Pennsylvania NEWS

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority reports a decline in serious events and wrong-drug reports involving opioids in Pennsylvania facilities.

March 22 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.

In a continuing effort to create a government that works for Pennsylvania, Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy recently met with nursing home industry stakeholders to provide an update on the department’s efforts to improve nursing home care in Pennsylvania, highlight progress made to date, and discuss next steps. Secretary Murphy also sought feedback from attendees to help guide future collaboration.

The Health Care Improvement Foundation will host the 2016 Partnership for Patient Care Leadership Summit on Tuesday, March 22 in Philadelphia. 

Save the date and register today to hear one elder care community's off-the-beaten-path approach to the care planning process.

February is American Heart Month. It's the perfect time to challenge yourself to make heart healthy choices.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health provides a monthly e-newsletter to help residents stay on top of health issues within the Commonwealth.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages smokers to use the coming new year to get healthy by quitting smoking. 

On December 15, Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine visited a Harrisburg school to highlight important measures everyone should take in order to avoid getting – and spreading -- the flu. The Department of Health partnered with Harrisburg School District to hold a flu vaccine clinic at Downey Elementary School in conjunction with the department’s “Stopping the Flu Starts with YOU” campaign. 

States’ health care systems improved more than they declined, and access to care expanded across the nation, The Commonwealth Fund’s latest Scorecard on State Health System Performance finds. 

As part of its "Stopping the Flu Starts with YOU" campaign, the Pennsylvania Department of Health encourages Pennsylvanians to get their flu vaccines.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Diabetes Action Partnership remind Pennsylvanians to take control of their health by being screened for diabetes, a disease that is oftentimes preventable with proper diet and exercise.

October 2015 report details hospital performance in Pennsylvania

November is American Diabetes Month and Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network’s Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program is working with patients, health care providers and stakeholders to prevent and reduce the incidence of diabetes in Pennsylvania.

Influenza, also known as the flu, is a contagious disease that is caused by the influenza virus. It attacks the respiratory tract (nose, throat and lungs). The flu is different from a cold and it usually comes on suddenly.

The  Pennsylvania Culture Change Coalition will host its 11th annual ACCORD on November 10, 2015. This engaging day of education and enlightenment will feature excellent speakers, breakout sessions, a music video contest, vendors and more.

The Pennsylvania Health Care Association recently launched a new website to help Pennsylvanians find quality healthcare.

National Health Education Week (NHEW) is celebrated on October 19-23. Sponsored by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), this celebration promotes an understanding of the role of health education in promoting the public's health. In celebration of NHEW, the Jefferson College of Population Health is honoring health educators who are improving the health and well-being of residents in the greater Philadelphia region.  

The rate of health care-associated infections has decreased 7 percent across the Commonwealth since 2009, resulting in a minimum savings of $138 million in direct health care costs, according to a new report by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH).

Early treatment of flu-hospitalized people 65 and older with flu antiviral medications cuts the duration of their hospital stay and reduces their risk of needing extended care after discharge, a new CDC study finds. The study is the first to look at the benefits of early antiviral treatment on preventing the need for extended care in community-dwelling flu-hospitalized people 65 and older.

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