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November 27, 2019

HAP Provides Input about Improving Health Care Outcomes in Underserved Communities

As federal policymakers grapple with the continuous threat of rural hospital closures and increased strain on urban hospitals, the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee’s Rural and Underserved Communities Health Task Force asked for feedback related to factors that influence patient outcomes and input about policy options that can improve care delivery and health outcomes within these communities.

November 20, 2019

PA Senate Unanimously Passes Badge Bill; HAP Calls for Continued Member Efforts

A HAP-supported bill to protect health care workers in Pennsylvania hospitals was unanimously approved by the Pennsylvania Senate. Sponsored by Senator Kristen Phillips-Hill (R–York), Senate Bill 842–allows health care workers to remove their last names from their facility identification badges. In the past, individuals have used this information to harass and assault health care practitioners both inside and outside the workplace.

November 19, 2019

Antibiotic Awareness Week and Antimicrobial Resistance Report

Antibiotics are medications that destroy or slow down the growth of bacteria. They are used to treat many common and serious infections, and they save lives. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 30 percent of the antibiotics in U.S. outpatient settings are prescribed unnecessarily.

November 18, 2019

Urban Health Care Challenges Spotlighted in Hospital Roundtable with Federal Officials

In the wake of the recent closure of Hahnemann University Hospital, Congressman Dwight Evans (D, PA-03)—a member of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee—convened hospitals and health care stakeholders to engage in a conversation with policymakers, including Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D, MA-01), about safeguarding care in urban communities.