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Support Builds for Federal Opioid Workforce Act

December 05, 2019

Support continues to build for a federal effort to train more doctors equipped to combat the opioid epidemic and help alleviate the doctor shortage, with the introduction of S. 2892, the Opioid Workforce Act in the U.S. Senate.

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VA Reports that Veterans’ Use of Telemedicine on the Rise

December 03, 2019

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently reported that more than 900,000 Veterans used telemedicine services during fiscal year (FY) 2019, up 17 percent from the previous year. This correlates to 2.6 million episodes of telemedicine care during FY 2019.

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It’s National Influenza Week, Providing Important Reminder about Importance of Flu Shots

December 02, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has named December 1–7 National Influenza Vaccination Week, highlighting the importance of influenza vaccination, even now that the holiday season has begun.

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HAP Provides Input about Improving Health Care Outcomes in Underserved Communities

November 27, 2019

As federal policymakers grapple with the continuous threat of rural hospital closures and increased strain on urban hospitals, the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee’s Rural and Underserved Communities Health Task Force asked for feedback related to factors that influence patient outcomes and input about policy options that can improve care delivery and health outcomes within these communities.

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HAP Hosts Listening Session on Population Health Planning at Meadville Medical Center

November 07, 2019

During a listening session held at Meadville Medical Center, HAP and six hospitals educated regional state legislators about population health and wellness initiatives.

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3 PA Health Systems Selected for CMS’ AI Challenge

November 05, 2019

Geisinger, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and Jefferson Health were among the 25 participants selected to participate in Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) $1.65 million challenge to use artificial intelligence (AI) to predict unplanned admissions and adverse events.

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Reauthorization of HAP-supported PHC4 Legislation Passes PA Senate, Moves to House

October 31, 2019

The Pennsylvania Senate has passed legislation to reauthorize the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4).  Senate Bill 841, sponsored by Sen. Scott Martin (R-Lancaster), also modernizes the council by updating its powers and duties, and now moves to the House for consideration.

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HAP-supported Telemedicine Bill Secures Senate Approval, Heads to House

October 30, 2019

The State Senate today passed HAP-supported telemedicine legislation, Senate Bill 857, sponsored by Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), and sent the bill to the House for consideration. As passed by the Senate, the bill will ensure broader access to health care services for all Pennsylvanians, especially those in medically underserved areas of the state.

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Pennsylvania Awarded Grant to Support Access to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

October 18, 2019

This week, Pennsylvania was awarded a $1.3 million grant to help expand state-based suicide prevention call centers.

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International Infection Prevention Week: October 13-19, 2019

October 17, 2019

The theme for Infection Prevention Week is “Vaccines are Everybody’s Business”. In light of the outbreaks of measles, mumps, and other vaccine-preventable diseases, vaccinations for people of all ages are essential to prevent potentially serious complications.

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It’s Mental Illness Awareness Week––State Agency Highlights that Hospital Stays for Treatment Exceeded One Million Days during 2018

October 09, 2019

Since 1990, the first full week of October has been dedicated as Mental Illness Awareness Week. A new research brief highlights the number of hospital stays for behavioral health treatment, as HAP advocates for expanded access to care.

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Food Security Summit Spotlights Pennsylvania’s Progress to Fight Hunger

October 08, 2019

The Wolf Administration held its annual food security summit to provide an update about Pennsylvania’s progress to fight hunger. HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals also have been working to improve health through food security and healthy eating initiatives.

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New National Program Focused on Developing More Durable, Longer-Lasting Flu Vaccines

October 07, 2019

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases  recently initiated the Collaborative Influenza Vaccine Innovation Centers  program, a network of research centers that will develop more durable, broadly protective, and longer-lasting influenza vaccines.

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During October, Celebrate Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month

September 27, 2019

October is Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month, a time to reflect on the important role that patients and families play in the delivery of health care. 

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Gov. Calls for End of Stigmatizing Opioid Use Disorder; PA Hospitals Focus on Increased Treatment, Reduced Deaths, and Compassionate Conversations

September 26, 2019

Earlier this week, Governor Tom Wolf joined the Independence Blue Cross Foundation to call for an end to the stigmas associated with opioid use disorder.

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