HAP Monitors Workforce and Administrative Proposed Legislation
A number of regulatory and legislative proposals are introduced at the state and federal level that impact Pennsylvania health care facility’s workforce, day-to-day staff responsibilities, and overall operating budgets. HAP works to ensure that these proposals do not negatively impact Pennsylvania hospitals’ ability to provide patients with the right care, at the right time, and in the right setting.
Last session, Pennsylvania’s hospital community was successful in making Pennsylvania a part of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. This compact allows qualified physicians seeking to practice in multiple states eligible for expedited licensure in all states that join the interstate compact, making their license “portable.” Pennsylvania’s support of an interstate compact would make it easier for physicians to practice in multiple states by allowing them to provide care across state lines, helping to expand access to care, especially for rural and medically underserved communities. This interstate compact also is a key step in advancing telemedicine.
Advanced Practice Professionals
As health care changes, advanced practice professionals are becoming critically important to ensure Pennsylvanians have access to timely care in the right setting. Roles are evolving for advanced practice health care professionals in care transitions, accountable care organizations, nurse managed clinics, and medical homes. HAP is advocating for laws and regulations that allow advanced practice professionals to practice to the full extent of their education and training in all health care facility settings.
Nurse Staffing Requirements
Patient volume, acuity, and turnover are among the many variables that influence nurse staffing levels in hospital units. Every day, hospitals review these variables and other key factors to develop staffing plans for each nursing shift in each unit. HAP advocates for legislative/regulatory proposals regarding nurse staffing that allow hospitals complete flexibility to establish safe, effective, and collaborative staffing practices.