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New Report Reinforces Need to Invest in PA’s Doctors and Nurses, HAP Supports Proposals to Address Shortages

April 07, 2016

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently released an updated report that analyzes the capacity of our future health care workforce to meet the increasing demand for health care services.

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CMS Takes Next Step with ED Survey, Providers Voice Concerns about Pain Questions

April 06, 2016

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking for consultants who can help field a national survey about patients' experiences in Emergency Departments (ED). CMS recently released a "sources sought” document, which is usually the first step in assessing the availability of contracted resources to complete such work.

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PA Hospitals Improve Opioid Medication Safety

March 21, 2016

Hospitals and other health care providers in Pennsylvania have dramatically improved the safety of the way opioid medications are prescribed and administered.

Based on data reported to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System, the Patient Safety Authority analyzed medication errors that included any opioid as the drug prescribed or administered.

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HHS Reaches Goal to Improve Quality and Affordability of Health Care for Americans Almost a Year Early

March 04, 2016

The President has announced that HHS has reached a major milestone in the effort to improve the quality and affordability of care for all Americans almost a year early.

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HAP Comments about Insurance Department’s Draft Surprise Balance Billing Legislation

March 01, 2016

HAP has submitted a comment letter to the Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID) on the PID’s recent draft legislation to address surprise balance billing. HAP prepared the comment letter after careful consultation with its members.

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State House Passes Important Bill to Protect Hospital and Health Care Providers

February 12, 2016

The State House unanimously passed House Bill 1219 (Ward, R-Hollidaysburg), which would raise the penalty for an assault on a health care practitioner in a health care facility. The penalty would increase the offense from a second-degree misdemeanor to a felony.

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National Donor Day Celebrates the Power of Donation; Hospitals Play Key Role in Awareness

February 12, 2016

Sunday, February 14, is National Donor Day. The recognition day provides an opportunity to remind individuals of the life-saving and life-changing power of organ donation. Advocates also educate Pennsylvanians about the need for increased donor registrations. 

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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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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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New Alternative Payment Model Framework Advances Value-Based Payment Goals

January 19, 2016

A new white paper has laid out the terms and concepts that will serve as a foundation to increase the adoption of value-based health care payments and alternative payment models.

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Telemedicine Grant Assistance Available to Help Connect Rural Areas

January 15, 2016

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced grants of up to $500,000 for equipment and technical assistance to provide telemedicine services in rural areas for fiscal year (FY) 2016.

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Kaiser Family Foundation Releases Updated National and State Data on Hospitals and Health Care Practitioners

January 14, 2016

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation recently released updated national and state data that includes facts about hospitals and nursing homes, including utilization by race and ethnicity; health care practitioners, including physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists; health centers and health shortage areas; and health care employment.

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    Health Care Providers Join New Accountable Care Organizations to Drive Patient-Centric Care

    January 12, 2016

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced 121 new Accountable Care Organization (ACO) participants. This announcement signals that this patient-centric model of care, which stresses the delivery of high-quality care, while maintaining or lowering costs, is proving to be successful.

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    HAP and the PA Medical Society Seek Clarification About Child Protective Services Law

    December 23, 2015

    HAP and the Pennsylvania Medical Society have sent a joint letter to the state Department of Human Services requesting that the department provide a formal interpretation of the Child Protective Services Law. 

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    CMS Releases Plan to Support the Transition to Value-Based Payment for Physicians

    December 21, 2015

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is beginning the process of creating new physician payment systems, and seeking input from health care stakeholders on the quality measures that will be used to determine physician payments.

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