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PA House Approves Health Care Workforce Study

April 10, 2018

Today in Harrisburg, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a resolution, House Resolution 754, calling for a study of Pennsylvania’s long-term health care workforce needs. 

The resolution, sponsored by Representative Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre), directs the Joint State Government Commission to study the health care workforce and also the education and training pipeline required to meet the workforce needs during the next five years.

“The Hospital and Healthsystem of Pennsylvania commends Rep. Benninghoff and the legislature for acknowledging the necessity of this study,” said Andy Carter, president and CEO. “The health care sector is constantly changing, not just in advancements of technology and care, but the populations we serve. An aging population, the opioid epidemic, and shifts from inpatient to outpatient care are just three examples of major change. Given this constant state of flux, it’s important to comprehensively assess the adequacy and quality of the workforce to meet the needs of our communities.”

The resolution directs the commission to solicit input from health care providers across the entire continuum of care and all aspects of the health care industry and make recommendations about how the commonwealth can train, attract, and retain the highly skilled workforce the health care sector requires. This includes studying the regulatory structure for areas of improvement to support innovation.

For additional information please contact Scott Bishop, senior vice president, legislative advocacy, or Stephanie Watkins, vice president, state legislative advocacy.

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