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HAP Achievement Awards Winner Spotlight: Conemaugh Health System

February 16, 2018

Engaged employees and committed leaders are crucial to any organization. Dedication to each other and patients is crucial in hospitals and health systems. An award-winning program developed by Conemaugh Health System identifies and develops future leaders from within the organization through its Aspiring Leader Program.

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House Republicans Continue Push for Opioid Reduction in Workers' Compensation System

January 23, 2018

After an informational hearing by the House Labor and Industry Committee yesterday, legislation reforming how drugs are prescribed within Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation system, Senate Bill 936 (White, R-Indiana), was voted out of committee.

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PA Lawmakers Propose State Regulatory Relief Package

January 17, 2018

Earlier this week, a group of state House Republican lawmakers announced a five-bill package aimed at reducing regulatory restrictions placed on all industries operating in Pennsylvania. Lawmakers said they hope to spur economic growth and job creation through reforming and streamlining the regulatory process and reviewing outdated regulations.

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New Data Reveals that More Women than Men are Enrolling in U.S. Medical Schools

December 28, 2017

For the first time, the number of women enrolling in U.S. medical schools has exceeded the number of men. New data released by the Association of American Medical Colleges reveals that women made up 50.7 percent of the 21,338 new enrollees during 2017, compared with 49.8 percent during 2016.

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Bill Expands Newborn Protection Act to Include Emergency Service Providers as Safe Havens for Newborns

December 15, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Legislature approved a bill that would expand the state’s Newborn Protection Act of 2002 to include emergency services providers as “safe havens” for women to relinquish their unwanted or impossible-to-care-for newborns to caregivers. The bill now heads to the Governor.

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HAP Expresses Support for Extending Graduate Nurse Education Pilot

December 04, 2017

Andy Carter, HAP’s President and CEO, sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation endorsing the extension of the Medicare Graduate Nurse Education (GNE) Demonstration, an initiative that promotes clinical training of advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) through partnerships between hospitals, schools of nursing, and non-hospital, community-based training sites.

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Pennsylvania Hospitals Add Jobs for Eleven Straight Months

August 21, 2017

During July, Pennsylvania hospitals added 900 jobs to their workforce, capping off an 11-month hiring frenzy which resulted in 8,900 new hospital jobs since August 2016 and record high hospital employment in Pennsylvania. Preliminary, not seasonally adjusted, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry data show that direct hospital employment reached 278,200 in July 2017. Hospital employment in Pennsylvania has risen 5.7 percent (15,100 jobs added) since their recession low of 263,100 jobs in April 2010.

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Hospitals Continue Adding to the Pennsylvania Workforce

August 07, 2017

Unlike colleges and universities that laid off nearly 20 percent of their workforce during June, hospitals added 2,100 workers. Preliminary, not seasonally adjusted, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry data show that direct hospital employment reached 277,500 during June 2017, an increase of more than 3 percent during the last year.

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U.S. House Committee Reviews State Opioid Efforts and Ongoing Challenges

July 12, 2017

In a hearing today, Combating the Opioid Crisis: Battles in the States, Congressional leaders heard testimony from state officials offering insight on successful strategies to address the opioid epidemic and ongoing challenges in prevention and treatment.

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Pennsylvania Hospitals Add 400 Jobs in May

June 23, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry reports that Pennsylvania hospitals employed 275,400 workers during May 2017. This preliminary May jobs number represents a 400 job increase over the April 2017 hospital jobs and nearly a three percent (3%) increase over the May 2016 hospital jobs (267,700).

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State House Judiciary Committee Passes Bill to Protect Health Care Workers from Assault

June 13, 2017

Today, the State House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed House Bill 646. The HAP-supported legislation adds health care practitioners to a protected class in the event of an assault.

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Pennsylvania Hospital Jobs Surpass 275,000

May 26, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry reports that Pennsylvania hospitals employed 275,200 workers in April 2017. This preliminary April jobs number represents a 700 job increase over the March 2017 hospital jobs and a three percent (3%) increase over the April 2016 hospital jobs (267,200).

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DHS Creates New PASRR Website

May 19, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) has created a new website to assist hospitals in completing the Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) for patients being discharged to a Medicaid-certified nursing facility. The PASRR process is a federal requirement to assess the patient’s needs to ensure the most appropriate setting.

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PA Hospitals Add 1,400 Jobs during March

May 04, 2017

Hospital employment in Pennsylvania increased by 1,400 jobs from February 2017 to March 2017, for total direct hospital employment of 274,600. This is 7,300 more hospital jobs than one year ago, during March 2016, when the total number was 267,300. These jobs figures are not seasonally adjusted.

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Senate Advances HAP-Supported Nurse Practitioner Bill

April 18, 2017

Today, the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee voted HAP-supported Senate Bill 25 out of committee by a vote of 13 to three. Sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), the bill allows certified nurse practitioners (CNP) to practice to the full scope of their license without the need for physician supervision after they have worked under such supervision for three years and 3,600 hours.

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