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HAP Notes Important Role of Surgical Technologists, Raises Concerns about Certification Bill

April 11, 2018

Today, HAP participated in a public hearing about House Bill 1805 (Ward, R-Hollidaysburg), legislation that would require surgical technologists to be certified and undergo annual continuing education.

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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 calling for a study of Pennsylvania’s long-term health care workforce needs. 

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National Doctors Day is a Day to Thank Pennsylvania Physicians

March 30, 2018

Thank you to Pennsylvania’s nearly 48,000 physicians, many who are working to improve the health of patients and communities in hospitals and health systems across the state.

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New Report Shows U.S. Health Care Infrastructure Underprepared for Emergencies and Disaster Events

March 21, 2018

A recent report by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security found that the United States’ current health care infrastructure is insufficient to handle a mass disaster. The report outlines four key types of disasters for which health care systems stand to become better prepared.

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Pennsylvania’s Acting Health Care Secretaries Face Committee for Confirmation

March 19, 2018

Today, Pennsylvania’s Health and Human Services Committee held the next step in the confirmation process to formally place the acting secretaries for Pennsylvania’s three health agencies.

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Health Care Workforce Study Resolution Clears Committee

March 14, 2018

Pennsylvania’s House Labor and Industry Committee voted unanimously to approve a resolution, House Resolution 754, calling for a study of Pennsylvania’s long-term health care workforce needs. 

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HAP Achievement Awards Winner Spotlight: Conemaugh Health System

February 16, 2018

Engaged employees and committed leaders are crucial to any organization. Dedication to each other and patients is crucial in hospitals and health systems. An award-winning program developed by Conemaugh Health System identifies and develops future leaders from within the organization through its Aspiring Leader Program.

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House Republicans Continue Push for Opioid Reduction in Workers' Compensation System

January 23, 2018

After an informational hearing by the House Labor and Industry Committee yesterday, legislation reforming how drugs are prescribed within Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation system, Senate Bill 936 (White, R-Indiana), was voted out of committee.

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PA Lawmakers Propose State Regulatory Relief Package

January 17, 2018

Earlier this week, a group of state House Republican lawmakers announced a five-bill package aimed at reducing regulatory restrictions placed on all industries operating in Pennsylvania. Lawmakers said they hope to spur economic growth and job creation through reforming and streamlining the regulatory process and reviewing outdated regulations.

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New Data Reveals that More Women than Men are Enrolling in U.S. Medical Schools

December 28, 2017

For the first time, the number of women enrolling in U.S. medical schools has exceeded the number of men. New data released by the Association of American Medical Colleges reveals that women made up 50.7 percent of the 21,338 new enrollees during 2017, compared with 49.8 percent during 2016.

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Bill Expands Newborn Protection Act to Include Emergency Service Providers as Safe Havens for Newborns

December 15, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Legislature approved a bill that would expand the state’s Newborn Protection Act of 2002 to include emergency services providers as “safe havens” for women to relinquish their unwanted or impossible-to-care-for newborns to caregivers. The bill now heads to the Governor.

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HAP Expresses Support for Extending Graduate Nurse Education Pilot

December 04, 2017

Andy Carter, HAP’s President and CEO, sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation endorsing the extension of the Medicare Graduate Nurse Education (GNE) Demonstration, an initiative that promotes clinical training of advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) through partnerships between hospitals, schools of nursing, and non-hospital, community-based training sites.

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Pennsylvania Hospitals Add Jobs for Eleven Straight Months

August 21, 2017

During July, Pennsylvania hospitals added 900 jobs to their workforce, capping off an 11-month hiring frenzy which resulted in 8,900 new hospital jobs since August 2016 and record high hospital employment in Pennsylvania. Preliminary, not seasonally adjusted, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry data show that direct hospital employment reached 278,200 in July 2017. Hospital employment in Pennsylvania has risen 5.7 percent (15,100 jobs added) since their recession low of 263,100 jobs in April 2010.

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Hospitals Continue Adding to the Pennsylvania Workforce

August 07, 2017

Unlike colleges and universities that laid off nearly 20 percent of their workforce during June, hospitals added 2,100 workers. Preliminary, not seasonally adjusted, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry data show that direct hospital employment reached 277,500 during June 2017, an increase of more than 3 percent during the last year.

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U.S. House Committee Reviews State Opioid Efforts and Ongoing Challenges

July 12, 2017

In a hearing today, Combating the Opioid Crisis: Battles in the States, Congressional leaders heard testimony from state officials offering insight on successful strategies to address the opioid epidemic and ongoing challenges in prevention and treatment.

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