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Rural Health Redesign Bill Moves to Governor’s Desk on National Rural Health Day; Challenges Remain

November 21, 2019

On National Rural Health Day, a number of efforts are being put forth to improve care in rural areas, including the Rural Health Redesign Bill, which would establish the Pennsylvania Rural Health Redesign Center and the Pennsylvania Rural Health Center Fund. The bill recently passed the State Senate and the House and is now on its way to Governor Wolf’s desk.

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PA Senate Unanimously Passes Badge Bill; HAP Calls for Continued Member Efforts

November 20, 2019

A HAP-supported bill to protect health care workers in Pennsylvania hospitals was unanimously approved by the Pennsylvania Senate. Sponsored by Senator Kristen Phillips-Hill (R–York), Senate Bill 842–allows health care workers to remove their last names from their facility identification badges. In the past, individuals have used this information to harass and assault health care practitioners both inside and outside the workplace.

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Antibiotic Awareness Week and Antimicrobial Resistance Report

November 19, 2019

Antibiotics are medications that destroy or slow down the growth of bacteria. They are used to treat many common and serious infections, and they save lives. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 30 percent of the antibiotics in U.S. outpatient settings are prescribed unnecessarily.

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Urban Health Care Challenges Spotlighted in Hospital Roundtable with Federal Officials

November 18, 2019

In the wake of the recent closure of Hahnemann University Hospital, Congressman Dwight Evans (D, PA-03)—a member of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee—convened hospitals and health care stakeholders to engage in a conversation with policymakers, including Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D, MA-01), about safeguarding care in urban communities.

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PA Hospitals Concerned about Consumer Confusion if New Price Transparency Rules Adopted, Remain Committed to Helping Consumers

November 15, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued two rules that require hospitals and insurers to make pricing information available to the public.

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Pennsylvania Performing Well according to Updated Medicaid and CHIP Scorecard

November 14, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued the first annual update to its Medicaid and CHIP scorecard with the addition of new data points, measures, and improved functions to access data. Pennsylvania is performing well.

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New Survey Looks at Public’s Views about Health Reform

November 13, 2019

A recent survey explored the public’s opinion about health reform. 

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Pennsylvania Awarded Grant to Support Access to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

October 18, 2019

This week, Pennsylvania was awarded a $1.3 million grant to help expand state-based suicide prevention call centers.

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International Infection Prevention Week: October 13-19, 2019

October 17, 2019

The theme for Infection Prevention Week is “Vaccines are Everybody’s Business”. In light of the outbreaks of measles, mumps, and other vaccine-preventable diseases, vaccinations for people of all ages are essential to prevent potentially serious complications.

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Flu Season and The Rising Need of Vaccinations

October 16, 2019

This week Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine, MD, urged Pennsylvanians to take proper precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones with a flu vaccine.

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CDC Releases New Progress Report about National Health-Associated Infection Prevention Efforts

October 15, 2019

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published its 2017 National and State Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Progress Report. The report provides state- and national-level data about certain healthcare-associated infections that occurred during 2017 in four health care settings.

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New “Public Charge” Immigration Policy Rule Blocked from Taking Effect

October 14, 2019

In a flurry of legal action on Friday, three federal courts acted to block a new immigration policy that was set to take effect on October 15.

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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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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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