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HAP Convenes Health Care Talent Task Force; Efforts Align with Governor’s Budget Priorities

February 07, 2019

HAP has convened a Health Care Talent Task Force to guide the development of strategies that will help attract and retain the health care talent pool needed to provide quality, patient-centered care for Pennsylvania communities. The goals of the task force align with the Governor’s dedication to developing Pennsylvania’s workforce as expressed during his recent budget address.

HAP President and CEO Andy Carter took note of the synergy: “Like many other sectors of the state’s economy, the health care community is taking a serious look at how we prepare for the health care needs of the future. We look forward to working with the Administration and with legislative leaders to support measures to help hospitals meet the needs of Pennsylvania’s families.”

The task force includes administrative and clinical leaders, health professional educators, and human resource professionals representing HAP member hospitals and health systems. Its objectives include:

  • Identifying the workforce needs of member hospitals and health systems
  • Guiding the development of public policy strategies to improve the ability of hospitals and health systems to attract and retain the health care talent pool they need
  • Identifying strategies to support the transformation of the health care workforce given 21st century health care needs

During the first meeting of the task force, members:

  • Received an update on workforce survey findings from a comprehensive survey HAP conducted last year
  • Spoke with representatives from the Joint State Government Commission regarding the statewide workforce study the commission is conducting as a result of House Resolution 754, which was supported by HAP
  • Briefed HAP on other hospital priority areas 

HAP has taken several steps to promote workforce development and safety, including:

  • Supporting House Bill 39, introduced by Representative Pam Snyder (D-Fayette), to remove health care workers’ last names from their facility identification badges. This will help ensure that hospital and health system employees are safer at their places of work.
  • Participating in collaborative efforts to convince the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Civil Procedure Rules Committee to withdraw its plan to eliminate a venue reform that has brought fairness and balance to the state’s medical liability system.
  • Supporting the reintroduction of legislation that would add health care practitioners to a protected class in the event of an assault. Last session, House Bill 646, sponsored by Representative Judy Ward (R-Blair), and Senate Bill 445, sponsored by Senator Don White (R-Indiana) sought to raise the penalty for an assault on an on-duty health care practitioner from a misdemeanor of the second degree to a felony of the second degree.

The task force will meet throughout the year and plans to develop a report that will include suggested tactics and strategies to implement the report recommendations.

For information about HAP’s workforce efforts, please contact Jeff Bechtel, HAP’s senior vice president, health economics and policy or Mary Marshall, HAP’s director, workforce and professional development.

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