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HAP and Hospitals Join Forces to Pass Bills that Protect Health Care Workers; You Can Help––Text Healthy Me to 52886

October 10, 2019

Two legislative plans that could be passed by the state legislature this fall would make Pennsylvania health care workers safer.

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PA Hospital Employees Share Personal Stories of Workplace Violence, Urge State Lawmakers to Help Improve Workplace Safety

September 30, 2019

At a listening session recently held at UPMC Altoona, staff from five Pennsylvania hospitals shared with lawmakers personal stories illustrating the urgent need for legislation to help improve workplace safety for health care workers. Pennsylvania hospitals are calling for passage of several measures currently under consideration in the state legislature.

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News Release: Legislative Leaders Hear from Hospital Staff about Ways to Prevent Workplace Violence

September 30, 2019

News Release:  Last week, state lawmakers learned firsthand the urgency of passing legislation to protect health care workers in Pennsylvania’s hospitals.

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Labor Department Issues Final Overtime Rules Effective January 1

September 24, 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) today announced a final rule making changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) regulations governing overtime payment eligibility and how employers classify their exempt and non-exempt employees.

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State Proposals Could Help Reduce Health Care Workplace Violence; Act Now

September 23, 2019

If you are one of Pennsylvania’s some 300,000 health care employees you likely know someone who has been physically or verbally abused by a patient. Unfortunately, whether it’s triggered by stress, pain, anger, fear, or the influence of drugs or alcohol, violence against health care workers is on the rise.

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HAP’s Achievement Award Spotlight: Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

August 21, 2019

With a goal of reducing the growing rate of assaults on hospital staff, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center leadership and front line staff tackled the issue on various fronts, including focused education, a campaign of employee awareness, and multiple interprofessional workgroups.

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New Survey Shows Burnout Still a Concern for Physicians

August 13, 2019

A recent survey found that nearly 70 percent of physicians have experienced symptoms of burnout, which is associated wtih negative clinical and organizational outcomes, as well as economic costs.

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CMS Builds on Success of Medicare Blue Button 2.0, Pilots Program to Give Clinicians Claims Data

August 01, 2019

A new federal pilot program will give clinicians direct access to claims data, a critical step to improving patient care.

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Governor Signs Bills to Streamline the Processing of Physician Assistant Written Agreement Approvals

July 02, 2019

Governor Tom Wolf signed two bills into law that clarify that a third-party delegate can assist in the process of physician assistant agreements under the Department of State’s Pennsylvania Licensing System.

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Study Finds Pennsylvania among States with Highest Rate of Drug Overdose Deaths

June 14, 2019

According to a recent Commonwealth Fund study, Pennsylvania has the third highest death rate from drug overdoses (behind Ohio and West Virginia) and mortality rates from drug overdoses were at least five times higher than rates for alcohol-related deaths and about three times higher than suicide rates.

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HAP-Supported Nurse Practitioner Bill Passes Senate

June 12, 2019

HAP-supported Senate Bill 25 was voted on today by the full Senate. 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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HAP Member Hospitals Recognized for Being Top Places to Work in Health Care

May 23, 2019

Several Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems have been recognized as  top places to work.

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Study on Emergency Departments and Behavioral Health Clears First Hurdle; PA Hospital Community Encouraged to Show Support

May 17, 2019

This week, the House Health Committee considered HAP-supported House Resolution 268 to study the impact of the Commonwealth’s mental and behavioral health treatment capacity. Members of Pennsylvania’s hospital community are encouraged to sign a petition urging lawmakers to support the resolution.

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Listening Session Underscores Need for Legislative Action to Protect Pennsylvania’s Health Care Workers

May 16, 2019

Local lawmakers recently had an opportunity to hear firsthand from hospital staff and leadership at Lankenau Medical Center, a part of Main Line Health, about ways they can improve workplace safety for health care staff throughout the commonwealth, including passage of Senate Bill 351 and House Bill 36.

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Joint News Release: Lankenau Medical Center Listening Session Underscores Need for Legislative Action to Protect Health Care Workers

May 16, 2019

Local lawmakers recently had an opportunity to hear firsthand from hospital staff and leadership at Lankenau Medical Center, a part of Main Line Health, about ways they can improve workplace safety for health care staff throughout the commonwealth.

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