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Study Finds Pennsylvania among States with Highest Rate of Drug Overdose Deaths

June 14, 2019

According to a recent Commonwealth Fund study, Pennsylvania has the third highest death rate from drug overdoses (behind Ohio and West Virginia) and mortality rates from drug overdoses were at least five times higher than rates for alcohol-related deaths and about three times higher than suicide rates.

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HAP-Supported Nurse Practitioner Bill Passes Senate

June 12, 2019

HAP-supported Senate Bill 25 was voted on today by the full Senate. Sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), the bill allows certified nurse practitioners (CNP) to practice to the full scope of their license without the need for physician supervision after they have worked under such supervision for three years and 3,600 hours.

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HAP Member Hospitals Recognized for Being Top Places to Work in Health Care

May 23, 2019

Several Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems have been recognized as  top places to work.

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Study on Emergency Departments and Behavioral Health Clears First Hurdle; PA Hospital Community Encouraged to Show Support

May 17, 2019

This week, the House Health Committee considered HAP-supported House Resolution 268 to study the impact of the Commonwealth’s mental and behavioral health treatment capacity. Members of Pennsylvania’s hospital community are encouraged to sign a petition urging lawmakers to support the resolution.

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Listening Session Underscores Need for Legislative Action to Protect Pennsylvania’s Health Care Workers

May 16, 2019

Local lawmakers recently had an opportunity to hear firsthand from hospital staff and leadership at Lankenau Medical Center, a part of Main Line Health, about ways they can improve workplace safety for health care staff throughout the commonwealth, including passage of Senate Bill 351 and House Bill 36.

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Joint News Release: Lankenau Medical Center Listening Session Underscores Need for Legislative Action to Protect Health Care Workers

May 16, 2019

Local lawmakers recently had an opportunity to hear firsthand from hospital staff and leadership at Lankenau Medical Center, a part of Main Line Health, about ways they can improve workplace safety for health care staff throughout the commonwealth.

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Hospitals Across Pennsylvania Celebrate National Nurses Week

May 09, 2019

This week, hospitals across the commonwealth are celebrating National Nurses Week, a time to recognize the critical role that nurses play in our everyday lives, and say a resounding “Thank you!” to all of our nurses.

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Legislation Reintroduced to Strengthen the Workforce to Respond to the Opioid Epidemic

May 03, 2019

Building on sustained efforts at the federal level to address the opioid epidemic over the last two Congressional sessions, federal lawmakers reinitiated a bipartisan effort to strengthen the health care workforce’s ability to respond to the opioid crisis by incentivizing the training of more addiction specialists.

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Celebrate National Nurses Week 2019, Recognize Pennsylvania Nurses

April 23, 2019

May 6-12 is National Nurses Week. Prepare now to recognize the safe, quality care nurses provide to patients across the state.

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Nurse Leaders, Lawmakers Rally in Support of Full Practice Authority for Certified Nurse Practitioners

April 09, 2019

Nurse practitioners and health care champions met in Harrisburg today to rally in support of legislative proposals to help advanced practices professionals obtain full practice authority in Pennsylvania.

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Senate Advances HAP-Supported Nurse Practitioner Bill

March 27, 2019

Today, the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee voted HAP-supported Senate Bill 25 out of committee with two negative votes. Sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), the bill allows certified nurse practitioners (CNP) to practice to the full scope of their license without the need for physician supervision after they have worked under such supervision for three years and 3,600 hours.

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PA House Continues Work on Workforce Development, Advancing Several Bills

March 26, 2019

As a part of the bipartisan state initiative to ensure the professional stability and economic success of every Pennsylvanian, House Republican leaders have recently passed several workforce development bills.

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Report Says Gap in Professional Skills a Key Problem as Health Care Industry Strives to Fill Jobs

March 21, 2019

The job search website Indeed recently published a report identifying a gap in professional skills as the reason the health care industry is not able to fill jobs.

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PA Senate Introduces HAP-Supported Bill to Allow APRNs Full Practice Authority

February 27, 2019

Today, Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) re-introduced legislation that would give full practice authority to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). HAP supports the bill, Senate Bill 25, that would modernize the Professional Nursing Law to permit qualified APRNs to practice in their field of specialty independent of a physician after they fulfill a three-year, 3,600-hour collaboration agreement with a physician.

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Workforce Stability, Work Requirements, and Minimum Wage Dominate Senate Appropriations Hearing

February 25, 2019

The Department of Labor and Industry, led by Secretary W. Gerard Oleksiak, testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee during this morning’s budget hearing.

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