March 02, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to uncertainty for U.S. hospitals and placed a staggering burden on the nation’s health care workforce, a panel of frontline health care leaders told U.S. lawmakers today.
This morning, the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hosted a hearing focused on the ways COVID-19 has affected patient care, the nation’s caregivers, and the U.S. health care system. Panelists provided perspectives from the front lines and called on lawmakers to take action to support the health care workforce.
“Throughout the pandemic, we have relied too heavily on stopgap solutions instead of addressing the underlying issues,” said Megan Ranney, MD, MPH, emergency physician, Rhode Island Hospital.
Among the takeaways from the hearing:
HAP continues to advocate for polices that will help create a more robust health care workforce, while raising awareness about the need to protect our health care heroes. Additionally, through the Health Care Talent Task Force, HAP and Pennsylvania’s hospitals are guiding the development of strategies that will help attract and retain the health care talent pool.
The hearing and written testimony from today’s panelists are available online.
For additional information, contact Laura Stevens Kent, HAP’s senior vice president, advocacy and external affairs.
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