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PA Senate and House Introduce Bills to Allow CNPs Full Practice Authority

March 22, 2017

Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) and Representative Jesse Topper (R-Bedford) have picked up the effort to allow certified nurse practitioners (CNP) to practice to their level of education and training.

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AAMC Annual Report: Projected Shortfall of Physicians Continues to Grow

March 20, 2017

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently released an updated report that projects that, for the third consecutive year, physician demand will continue to grow faster than the U.S. supply of physicians.

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Pennsylvania’s Top RN Programs

March 17, 2017

RegisteredNursing.org has ranked Pennsylvania’s top 30 nursing schools based on the percentage of graduates who pass the exam for registered nurses (RN). Programs reviewed include schools that offer a Diploma in Nursing, an Associate Degree in Nursing, a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN), or Direct-Entry Masters in Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree.

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Pennsylvania Hospitals Add 1,300 jobs in January

March 13, 2017

Pennsylvania’s actual hospital employment increased by 1,300 jobs from December 2016 to January 2017, for total direct employment of 272,300. This is 4,900 more hospital jobs than one year ago, January 2016, when the total number was 267,400.

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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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