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Workforce Stability, Work Requirements, and Minimum Wage Dominate Senate Appropriations Hearing

February 25, 2019

The Department of Labor and Industry, led by Secretary W. Gerard Oleksiak, testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee during this morning’s budget hearing.

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House Bill Would Address Problems with Health Professionals’ Credentialing Process

February 22, 2019

HAP is supporting legislation to improve Pennsylvania's credentialing process for health care practitioners. 

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HAP Letter to PA Supreme Court Committee Highlights Report Findings: Venue Reform Change Would Increase Physician Insurance Costs/Rates

February 21, 2019

HAP has sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Civil Procedural Rules Committee opposing a plan that would eliminate a critical venue reform established during 2002. 

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Today’s Theme in Harrisburg is Workforce Development; Governor Signs Executive Order, Legislature Holds Hearing

February 19, 2019

Governor Wolf today signed an executive order calling for a long-term investment in workforce assessment, development, and recruitment. HAP's Health Care Talent Task Force work aligns with his goals. 

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PA Health Care Advocates Pen Joint Comment Letter to Oppose Supreme Court Venue Shopping Proposed Rule

February 18, 2019

HAP and more than 20 health care provider and advocacy groups today sent a joint comment letter to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Civil Procedural Rules Committee expressing concern about a proposed rule to change venue requirements for medical liability cases.

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Supreme Court Committee Postpones Consideration of Venue Rule Change

February 14, 2019

Following significant outcry from the hospital community, health care leaders, business leaders, and policymakers, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Civil Procedural Rules Committee today announced that it will delay making changes to a key medical liability rule until it has reviewed the results of a legislative study.

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HAP Supports House Republican Leaders’ Efforts to Protect Access to Care, Fight Return of Venue Shopping

January 30, 2019

HAP joins House Republican leaders, physicians, and business and health care executives to address venue reform and access to care.

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PA Hospitals Encouraged to Submit Innovative Programs to 2019 HAP Achievement Awards

January 23, 2019

It’s no secret that Pennsylvania’s health care landscape is changing at an increasingly rapid pace and its hospitals and health systems are rising to that challenge through innovative programs to improve the quality of care, patient experience, and technology to meet the needs of the communities they serve. HAP members are encouraged to review the 2019 Achievement Awards Call for Entries and submit their innovative patient-centered initiatives that improve health care quality and efficiency and the health of their communities by March 1.

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Pennsylvania Department of Health Announces New Substance Use Disorder Loan Repayment Program

January 22, 2019

Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Substance Use Disorder Loan Repayment Program offers educational loan repayment to practitioners who provide behavioral health care and treatment for substance use disorder and opioid addiction in designated Health Professional Shortage Areas and designated high substance use counties. The program aims to increase access to behavioral health care services associated with opioid use in underserved and high-use communities and improve recruitment and retention of health practitioners in underserved and opioid high-use communities.

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American Hospital Association Names Human Trafficking a Key Focus for 2019 Anti-violence Initiative

January 18, 2019

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals Against Violence Initiative has named human trafficking as a main focus area for 2019

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New CDC Study Finds Guidelines Help to Decrease Opioid Prescriptions, but Geographic Disparities Remain

January 17, 2019

This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new study about opioid prescribing trends. The study found that physicians have reduced the overall frequency with which they are prescribing opioids following the CDC’s release of its Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The rates of reductions, however, vary between urban and rural areas

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HAP Statement: Proposed Change to Medical Liability Procedure Threatens Access to Care

January 14, 2019

Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement in response to the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court Civil Procedure Rules Committee proposal to remove venue limits for medical liability cases.

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Employee Education Remains Critical to Avoid Ransomware Attacks in Health Care Organizations

December 28, 2018

More than a year after the May 2017 WannaCry cyberattack that severely impacted the health care industry, WannaCry still tops the list of major threats to health care organizations. Employee education can be a critical factor in avoiding a cyberattack.

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Governor’s “Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week” Includes Distribution of Free Naloxone

December 10, 2018

Governor Tom Wolf kicked off “Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week,” a statewide initiative to distribute naloxone and get help for residents suffering from opioid-use disorder.

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HHS Secretary Plans to Increase Role in Addressing Social Determinants of Health

November 16, 2018

HHS Secretary Alex Azar outlined how HHS will take a leadership role in addressing social determinants of health.

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