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Pennsylvania Hospital Employment Reaches All-Time High

February 08, 2017

Pennsylvania hospital employment increased by 600 jobs from November 2016 to December 2016, for total direct employment of 274,900. This is 3,100 more hospital jobs than one year ago, December 2015, when the total number was 271,800.

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PA Attorney General Joins 15 Other Attorneys General in Amicus Brief Regarding Executive Order on Immigration; Brief Cites Impact on Medical Institutions

February 07, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro joined with 15 other Democratic attorney generals in an amicus brief supporting Washington state’s lawsuit against President Trump’s executive order on immigration. The amicus brief calls for upholding the federal court decision to temporarily restrain the order and to deny the federal government’s emergency motion for a stay.

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PA Moves Forward with Medical Marijuana Implementation

January 18, 2017

Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy released applications for grower/processor and dispensary licenses for Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program.  Applications will be accepted until March 20, 2017.

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Pennsylvania Hospital Employment Up by 200 Jobs in November 2016

December 27, 2016

Pennsylvania hospital employment increased by 200 jobs from October 2016 to November 2016, for total direct employment of 274,000. This is 2,200 more hospital jobs than one year ago, November 2015, when the total number was 271,800.

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VA Takes Significant Step to Increase Vets’ Access to Health Care; Grants Full Practice Authority to Certain Advanced Practice Nurses

December 14, 2016

In an effort to increase veterans’ access to primary care, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has finalized a rule that will allow certain advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) to practice to the full extent of their education and training in VA facilities.

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Pennsylvania Hospital Employment Up by 1,200 Jobs in October 2016

November 30, 2016

Pennsylvania hospital employment increased by 1,200 jobs from September 2016 to October 2016, for total direct employment of 274,700. This is 3,400 more hospital jobs than one year ago, October 2015, when the total number was 271,300.

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Implementation of Federal Overtime Rule Temporarily Blocked

November 29, 2016

In May 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final rule making changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s regulations governing overtime payment eligibility and how employers classify their exempt and non-exempt employees. Although implementation was scheduled for December 1, nationwide emergency preliminary injunctive relief has been granted.

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Governor Wolf Declares ‘Rural Health in Pennsylvania Week’

November 18, 2016

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf declared November 14–18 as Rural Health in Pennsylvania Week to draw attention to the wide range of issues impacting rural health care, including the critical role of Pennsylvania’s rural health care providers, including its 15 critical access hospitals. 

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Hospitals Thank Our Veterans for Their Service and Work to Connect Them to Health Care Jobs

November 11, 2016

As the nation celebrates Veterans Day, one of the ways we can support these men and women is to create a path to civilian careers. Veterans who have medical backgrounds are excellent candidates for health care jobs. 

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Governor Wolf Signs Key Measure to Increase Access to Health Care in Commonwealth

October 26, 2016

Today Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 1619—Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (Interstate Compact) legislation—into law as Act 112 of 2016. The legislation enables Pennsylvania to join an Interstate Compact that already includes 17 other states, allowing eligible licensed physicians in one state to treat patients in other states via telehealth and streamlines the licensing process for licensed physicians looking to practice in the state.

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Pennsylvania Hospital Employment Down by 100 Jobs in September 2016

October 24, 2016

Pennsylvania hospital employment decreased by 100 jobs from August 2016 to September 2016, for total direct employment of 273,400. This is 2,700 more hospital jobs than one year ago, when the total number was 270,700.

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Interstate Compact Legislation Passes Senate Unanimously, On its Way to Governor’s Desk

October 18, 2016

House Bill 1619—Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (Interstate Compact) legislation—completed its final hurdle in the legislature by passing the Senate unanimously, 49–0. Sponsored by Representative Jesse Topper (R-Bedford), House Bill 1619 enables Pennsylvania to join an Interstate Compact that already includes 16 other states.

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State Task Force Issues Recommendations on Improving Nursing Home Quality and Safety

October 06, 2016

 The Pennsylvania Department of Health released a report developed by the its Nursing Home Quality Improvement Task Force to improve the quality of care and safety of nursing home residents in Pennsylvania.

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Pennsylvania Hospital Employment Down by 300 Jobs in August 2016; Still Above 2015 Level

September 30, 2016

Pennsylvania hospital employment decreased by 300 jobs from July 2016 to August 2016, for total direct employment of 273,400. This is 2,900 more hospital jobs than one year ago, August 2015, when the total number was 270,500.

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U.S. House Offers Regulatory Relief to Help Hospitals Meet Patient Needs

September 23, 2016

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved two bills offering important regulatory relief for small and rural hospitals and long-term care hospitals.

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