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DHS Creates New PASRR Website

May 19, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) has created a new website to assist hospitals in completing the Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) for patients being discharged to a Medicaid-certified nursing facility. The PASRR process is a federal requirement to assess the patient’s needs to ensure the most appropriate setting.

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PA Hospitals Add 1,400 Jobs during March

May 04, 2017

Hospital employment in Pennsylvania increased by 1,400 jobs from February 2017 to March 2017, for total direct hospital employment of 274,600. This is 7,300 more hospital jobs than one year ago, during March 2016, when the total number was 267,300. These jobs figures are not seasonally adjusted.

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Senate Advances HAP-Supported Nurse Practitioner Bill

April 18, 2017

Today, the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee voted HAP-supported Senate Bill 25 out of committee by a vote of 13 to three. 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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Pennsylvania Action Coalition Promotes PA Nurse Residency Collaborative Work

April 14, 2017

The Pennsylvania Action Coalition, which promotes a healthy Pennsylvania through improvements in the quality, accessibility and safety of nursing, recently met to discuss progress around nursing education and diversity in the workforce.

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State House Health Committee Passes Bill to Streamline Physician Credentialing

April 04, 2017

After debate as well as questions from members of the committee, Pennsylvania’s House Health Committee voted to advance House Bill 125, the Health Care Practitioner Credentialing Act. The HAP-supported legislation would establish a streamlined process for insurance credentialing for health care practitioners.

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National Doctors' Day is a Day to Thank Pennsylvania Physicians

March 30, 2017

HAP thanks Pennsylvania’s nearly 47,000 physicians, many of whom are working to improve the health of patients and communities in hospitals and health systems across the state and is providing education and information on important physician issues.

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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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