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HAP Achievement Award Spotlight: St. Luke’s University Hospital—Improving the Safety of Joint Replacements

February 08, 2019

St. Luke’s University Hospital was awarded HAP’s “In Safe Hands" 2018 Achievement Award for its success in reducing post-operative complications for patients undergoing elective total knee and hip replacement.

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State Senate Passes Senate Judiciary Chair Baker’s Resolution Calling for Study on Venue Rule Change

February 05, 2019

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) secured Senate approval for her resolution to study the Supreme Court Civil Procedural Rules Committee’s proposed rule change to venue.

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Jim Redmond, HAP Senior Advocate and Strategist, Loses Battle to Cancer

February 04, 2019

Pennsylvania has lost a leading hospital and health care champion. James M. Redmond, former senior advocate and strategist for HAP, lost his battle with cancer this morning.

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HAP Achievement Award Spotlight: St. Luke’s Hospital – Quakertown Campus

February 01, 2019

St. Lukes Hospital - Quakertown Campus was awarded HAP’s Optimal Operations 2018 Achievement Award for its multidisciplinary approach to improving operating room procedure start times.

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Legislation Introduced to Remove Last Name on Health Care Worker Identification

January 31, 2019

Representative Pam Snyder reintroduced her legislation to remove the last name of a health care worker from the facility identification badge. HAP supports this effort to ensure hospital and health system employees are safer. 

 

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HAP’s Quality Initiative Helped PA Hospitals Decrease Hospital-acquired Conditions, Preventing Harm and Saving Money

January 31, 2019

From 2011 to 2016, the rate of hospital-acquired conditions fell by 11 percent for hospitals enrolled in HAP's Pennsylvania Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network.

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HAP Supports House Republican Leaders’ Efforts to Protect Access to Care, Fight Return of Venue Shopping

January 30, 2019

HAP joins House Republican leaders, physicians, and business and health care executives to address venue reform and access to care.

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HAPevolve partners with Benchworks to Provide Marketing and Technology Solutions for Hospitals

January 29, 2019

Benchworks, Inc., a leading provider of health care marketing and technology solutions, has joined HAPevolve as an industry partner.

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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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U.S. Senate Leaders Highlight Health Care Priorities for 2019

January 11, 2019

Although the partial government shutdown continues to dominate legislative attention, committee leaders are in the process of formally organizing, and setting the agenda and priorities for the 116th Congress.

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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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For 2017, Uncompensated Care in Pennsylvania Goes Down as National Trend Remains Steady

January 09, 2019

The American Hospital Association recently issued a report stating that United States hospitals provided $38.4 billion worth of uncompensated medical care during 2017.

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HAP Congratulates New Committee Chairs, Health Committee Leaders

January 08, 2019

Pennsylvania’s state legislature released committee chair announcements for the 2019–2020 legislative session and there will be a few new faces in the role of chair for the House Health Committee and the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

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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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