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PA Health System Honored with Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Health Improvement

February 12, 2019

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health has been named the 2018 Foster G. McGaw Prize Winner, recognizing the system’s work to address Lancaster County’s social determinants of health and wellness needs.

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CDC Data Brief Studies Office-based Physician Visits; Highlights Chronic Conditions as Key Factor for Visits

January 28, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics recently issued a data brief identifying trends related to patient visits to physician offices.

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PA Hospitals Encouraged to Submit Innovative Programs to 2019 HAP Achievement Awards

January 23, 2019

It’s no secret that Pennsylvania’s health care landscape is changing at an increasingly rapid pace and its hospitals and health systems are rising to that challenge through innovative programs to improve the quality of care, patient experience, and technology to meet the needs of the communities they serve. HAP members are encouraged to review the 2019 Achievement Awards Call for Entries and submit their innovative patient-centered initiatives that improve health care quality and efficiency and the health of their communities by March 1.

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American Hospital Association Names Human Trafficking a Key Focus for 2019 Anti-violence Initiative

January 18, 2019

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals Against Violence Initiative has named human trafficking as a main focus area for 2019

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PA Hospitals Congratulate Wolf and Fetterman on Inauguration

January 15, 2019

Earlier today, Governor Tom Wolf was sworn in to a second term and John Fetterman was sworn in as Pennsylvania’s new Lieutenant Governor. Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement following the swearing-in ceremony.

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Recent Survey Finds 68% of Patients Report Challenges with Social Determinants of Health

January 10, 2019

A survey of 500 U.S. healthcare consumers by the revenue cycle technology provider Waystar, found patients often report challenges with social determinants of health.

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Wolf Administration Officials Provide Updates on Efforts to Address the Opioid Crisis

January 07, 2019

Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary of Health, and representatives from state agencies outlined key accomplishments of Governor Wolf’s first term and outlined their priorities for his second term. These accomplishments include increasing the availability of naloxone through a standing order for the drug, increasing access to medication-assisted treatment through Medicaid expansion, implementing a warm hand-off protocol, just to name a few.

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Federal Task Force Draft Report on Pain Management Available for Public Comment

January 04, 2019

A federal task force charged with identifying, reviewing, and updating best practices surrounding pain management has released its long-awaited Draft Report on Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations.

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Pennsylvania’s Mid-Year Revenue Collections Exceed Estimates

January 03, 2019

As reported, Pennsylvania’s revenue collections exceeded estimates by more than $400 million for the halfway point of the 2018–2019 fiscal year, thanks to corporate revenue tax and a significant uptick in the sales and use tax. While there is still another six months left in the fiscal year, Governor Wolf’s budget secretary also expressed optimism in the health of Pennsylvania’s fiscal situation when presenting the commonwealth’s mid-year budget briefing.

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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: Washington Health System

December 31, 2018

Each year HAP recognizes hospitals from around the state that develop innovative programs to improve the quality of care, patient experience, and technology to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Washington Health System was awarded HAP’s “Excellence in Care” 2018 Achievement Award for its Ambulatory Heart Failure: Pathway to a Better Life initiative, which focused on congestive heart failure care and improving the quality of life for heart failure patients.

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Federal Court Ruling Blocks Detrimental Payment Cut Impacting 340B Hospitals

December 28, 2018

The D.C. District Court blocked a nearly 30 percent payment cut impacting many hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program—a program that helps hospitals and patients manage the ever-increasing burden of prescription drug costs.

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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: UPMC Passavant

December 26, 2018

HAP is spotlighting UPMC Passavant’s work to make colon cancer screening easy and accessible. UPMC Passavant received HAP’s 2018 Community Champions Achievement Award for its program to improve the screening rate for people who have avoided a colonoscopy.

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Holidays can be Difficult for Those Impacted by Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders; Help is Available

December 24, 2018

Help is available for individuals affected by mental health and substance use disorders throughout the holiday season. 

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Governor’s Ready to Start Task Force Releases Key Themes and Initial Findings

December 19, 2018

In September, Governor Tom Wolf established the Ready to Start Task Force to develop strategies for addressing health, human services, and education policy for infants and toddlers age zero to three in Pennsylvania. Now the task force has released a report identifying key themes for their work and initial findings.

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Open Enrollment Continues to Lag with One Day Left; Pennsylvanians Encouraged to Get Covered, Stay Covered

December 14, 2018

With just one day remaining during the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplace, Pennsylvanians who get their insurance through the marketplace, or who are uninsured, should take advantage of this opportunity to get covered and stay covered.

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