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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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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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New Survey Shows Burnout Still a Concern for Physicians

August 13, 2019

A recent survey found that nearly 70 percent of physicians have experienced symptoms of burnout, which is associated wtih negative clinical and organizational outcomes, as well as economic costs.

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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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CMS Builds on Success of Medicare Blue Button 2.0, Pilots Program to Give Clinicians Claims Data

August 01, 2019

A new federal pilot program will give clinicians direct access to claims data, a critical step to improving patient care.

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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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HAP’s Achievement Award Spotlight: WellSpan Health

July 26, 2019

WellSpan Health was awarded the 2019 HAP Achievement Award, Living the Vision, for its project, “Linking Community Partnerships, Innovations, and Hospital Operations to Solve Community Challenges and Achieve Better Outcomes for Fellow Community Members.”

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CDC Estimates Show Decline in Number of Drug Overdose Deaths in Pennsylvania

July 25, 2019

According to provisional data posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of reported drug overdose deaths in Pennsylvania has declined by 18.8 percent over the last year (from 5,434 during December 2017 to 4,410 during December 2018).

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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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HAP’s Achievement Award Spotlight: UPMC Pinnacle

July 17, 2019

Heart failure is a common condition in the United States, and one that is associated with high mortality and costs. UPMC Pinnacle for improving the care coordination and outcomes for heart failure patients through an award-winning project. 

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President Trump Signs Kidney Health Executive Order, Announces New Kidney Treatment Payment Bundle

July 15, 2019

Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to launch the “Advancing American Kidney Health” initiative. The three-pronged executive order is aimed at revamping the way America treats kidney disease.

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News Release: Bloomberg Philanthropies Selects Pennsylvania Hospitals for Cutting-edge Opioid Learning and Action Collaborative

July 09, 2019

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) is honored to announce the formation of HAP’s Opioid Learning Action Network (LAN). The LAN is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, which announced last year that it would award $50 million in grants across several states to combat opioid addition. Pennsylvania was selected as the first state to participate in the initiative.

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PA Expands Statewide Health Information Exchange

July 03, 2019

Central Pennsylvania Connect Health Information Exchange, one of the state’s five regional health information organizations (HIOs), is now connected to the PA Patient & Provider Network (P3N). All five of Pennsylvania’s current HIOs are now connected to P3N.

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