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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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Hospitals Recognized for Creating Culture of Health through Healthy Food

September 25, 2019

Earlier this week, officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Health joined with leaders from the City of Philadelphia to recognize the eight health systems participating in the Good Food, Healthy Hospitals program that works to create a culture of health by offering nutritious foods and beverages and promoting locally sourced and sustainably produced products.

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Innovative Rural Health Model, Legislation Advances

September 24, 2019

Yesterday, legislation aimed at improving the financial stability of rural hospitals cleared another legislative hurdle and was voted out of the House Health Committee. Senate Bill 314, sponsored by Senator Lisa Baker (R–Luzerne), would establish the Pennsylvania Rural Health Redesign Center (RHRC), which would serve as the governing body of the new Rural Health Model, which began January 1, 2019, and was formally announced during March.

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Achievement Award Spotlight: Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Hospitals

September 20, 2019

Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Hospitals awarded the 2019 HAP Achievement Award, Community Champions, for their project, “Opiate Reduction Efforts across the Continuum.”

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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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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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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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Extension of “Excellence in Mental Health” Demonstration Program is Good News for PA

July 31, 2019

Congress passed a short-term extension of a critical behavioral health demonstration program to expand access to mental health and addiction care in community-based settings. Eight pilot states, including Pennsylvania, are impacted.

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New Study Looks at National Progress on Expanding Telehealth Coverage and Reimbursement

July 29, 2019

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) recently issued a report stating that more states than ever are taking steps to expand telehealth coverage and reimbursement.

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Proposed Federal Rule Could Cut SNAP Benefits to Millions, Increase Food Insecurity

July 23, 2019

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced an upcoming a proposed rule that would limit its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), saving the department a reported $2.5 billion annually and cutting benefits to some three million people.

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PA Hospital Rural Residency Program Receives Federal Recognition, Grant Funding

July 18, 2019

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Lehigh Valley Health Network participated in an event that announced a grant to fund a new rural residency program in the commonwealth.

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