Pennsylvania NEWS

The Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network (PA-HEN) has achieved the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Partnership for Patients goals of reducing preventable harm by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent in participating hospitals across the state.

Rates of potentially preventable hospitalizations in the United States declined 14 percent from 2005 to 2011, but rates varied widely by geographic region, according to a new statistical brief from AHRQ. 

Read the full brief to see how the Northeast region compared.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Innovation Center supports the development and testing of innovative health care payment and service delivery models. 

Pennsylvania’s hospitals continue to make significant progress in reducing and eliminating infections, preventable patient harm, and readmissions. 

Hospital-acquired conditions decline by 17 percent over a three-year period

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued the 2015 Physician Fee Schedule (Medicare PFS) Final Rule. The Final Rule includes updates to PQRS measures and payment adjustments for professionals who do not report quality data.

Time to Get the Flu Vaccine   (11/10/2014)

The flu vaccine is your best protection against seasonal flu. 

Visit the online dashboard to view Pennsylvania's progress on the Million Hearts® ABCS (Aspirin when appropriate, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation). 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced two initiatives to improve the quality of post-acute care.  First, the expansion and strengthening of the agency’s widely-used Five Star Quality Rating System for Nursing Homes will improve consumer information about individual nursing homes’ quality. Second, proposed new conditions of participation for home health agencies will modernize Medicare’s Home Health Agency Conditions of Participation to ensure safe delivery of quality care to home health patients.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more than 14 million Americans, many for the first time now have quality health insurance through the Marketplace, Medicaid and CHIP. It’s important for the newly insured to fully understand when, where, and how to use their new coverage to get the right care, at the right time, in the right place to stay healthy.

Pennsylvania among five states that participated in the initiative.

Which states are showing the most improvement in the quality of health care they deliver to patients and access to services they provide? AHRQ’s State Snapshots answer that question with easy-to-read charts on the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for improvement in each state and the District of Columbia. 

Pennsylvania has been awarded $4 million in grants to prevent chronic health problems resulting from tobacco use, obesity and other issues.

Quality Insights of Pennsylvania will continue working with providers and Pennsylvania communities to improve healthcare quality as part of Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network, a new Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) chartered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The new network comprises five states – Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia – and became effective on August 1, 2014.

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