditions

January 27, 2016

The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania recently reinforced the importance of identifying avenues to improve care for individuals with chronic conditions. The association issued a response to policy options suggested by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chronic Care Working Group.

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CMS Releases Guide to Preventing Readmissions for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Populations; HAP Urges Hospitals to Sign Equity of Care Pledge

January 26, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a guide to “Preventing Readmissions among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Medicare Beneficiaries.”

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EHR Incentive Program Hardship Exception Process Announced

January 22, 2016

Clinicians, hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAH) will benefit from a streamlined application process to receive a hardship exception from the Medicare Electronic Health Records Incentive Program 2017 payment adjustment as a result of a new federal law.

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Special Enrollment Periods for Insurance Marketplaces Discontinued

January 22, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will discontinue seven special enrollment periods for insurance marketplaces, as of January 1, 2016.

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Workers’ Compensation Incidence Rate High in Health Care Industry

January 22, 2016

A new study, Insights Report, reveals that the average workers’ compensation incidence rate was highest in the health care industry. 

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Physician Burnout Increasing, Specialists Point to Bureaucratic Tasks, Long Hours, and Computerization

January 21, 2016

A 2016 report issued by Medscape, “Medscape Lifestyle Report 2016: Bias and Burnout,” reveals that burnout rates for all physician specialties are higher than last year, as is the reported severity of their burnout.

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