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September 18, 2020

Hospital Employees Encouraged to Register and Vote in November Election

The outcome of this year’s election will be critical to those who work in health care because those who are elected will make important decisions that affect health care as well as Pennsylvania’s hospitals. HAP is supporting the American Hospital Association’s “We Care, We Vote” campaign and is encouraging hospital employees to register to vote and to vote on November 3.

August 10, 2020

HAP Announces 2020 Achievement Awards Winners

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) is proud to honor the winners of the 2020 Achievement Awards. The winning initiatives celebrate hospitals leveraging partnerships and inventive ideas to improve patient care and outcomes and invest in the specific health needs of communities.

July 27, 2020

Survey Shows the Impact of COVID-19 on the Health Care Workforce

Mental health issues and burnout in the health care field was a major concern before the pandemic, but COVID-19 has exacerbated the problem. A recent survey placed a spotlight on the impact that COVID-19 continues to have on the health care workforce.

July 22, 2020

Pennsylvania Hospitals Call on Congress for Loan Forgiveness

This week, 24 hospitals and health systems, representing 143 facilities across the commonwealth, issued a letter calling on the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation for full forgiveness of Medicare accelerated payments. This call for federal action comes at a time when Congress is considering additional coronavirus relief legislation.

June 23, 2020

Healthcare Workplace Safety Legislation Heads to Governor’s Desk

HAP supported bills to protect health care workers against violence were approved by the House of Representatives and now head to the Governor’s desk for his signature. Sponsored by Senator Kristen Phillips-Hill (R-York), Senate Bill 842 eliminates a state requirement for photo identification badges in health care facilities to include the employee's last name. Senate Bill 351, sponsored by Senator Judy Ward (R-Blair), increases the penalty for an assault on a health care worker from a misdemeanor to a felony.

June 18, 2020

Supreme Court Agrees to Decide PA Disaster Declaration Dispute; Regulatory Waivers Remain in Place

After Governor Wolf failed to recognize last week’s concurrent resolution by the General Assembly to terminate the COVID-19 Disaster Declaration issued by the governor during March, Senators Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson), Jake Corman (R-Centre), and the Senate Republic Caucus filed a petition in Commonwealth Court asking that the governor be directed to terminate the declaration. The governor then filed a petition with the state Supreme Court to intervene in the case and rule in his favor.

June 09, 2020

Interstate Licensure Agreement Legislation Advances

Today, the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee unanimously passed two proposals to expedite the licensure process for health care practitioners who want to be licensed in Pennsylvania.