Pennsylvania NEWS

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.

Person-directed care practices begin with knowing each person, and implementing practices to put nursing home residents back in charge of their own lives...what they eat, when they go to bed and get up, and how they spend their day, for starters.


Did you know that people who have diabetes—both type 1 and type 2—feel the heat more than people who don't have diabetes?

Connection will improve care coordination, safety, quality

Marking a significant milestone in statewide health information exchange, the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority today announced that the Keystone Health Information Exchange (KeyHIE) is now connected to the PA Patient & Provider Network, or P3N.

According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes affects nearly 30 million children and adults in the U.S. today—nearly 10 percent of the population. Another 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes by 2050 unless we take steps to prevent this disease.

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