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2019 HAP Opioid Learning Action Network – Kick-off Conference

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Dates: August 20, 2019

Location: Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel

Registration Deadline: August 13, 2019

HAP’s Opioid Learning Action Network (LAN) supports Pennsylvania’s hospitals in working collectively to identify, create, and disseminate promising practices to reduce overdose deaths. Join colleagues from across the state to kick-off the collaborative work and learn about emerging strategies from a variety of providers and stakeholders.
All Pennsylvania hospitals are invited to attend at no cost—the program is fully funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and administered through Vital Strategies

Pricing Details: No charge

Learning Objectives

At the close of this session, you will be able to:

  • Describe the impact of the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania
  • Identify efforts and initiatives being implemented to combat the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania
  • Describe components required to build a collaborative response to a community problem
  • Evaluate your organization’s level of engagement/readiness to implement improvement initiatives
  • Identify quality metrics for HAP Opioid LAN
  • Describe best practices to establish clinical pathways and approaches to make them work
  • Determine the team members needed to implement pathways at your organization
  • Describe next steps for initiating the project work at your hospital or health system


  9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.     Conference Registration

10:00 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.     Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Andy Carter, President and CEO, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

10:05 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.     LAN Overview – Why are we here?

  • Jennifer Jordan, Vice President, Regulatory Advocacy, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

10:25 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.     Landscape of Opioid Initiatives in Pennsylvania - Survey Highlights

  • Sari Siegel, Vice President, Health Care Research, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

10:35 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.     Early Implementation Success Stories in Implementing Change

  • Claudette Fonshell, RN, MSN, Director, Clinical Improvement, The Health Care Improvement Foundation (moderator)
  • Julie Dees, MA, LPC, Director of Behavioral Health, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Jeanmarie Perrone, MD, Professor, Emergency Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, Director, Division of Medical Toxicology, Perelman School of Medicine

11:20 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.     Learning Café Breakout Session #1 (choose one session)

1) Using Technology Enabled Multidisciplinary Strategies

  • Salim Saiyed, MD, VP, System Chief Medical Information Officer, UPMC Pinnacle

2) Transcending Bricks and Mortar to Treat Patients with Opioid Use Disorder

  • Kevin A. McNeill, MD, Associate Medical Director with Valley Preferred; Co-lead, Lehigh Valley Health Network LVHN Opioid Stewardship and Linkage to Treatment Committee

3) X-waiver 101—Myth busting and Strategies for Success

  • Jean Bennett, PhD, Regional Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Region 3

12:00 p.m. – 12:20 p.m.     Boxed Lunch

12:20 p.m. –   1:00 p.m.     Keynote Session—Collaborating Across the Continuum of Care

  • Paul Bacharach, President and CEO, Gateway Rehabilitation Center

  1:10 p.m. –   2:00 p.m.     Learning Café Breakout Session #2 (choose one session)

1) Emergency Medicine Leadership—Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians

  • Eleanor Dunham, MD, MBA, FACEP, Medical Director, Emergency Department, Penn State Hershey Medical Center

2) Peer Recovery Specialists—Tri-county Model for Collaboration

  • Mike S. Krafick, Certified Recovery Specialist Supervisor, Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission

3) Funding Opportunities

  • Jennifer Smith, Secretary, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs

  2:00 p.m. –   2:45 p.m.     Early Action Planning—What will you do when you get back to your hospital?

  • Facilitators: Claudette Fonshell, RN, BSN, Director, Clinical Improvement, The Health Care Improvement Foundation and Liz Owens, MS, Clinical Project Manager, The Health Care Improvement Foundation

  2:45 p.m. –   3:15 p.m.     Developing our Quality Framework—Polling exercise to evaluate metrics

  • Facilitator:  Robert G. Shipp III, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President, Quality and Population Health, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

  3:15 p.m.                           Wrap up and Next Steps

Registration Information

Although this program is free of charge, you must register to attend.

This will be a green event. In order to minimize the environmental cost of publishing, a link to presentations will be sent to all registrants prior to the program.

A boxed lunch will be offered.

Registration deadline is August 13.

Overnight Accommodations

A limited block of rooms has been reserved for the evening of August 19 at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel, 4650 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA. In order to guarantee yourself a room at the hotel, you must make reservations by no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30. After this time, reservations will be accepted on a space available, rate available basis, and you may not be guaranteed the group room rate of $138 per room, per night (single or double occupancy), plus fees and taxes. Please call the hotel directly at 717-564-5511 for overnight accommodations and specify that you are attending a HAP event.

Who Should Attend

HAP LAN key contact and team including emergency department champions, clinical leads, process improvement support team, and communications.


For registration information, or if you need special accommodations, please contact HAP Education Services at (717) 561-5270.

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