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HAP’s Patient and Family Engagement Project Lead Presents during National Webinar

September 13, 2019

Recently, HAP’s patient and family engagement lead, Janette Bisbee, presented the work of the HAP Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) during a national American Institutes for Research (AIR) webinar.

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New Poll Finds Public Wants Congress to Focus on Health Care Issues

September 13, 2019

A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll finds that the public considers health care issues a top priority for Congress.

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5 Emergencies You Need to Prepare For

September 12, 2019

HAPevolve is releasing a four-part emergency preparedness mini-series during National Preparedness Month. The series will help health care providers, from administrators to employees, be more prepared for emergencies.

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HAP’s Achievement Award Spotlight: St. Luke’s University Health Network

September 11, 2019

Reducing waste and streamlining medical procedures is a leading goal in any organization, and St. Luke’s University Health Network is making award-winning progress with their latest initiative.

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Nation Saw Gains in Health Coverage for Racial and Ethnic Groups under Affordable Care Act

September 10, 2019

A recently released Commonwealth Fund data brief demonstrates that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has led to reductions in racial and ethnic disparities in health coverage rates.

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September 17 is World Patient Safety Day

September 09, 2019

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the first-ever World Patient Safety Day will be on September 17. This is a campaign for all stakeholders in health care–providers, patients, and caregivers–to work together to improve patient safety.

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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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New Federal Dollars to Help States Address Opioid Crisis; Focus Aligns with HAP Opioid Learning Action Network Goals

September 05, 2019

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced more than $1.8 billion in funding to states to assist with the opioid crisis. 

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Telehealth in Spotlight at Broadband Hearing

September 04, 2019

The Senate Communications and Technology Committee held the second in a series of hearings on the lack of broadband in rural Pennsylvania. A heath care leader spoke about the importance of telehealth.

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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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Governor Wolf Announces Appointees to Pennsylvania Health Insurance Exchange Authority

August 30, 2019

In July, Pennsylvanians witnessed the signing of House Bill 3, paving the way for a state-based health insurance exchange. Act 42 of 2019 created the Health Insurance Exchange Authority to develop, manage and maintain Pennsylvania’s new Health Insurance Exchange. This week Governor Tom Wolf took a significant step forward by announcing the appointees to the authority.

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Patient Concerns Grow Over Data Protection

August 29, 2019

New data reveals varying levels of distress among patients about their private data. The new survey takes a deep dive into the perception many patients have about various health systems and technology platforms with regard to security.

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Advocacy Group Makes Stop at Capitol to Support the Affordable Care Act

August 28, 2019

Pennsylvania has been identified as a swing state for the 2020 presidential election. As a result, we can expect to see policy debates early and often. One of the recent conversations has been about health care, and specifically, health insurance coverage.

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Healthcare Equity Index Scores Health Care Facilities for Equitable Treatment of LGBTQ Patients, Visitors, and Employees

August 27, 2019

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation recently released its 12th annual Healthcare Equity Index, which scores health care facilities on policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees.

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