Pennsylvania NEWS

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is partnering with the Million Hearts® initiative to raise awareness of heart disease and its link to air pollution and other environmental factors. 

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently recognized ten states for outstanding quality performance of their critical access hospitals (CAHs) in achieving the highest reporting rates and levels of improvement over the past year.

Quitting tobacco is a process that takes courage, time and energy. It can sometimes take several attempts to learn the best way to stay quit for good. PA Free Quitline can help those throughout the Commonwealth deal with the emotional, behavioral and physical parts of the process that make quitting so hard. 

The University of Pittsburgh’s OverdoseFreePA website recently relaunched to provide information and resources to help counties across the Commonwealth reduce drug overdose deaths. 

According to a recent John Hopkins University study, Americans 65 years of age or older make up 13 percent of the total United States population, yet they take approximately 33 percent of all prescription drugs.

 

Hospitals and libraries across Pennsylvania are using the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) Questions Are the Answer patient engagement tools and resources as a part of a consumer health literacy education program called Engage for Health.


Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine recently revealed the winners of the fifth annual statewide “Get Smart about Antibiotics” Kids’ Art Competition and the Get Smart Volunteer Awards.

March 28 is American Diabetes Alert Day and Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network’s Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program is working with patients, healthcare providers and community organizations in Pennsylvania to raise awareness, share information about how to lower risk factors for getting diabetes, and help those who have diabetes learn to best manage their condition for a healthier life.

On March 1, Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine participated in a meeting overseen by the Mayor’s Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic in Philadelphia to share recommendations on how health systems and broader communities can collaborate to reduce overdose deaths and harm.

Nationally, February is recognized as National Heart Month. In Pennsylvania, heart disease is the leading cause of death. 

The PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Program has established a hotline for individuals and/or their loved ones who are seeking drug and alcohol treatment services. 

‚ÄčThe prescription opioid and heroin overdose epidemic is the worst public health crisis in Pennsylvania.  It affects Pennsylvanians across the state, from big cities to rural communities.

Pennsylvania Department of Health offers tips for staying healthy over the holidays.

Recent Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council Report Shows Hospital Performance on 17 Medical Conditions and Surgical Procedures

On Monday, November 14, the Pennsylvania Culture Change Coalition will host its 12th Annual Accord. This year's theme is "Not about me without me."  

Kendal Outreach, LLC and the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority will host a webinar, titled How to Reduce Urinary Tract Infections Through Evidence-based Practices, on Tuesday, October 11 from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. There is no fee to attend this webinar. 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released new data showing that Pennsylvania, among other states, has reduced its avoidable hospital readmission rates since 2010. The improvement follows the implementation of various CMS programs and initiatives to improve the quality of care, chief among them the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program.

Medical professionals registered for Pennsylvania’s new Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) will be able to access valuable data that will help inform clinical decisions and combat the opioid and heroin epidemic.

Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, office staff, public health professionals and students are invited to attend the 11th Annual Immunization Conference on November 3, 2016 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

The Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PA PDMP) system is a powerful new tool to help combat the opioid epidemic. With the PA PDMP system, medication prescribers will be able to easily look up their patients' controlled substance prescription history before prescribing or dispensing medication. That means no more guesswork - healthcare providers will have the information needed to better identify patients struggling with substance use disorder and can help them get the treatment they need.


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