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December 23, 2020

New Report: PA Hospitals Support One in Nine Jobs

A new HAP report released today shows that the economic impact of Pennsylvania’s hospital community extends far beyond the four walls of each facility, including providing family-sustaining jobs and powering local businesses and suppliers. 

December 22, 2020

Congress Passes Year-End Package Including COVID-19 Relief, Hospital Priorities, and Surprise Balance Billing Policy

Late Monday night, the U.S. House and U.S. Senate passed a year-end legislative package that provides critical support for small businesses, workers, and health care providers suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic; offers important relief for hospitals; and addresses the issue of surprise medical bills. The legislation extends funding for the federal government through the end of the federal fiscal year, but additional relief will be necessary during 2021 to continue to support the state’s hospitals and health system.

December 22, 2020

Citing COVID-19, PA Extends License Renewal Deadline for Health Care Professionals

In an effort to support the health care workforce, the Pennsylvania Department of State (DOS) announced today it is extending the license renewal deadline for health care professionals licensed under the State Board of Medicine for 90 days. The DOS also is extending emergency temporary licenses granted to out-of-state practitioners, and reactivated licenses for retired and inactive Pennsylvania-licensed practitioners.

December 16, 2020

Four PA Hospitals Join Innovative Rural Pilot Program

Last week, Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, announced four additional hospitals are joining the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model, the state’s global budget pilot program for rural hospitals.

December 15, 2020

Federal Policymakers Urged to Support Efforts to Manage Health Care Workforce Strain

As communities across the nation see increasing COVID-19 case counts, rising hospitalization rates, and suffer from the fatigue of battling the global pandemic, hospitals continue to look for new ways to address the strain on the health care workforce. In Washington, D.C., federal lawmakers are discussing several proposals to maximize the health care workforce through legislative action and regulatory policy.