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HAP Letter
To PA House Professional Licensure Committee on House Bill 765


Comment Letter to State Board of Nursing
On general revisions to licensure regulations (Dec 2014)


Comment Letter to Department of Health
On proposed regulations for photo identification badges (Oct 2014)


Comment Letter to State Board of Nursing
On pre-draft regulations related to nursing education programs for RNs (Aug 2014)


Comment Letter to State Board of Nursing
On proposed regulations for continuing education and reporting of criminal and disciplinary actions (Mar 2014)


Summary House Bill 476
Overview of bill about nurse staffing plans (Oct 2015)


Fact Sheet
On the economic impact of Pennsylvania hospitals


Overview of Child Protective Services Law Requirements
Resource for hospitals to assure compliance by health care practitioners with the PA Child Protective Services Law (July 2015)


Interim Guidance
for compliance with Act 110 of 2010 (photo ID badges) (Mar 2015)


HAP/PSPA Overview
Revised physician assistant countersignature requirements (Dec 2014)


Guidebook on Updates to Various Practice Acts
Guidebook on use of physician assistants, certified registered nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and clinical nurse specialists (2013)


Message Points
On Joint State Government Commission Study on Nurse Staffing (Jun 2015)


Message Points
In opposition to draft nurse staffing resolution


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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.

Related News

April 18, 2017

Senate Advances HAP-Supported Nurse Practitioner Bill

Today, the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee voted HAP-supported Senate Bill 25 out of committee by a vote of 13 to three. Sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), the bill allows certified nurse practitioners (CNP) to practice to the full scope of their license without the need for physician supervision after they have worked under such supervision for three years and 3,600 hours.


April 14, 2017

Pennsylvania Action Coalition Promotes PA Nurse Residency Collaborative Work

The Pennsylvania Action Coalition, which promotes a healthy Pennsylvania through improvements in the quality, accessibility and safety of nursing, recently met to discuss progress around nursing education and diversity in the workforce.


April 04, 2017

State House Health Committee Passes Bill to Streamline Physician Credentialing

After debate as well as questions from members of the committee, Pennsylvania’s House Health Committee voted to advance House Bill 125, the Health Care Practitioner Credentialing Act. The HAP-supported legislation would establish a streamlined process for insurance credentialing for health care practitioners.


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September 18, 2015

Pennsylvania’s Physician Credentialing Process Is Keeping Doctors from Patients

Pennsylvania’s antiquated, cumbersome, paper-based physician credentialing system is slowing down access to health care.

August 25, 2015

Health Care Is Changing as We Speak. Why Are We Considering Mandates Based on Yesterday’s Model of Care?

With Pennsylvania’s health care landscape evolving so quickly, are we making the best use of our time and resources by legislating hospital mandates that apply to old models of care?

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