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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.

 

Related News

Legislation Providing Safe Locations for Substance Abuse Recovery Heads to Governor by JCOLLINS@HAPONLINE.ORG

The Pennsylvania Senate took the final legislative step to approve legislation making it safer for recovering addicts undergoing treatment within the community or exiting inpatient treatment facilities. Senate Bill 446, sponsored by Senator Tom McGarrigle (R-Delaware) sets quality standards and a license process for recovery houses.

Federal Report Calls for Expanded Oversight of Opioid Use by Medicare Part D Beneficiaries by jkissinger@haponline.org

During 2016, more than 14 million Medicare Part D beneficiaries received opioid prescriptions. The Government Accountability Office has released a report recommending greater monitoring of opioid use among Medicare beneficiaries to reduce harm.

Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis Releases Report, Recommendations by JCOLLINS@HAPONLINE.ORG

Yesterday, the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis released its final report, including a set of recommendations for addressing the opioid crisis across a variety of federal, state, and local agencies.

HHS Issues Patient Privacy Guidance for Crisis Situations by JCOLLINS@HAPONLINE.ORG

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights released new guidance on when and how health care providers can share a patient’s health information with his or her family members, friends, and legal personal representatives when that patient may be in crisis and incapacitated, such as during an opioid overdose.

Report Finds Drop in Uncompensated Care, Outpatient Growth for PA’s Non-Acute and Specialty Hospitals by JCOLLINS@HAPONLINE.ORG

Today, the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) released its Annual Report on the Financial Health of Pennsylvania Non-General Acute Care Hospitals, finding that uncompensated care saw a decrease of 17 percent or $3.3 million in fiscal year 2016. Specialty hospitals saw the largest percent point decrease, followed by psychiatric and long-term acute care

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Promotes Safe Disposal of Dangerous Medications by Rmoore@haponline.org

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Opioid Crisis Declared Public Health Emergency; Congress Reviews Resources and Activities by Rmoore@haponline.org

The Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) signed a declaration today announcing the opioid crisis as a public health emergency. The Administration and Congress continue to consider which steps and resources are necessary to curb this tragic crisis, which claims, on average, the lives of 13 Pennsylvanians each day as a result of drug-related overdoses.

Legislative Briefing Addresses the Challenges of Substance Use Disorder in Rural Pennsylvania  by Rmoore@haponline.org

At the invitation of HAP, Jack Cahalane, PhD, MPH, Chief, Adult Services at UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, presented testimony during the Pennsylvania Rural Health Association’s annual legislative briefing, sharing insight about the effectiveness of using telepsychiatry to address the crippling impact of the opioid crisis in rural Pennsylvania.

Four PA Health Care Organizations Awarded $1M Grants for Medication-Assisted Addiction Treatment by admin

The Wolf Administration today awarded $1 million grants to assist four health care organizations in developing medication-assisted treatment programs for Pennsylvanians suffering from the disease of addiction. 

GAO Report Highlights the Need for Federal Action to Address Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome by cglessner@haponline.org

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), as directed by requirements included in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, examined Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in the United States and related federal government response. A new GAO report describes the hospital and non-hospital settings for treating infants with NAS and how Medicaid pays for services, describes recommended practices and challenges for addressing NAS, and examines the federal strategy for addressing NAS.

Related Blogs

Legislation Providing Safe Locations for Substance Abuse Recovery Heads to Governor by JCOLLINS@HAPONLINE.ORG

The Pennsylvania Senate took the final legislative step to approve legislation making it safer for recovering addicts undergoing treatment within the community or exiting inpatient treatment facilities. Senate Bill 446, sponsored by Senator Tom McGarrigle (R-Delaware) sets quality standards and a license process for recovery houses.

Federal Report Calls for Expanded Oversight of Opioid Use by Medicare Part D Beneficiaries by jkissinger@haponline.org

During 2016, more than 14 million Medicare Part D beneficiaries received opioid prescriptions. The Government Accountability Office has released a report recommending greater monitoring of opioid use among Medicare beneficiaries to reduce harm.

Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis Releases Report, Recommendations by JCOLLINS@HAPONLINE.ORG

Yesterday, the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis released its final report, including a set of recommendations for addressing the opioid crisis across a variety of federal, state, and local agencies.

HHS Issues Patient Privacy Guidance for Crisis Situations by JCOLLINS@HAPONLINE.ORG

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights released new guidance on when and how health care providers can share a patient’s health information with his or her family members, friends, and legal personal representatives when that patient may be in crisis and incapacitated, such as during an opioid overdose.

Report Finds Drop in Uncompensated Care, Outpatient Growth for PA’s Non-Acute and Specialty Hospitals by JCOLLINS@HAPONLINE.ORG

Today, the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) released its Annual Report on the Financial Health of Pennsylvania Non-General Acute Care Hospitals, finding that uncompensated care saw a decrease of 17 percent or $3.3 million in fiscal year 2016. Specialty hospitals saw the largest percent point decrease, followed by psychiatric and long-term acute care

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Promotes Safe Disposal of Dangerous Medications by Rmoore@haponline.org

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) urges residents of the commonwealth to take advantage of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, October 28, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Opioid Crisis Declared Public Health Emergency; Congress Reviews Resources and Activities by Rmoore@haponline.org

The Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) signed a declaration today announcing the opioid crisis as a public health emergency. The Administration and Congress continue to consider which steps and resources are necessary to curb this tragic crisis, which claims, on average, the lives of 13 Pennsylvanians each day as a result of drug-related overdoses.

Legislative Briefing Addresses the Challenges of Substance Use Disorder in Rural Pennsylvania  by Rmoore@haponline.org

At the invitation of HAP, Jack Cahalane, PhD, MPH, Chief, Adult Services at UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, presented testimony during the Pennsylvania Rural Health Association’s annual legislative briefing, sharing insight about the effectiveness of using telepsychiatry to address the crippling impact of the opioid crisis in rural Pennsylvania.

Four PA Health Care Organizations Awarded $1M Grants for Medication-Assisted Addiction Treatment by admin

The Wolf Administration today awarded $1 million grants to assist four health care organizations in developing medication-assisted treatment programs for Pennsylvanians suffering from the disease of addiction. 

GAO Report Highlights the Need for Federal Action to Address Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome by cglessner@haponline.org

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), as directed by requirements included in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, examined Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in the United States and related federal government response. A new GAO report describes the hospital and non-hospital settings for treating infants with NAS and how Medicaid pays for services, describes recommended practices and challenges for addressing NAS, and examines the federal strategy for addressing NAS.

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