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New PHC4 Financial Analysis 2017 Report on Ambulatory Surgery Centers

October 15, 2018

Late last week, the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) released its Financial Analysis 2017 about the financial health of the state’s ambulatory surgery centers (ASC). ASCs are health care facilities focused on providing same-day surgical care.

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International Infection Prevention Week | Protecting Patients Everywhere

October 15, 2018

This week HAP, Pennsylvania hospitals, and the health care community worldwide are observing International Infection Prevention Week, October 14–20, 2018. This year’s theme is "Protecting Patients Everywhere." Infection prevention practices should not only occur in acute care hospitals but also in outpatient areas such as doctor’s offices, clinics, surgical centers, and behavioral health and rehabilitation hospitals.

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Large Mass Casualty Exercise Tests Southeast’s Preparedness

October 12, 2018

More than 100 patients flooded the halls of Philadelphia area hospitals on Thursday after an explosive device detonated at a large Philadelphia area sports stadium. While the explosion was a simulation, the test that more than 35 agencies—including 18 hospitals and providers—faced was real.

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Pennsylvania General Assembly Passes Organ Donation Legislation

October 11, 2018

State house lawmakers gave unanimous approval this week to Senate Bill 180, which updates Pennsylvania’s 1996 organ donation law to reflect medical advances and adjust organ recovery protocols.

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Federal Legislation to Improve Prescription Drug Transparency Signed into Law

October 11, 2018

Yesterday, federal legislation that will help American consumers better afford prescription medications was signed by the President. The bipartisan legislation comprised of two bills, the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act and Know the Lowest Price Act of 2018, prohibits “gag clauses” that prevent pharmacists from telling consumers if they could save money by buying prescription drugs out-of-pocket rather than using their health insurance.

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New Health Care Codes for Human Trafficking will Help Plan Treatment and Build Services

October 09, 2018

Recently, several new ICD-10 codes took effect that allow health providers to report suspected or known cases of different kinds of trafficking including labor trafficking and sex trafficking. Health care providers are often among the first or single points of connection for these individuals. 

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October is Health Literacy Month; Engage for Health for Better Outcomes and a More Positive Experience

October 08, 2018

October is Health Literacy Month and an excellent opportunity to focus on the importance of patient and family literacy toward achieving better patient outcomes and providing a more positive patient experience.

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80,000 Died During Last Year’s Flu Season, Early Vaccination Encouraged

October 01, 2018

Last week, Jerome Adams, MD, the U.S. Surgeon General, announced that an estimated 80,000 people—including 180 children—died during the 2017–2018 flu season.

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During October, Celebrate Patient-Centered Health Care

September 26, 2018

October is Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month, providing an opportunity for Pennsylvania hospitals, patients, and families to celebrate the strides made in creating a health care culture that honors patient choice and encourages patient and family engagement. 

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Opioid Efforts Advance in Washington: U.S. Senate Passes Comprehensive Policy Package and Opioid Investments

September 18, 2018

The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan policy package aimed at stemming the opioid epidemic, and separately, a funding bill that includes nearly $4 billion in related resources. Policies included in the package are intended to improve access to treatment, bolster the behavioral and mental health workforce, and take tangible actions to prevent opioid misuse.

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Pennsylvania Hospitals Preparing for Peak Hurricane Season

September 13, 2018

With hurricane season entering its peak, and Hurricane Florence projected to make landfall tomorrow, Pennsylvania’s health care community is closely monitoring the next round of hurricanes that could impact the commonwealth.

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Legislation Championed by Senator Casey to Support Training of Pediatricians Poised to Become Law

September 06, 2018

The U.S. Senate approved legislation, spearheaded by U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D, PA), that will support and reinforce the training of pediatricians and pediatric specialists.

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Hospitals Refile Lawsuit to Reverse 340B Cuts

September 05, 2018

Several national provider organizations and three hospital plaintiffs refiled their lawsuit to reverse Medicare payment cuts for many hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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New Report Highlights Providers’ Perspectives about Health Care Disruption

September 05, 2018

Reaction Data recently secured feedback from nearly a hundred health care and hospital leaders about health care disrupters, emerging technologies, and partnership activity. Their Healthcare Disruption report reveals insights about the ever-changing health care landscape.

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State Cancels Process to Find Community HealthChoices Vendor; Will Revise Needs and Issue New RFP

September 04, 2018

Two state departments are cancelling their Request for Procurement seeking a vendor to facilitate eligibility and enrollment for the Community HealthChoices Program and other long-term services and supports  programs. 

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