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National Hospital Week Provides Opportunity to Celebrate Pennsylvania Hospitals

May 07, 2018

This week, May 6–12, 2018, is National Hospital Week. First declared during 1921, National Hospital Week for almost a century has been a week to celebrate and thank the committed men and women that touch the lives of the patients and communities they serve. The week also provides an opportunity to reflect on the diverse roles that hospitals play as community anchors, job creators, and economic drivers.

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U.S. Continues to Improve Preparedness for Health Emergencies

April 20, 2018

The country’s ability to respond to and recover from any large-scale health emergency is becoming more important as security threats increase in the United States and globally. During 2017, the United States spent more than $300 billion responding to disasters and emergency events.

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Congress Passes Government Funding Bill; Provides New Resources for Public Health

March 23, 2018

Both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate passed a $1.3 trillion omnibus appropriations bill that funds the government through fiscal year 2018 and makes investments in key public health initiatives, including efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, respond to behavioral health challenges, advance the discovery of new medical innovations, and promote public health preparedness.

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New Report Shows U.S. Health Care Infrastructure Underprepared for Emergencies and Disaster Events

March 21, 2018

A recent report by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security found that the United States’ current health care infrastructure is insufficient to handle a mass disaster. The report outlines four key types of disasters for which health care systems stand to become better prepared.

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Cybersecurity Continues as a Major Threat to Health Care Organizations; Preparation is Key

March 15, 2018

Two surveys released this week highlight the increasing importance of preventing, minimizing, and communicating—both internally and externally—about cybersecurity incidents, as the number of cyberattacks involving health care organizations continues to increase.

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Congressional Committee Considers Preparedness and Response to Seasonal Influenza

March 08, 2018

The U.S. House Energy & Commerce Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee heard testimony from leading government officials about public health preparedness for the seasonal influenza and ways to improve the response.

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Federal Lawmakers Urge Action on Intravenous Saline Shortages

February 07, 2018

Federal lawmakers sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expressing concern about nationwide drug shortages, and calling for actions to address current IV saline shortages.

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Second U.S. Senate Hearing on Preparedness and Response Highlights Health Care Providers’ Perspectives

January 23, 2018

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D, PA) served as the Ranking Member overseeing the second in a series of hearings by the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee that will lay the foundation for the reauthorization of the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA).

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CHIP Funded in Deal to Reopen the Government; Outstanding Priorities Remain Unresolved

January 22, 2018

Congress has included a six-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as part of a legislative package that reopens the government after a two-and-a-half day federal government shutdown, and sets February 8 as the next deadline for Congressional action.

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News Release: Federal Government Shuts Down, PA Health Care Community Faces Uncertainty

January 20, 2018

News Release: Congress yesterday failed to pass legislation to keep the federal government funded and address important health care policy priorities. In the wake of a federal government shutdown, the future of many essential health care programs remains unknown. In response, Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released a statement.

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U.S. Senate Hearing on Preparedness and Response; U.S. Senator Casey Spearheads Pandemic and All Hazards Reauthorization

January 18, 2018

During the first of a two-part series of hearings, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee reviewed the nation’s preparedness and response capabilities to address public health threats, and laid the foundation as Congress pursues the second reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA).

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As Flu Season Enters Peak, Pennsylvania Hospitals Continue to Manage IV Fluid Supply

January 16, 2018

As an especially severe flu season reaches its height, Pennsylvania hospitals continue to effectively manage the shortage of IV solution bags. Hurricane Maria disrupted production at more than 40 plants in Puerto Rico, and supplies remain low across the country.  Mark Ross, HAP's southeast regional manager, emergency preparedness, recently spoke to CNN and outlined the Pennsylvania hospital community’s response to the continued shortage. 

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Health System Leaders Identify Cybersecurity, Predictive Analytics, and Virtual Care Payments as Top 2018 IT Issues

December 27, 2017

Survey results about emerging health information technology (IT) trends, reveal that health system leaders across the country are inclined to boost funding for cybersecurity technology during 2018. Those same leaders are carefully weighing the value of investing in artificial intelligence technologies and consumer devices such as wearables.

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HAP Hosts Webinar about IV Fluids and Medication Shortages

November 20, 2017

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) recently hosted a webinar, “Insights for Medical Considerations in Management of the Growing IV and Medication Shortage" in response to the shortages of IV fluids.

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Congress Reviews Hurricane Response, Including Impacts to Drug Supply

October 24, 2017

Key officials overseeing the public health response to recent hurricanes provided an update to Congress about response efforts in the affected areas and the ongoing public health risks, as well as steps federal agencies are taking to safeguard access to critical drugs and medical devices.

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