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On average, 13 Pennsylvanians die each day from drug-related overdose deaths. In response, HAP is working with member hospitals, health systems and other key stakeholders to adopt meaningful policy changes to improve the health care community’s response to the opioid epidemic.

HAP’s key priorities include:

  • Preventing new cases of opioid addiction by promoting safe prescribing, and implementing the state’s prescription drug monitoring program
  • Treating people who are already addicted by expanding access to treatment and recovery
  • Increasing access to life-saving overdose medications
  • Focusing care for moms and infants impacted by opioid abuse
  • Reducing the supply of opioids in our communities

HAP believes that policymakers must allow for flexibility in addressing this public health crisis. A one-size-fits-all approach does not address the complexity of opioid abuse, but rather the implementation of community specific best practices.

 

HAP has produced an interactive state map to help compare drug-related overdose death rates at the local, state, and national level.

 

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Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health has been named the 2018 Foster G. McGaw Prize Winner, recognizing the system’s work to address Lancaster County’s social determinants of health and wellness needs.

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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.

Pennsylvania Department of Health Announces New Substance Use Disorder Loan Repayment Program by JCOLLINS@HAPONLINE.ORG

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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Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary of Health, and representatives from state agencies outlined key accomplishments of Governor Wolf’s first term and outlined their priorities for his second term. These accomplishments include increasing the availability of naloxone through a standing order for the drug, increasing access to medication-assisted treatment through Medicaid expansion, implementing a warm hand-off protocol, just to name a few.

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