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Pennsylvania Featured in New Report about States Moving from Federal- to State-based Health Care Marketplaces

October 11, 2019

Pennsylvania is one of six states examined in an Urban Institute report examining an increasing trend among states: a shift from federal- to state-based health care marketplaces.

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HAP and Hospitals Join Forces to Pass Bills that Protect Health Care Workers; You Can Help––Text Healthy Me to 52886

October 10, 2019

Two legislative plans that could be passed by the state legislature this fall would make Pennsylvania health care workers safer.

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Effort to Improve Care Coordination by Modernizing Anti-Fraud Regulations Proposed

October 09, 2019

The Trump Administration today issued two proposed rules that will modernize fraud and abuse laws. 

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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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HAP Teams Up with Insurance Department for Health Literacy Month, Supports Programs That Empower Consumers

October 01, 2019

October is Health Literacy Month. HAP is once again partnering with the Pennsylvania Insurance Department and other health care and community partners to  help consumers make well-informed decisions.

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PA Hospital Employees Share Personal Stories of Workplace Violence, Urge State Lawmakers to Help Improve Workplace Safety

September 30, 2019

At a listening session recently held at UPMC Altoona, staff from five Pennsylvania hospitals shared with lawmakers personal stories illustrating the urgent need for legislation to help improve workplace safety for health care workers. Pennsylvania hospitals are calling for passage of several measures currently under consideration in the state legislature.

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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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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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State Proposals Could Help Reduce Health Care Workplace Violence; Act Now

September 23, 2019

If you are one of Pennsylvania’s some 300,000 health care employees you likely know someone who has been physically or verbally abused by a patient. Unfortunately, whether it’s triggered by stress, pain, anger, fear, or the influence of drugs or alcohol, violence against health care workers is on the rise.

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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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Former Pennsylvania Safety Leader Returns to State for Keynote Presentation

September 06, 2019

HAP’s 2019 Patient Safety, Quality and Sepsis Symposium keynote speaker will be Ana Pujols McKee, MD, executive vice president and chief medical officer of The Joint Commission, and former board chair for the Pennsylvania Safety Authority. 

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Updated Report Confirms Hospital Mergers Reduce Cost, Improve Quality of Care

September 04, 2019

An updated report, Hospital Merger Benefits: Views from Hospital Leaders and Economic Analysis, confirms that hospital mergers result in reduced costs and improved care, both of which substantially benefit patients.

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HAP’s Achievement Award Spotlight: Doylestown Health

September 03, 2019

Every hospital aims to increase a patient’s quality of care and reduce readmissions. Doylestown Health is making award-winning progress with its Cardiothoracic Transitional Care Nurse program.  

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