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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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It’s Mental Illness Awareness Week––State Agency Highlights that Hospital Stays for Treatment Exceeded One Million Days during 2018

October 09, 2019

Since 1990, the first full week of October has been dedicated as Mental Illness Awareness Week. A new research brief highlights the number of hospital stays for behavioral health treatment, as HAP advocates for expanded access to care.

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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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Executive Order Calls for Medicare Policy Reforms

October 04, 2019

Yesterday, President Trump issued an executive order calling for Medicare policy reforms intended to encourage innovation, increase seniors’ options for obtaining affordable health care coverage, lower regulatory burdens for providers, and enhance the program’s fiscal sustainability by linking payment to value.

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HAP’s Achievement Award Spotlight: Main Line Health

October 03, 2019

Main Line Health was awarded the 2019 HAP Achievement Award for Optimal Operations for its initiative to use precious blood products wisely, avoid clinically unnecessary transfusions, and improve patient safety. 

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Recovery, the Toughest Part of an Emergency

October 02, 2019

Recovering from a large-scale emergency is the most difficult and longest-lasting phase of an incident. HAPevolve’s four-part series about emergency preparedness concludes with a look at recovery. 

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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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News Release: Legislative Leaders Hear from Hospital Staff about Ways to Prevent Workplace Violence

September 30, 2019

News Release:  Last week, state lawmakers learned firsthand the urgency of passing legislation to protect health care workers in Pennsylvania’s hospitals.

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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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Gov. Calls for End of Stigmatizing Opioid Use Disorder; PA Hospitals Focus on Increased Treatment, Reduced Deaths, and Compassionate Conversations

September 26, 2019

Earlier this week, Governor Tom Wolf joined the Independence Blue Cross Foundation to call for an end to the stigmas associated with opioid use disorder.

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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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