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House State Budget Hearings Begin with Independent Fiscal Office

February 11, 2019

Today, the state House Appropriations Committee began its series of Pennsylvania state budget hearings, with testimonies from the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO), Department of Revenue, and Department of Aging.

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HAP Convenes Health Care Talent Task Force; Efforts Align with Governor’s Budget Priorities

February 07, 2019

HAP has convened a Health Care Talent Task Force to guide the development of strategies that will help attract and retain the health care talent pool needed to provide quality, patient-centered care for Pennsylvania communities. The goals of the workforce align with the Governor’s dedication to developing Pennsylvania’s workforce as expressed during his recent budget address.

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Governor Wolf’s Budget Proposal Protects Hospital Supplementals and Tobacco Funds and Spotlights Workforce Development

February 05, 2019

Governor Wolf introduced his proposed state spending plan for the 2019–2020 fiscal year. The budget maintains 2018–2019 funding levels for...

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HAP Statement: Governor’s Budget Plan Protects Key Hospital Funding Lines, Spotlights Workforce Development

February 05, 2019

Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement regarding Governor Tom Wolf's state budget address, which was delivered today.

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Legislation Introduced to Remove Last Name on Health Care Worker Identification

January 31, 2019

Representative Pam Snyder reintroduced her legislation to remove the last name of a health care worker from the facility identification badge. HAP supports this effort to ensure hospital and health system employees are safer. 

 

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Governor Wolf Sworn in to Second Term with New Lieutenant Governor Fetterman

January 15, 2019

Today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) was sworn in for his second term as the commonwealth’s top executive and John Fetterman (D) was installed as the state’s new Lieutenant Governor.

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HAP and Pennsylvania Providers Voice Health Care Consequences of Proposed “Public Charge” Immigration Policy

December 11, 2018

Pennsylvania hospitals and statewide organizations representing health care providers that serve Pennsylvania patients urged federal policymakers to reconsider a proposed immigration policy that will have direct consequences for the health of millions of lawfully present families and, in turn, impact the health of all citizens and communities.

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PALS Database Unavailable for Licensure Renewals on October 30; Renew in Advance to Avoid Expirations

October 25, 2018

The Pennsylvania Department of State, Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs licensure renewal database will not be operational on October 30 between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. Individuals will not be able to renew their licenses during this time.

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Advocates for Medical Research Call for Investments in the National Institutes of Health

September 14, 2018

A broad coalition of medical research advocates, including researchers and stakeholders representing more than 300 organizations and institutions, are urging Congress to make funding the National Institutes of Health a national priority.

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Legislation Championed by Senator Casey to Support Training of Pediatricians Poised to Become Law

September 06, 2018

The U.S. Senate approved legislation, spearheaded by U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D, PA), that will support and reinforce the training of pediatricians and pediatric specialists.

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HAPevolve Partner Honored with Health Care Staffing Services Certification

August 17, 2018

Nomad Health, one of HAPevolve’s industry partners, was recently awarded with The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Health Care Staffing Services Certification. The certification establishes Nomad Health as a leader in providing qualified and competent nurses to health care employers.

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New Policy Brief Outlines Burdens of Restrictions on Advanced Practice Professionals

July 05, 2018

A recent policy brief published by The Hamilton Project, an economic policy initiative of the Brookings Institution, provides new insight into the ways that limitations in scope of practice are impacting health care in the United States.

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Model for Training Nurse Practitioners Could Help Fill Gaps in Care

June 25, 2018

Researchers and directors of a nurse graduate education demonstration pilot say the model offers a workable way to train more nurse practitioners and help increase access to primary care, especially in underserved rural areas.

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U.S. Senate Considers Health Care Workforce Challenges

May 22, 2018

A hearing today before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee considered strains the health care workforce is experiencing as it works to meet the needs of patients, as well as federal programs underway that support the recruitment, training, and retention of medical professionals.

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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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