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Initiatives

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.

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PA Departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs Outline 2017–2018 Budget Needs; Make Case for Consolidation by jshellenberger@haponline.org

Pennsylvania’s Physician General, Dr. Rachel Levine, and the Acting Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), Jennifer Smith, joined Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Karen Murphy in providing testimony to the PA House Appropriations Committee yesterday afternoon. During the hearing, all three faced questions from members of the committee concerning the budget and other initiatives within the two departments.

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Evidence of Growing Opioid Epidemic Continues by admin
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association have each issued reports that provide growing evidence of a growing opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania and across the nation.

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NEWS RELEASE: Health care providers, organizations team up to combat opioid crisis by Rmoore@haponline.org
HAP Says Key Hospital Report Underscores Need for Access to Affordable Health Care in Pennsylvania by Rmoore@haponline.org

News Release:  The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) today made public its financial analysis report for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The PHC4 report highlights the complexities of Pennsylvania’s health care landscape. 

PA Awarded $26 Million in Federal Funding to Help Combat Opioid Abuse Crisis by jshellenberger@haponline.org

US Department of Health and Human Services announced the award of $485 million in grants to help all 50 states and four territories combat opioid addiction. The funding, the first of two rounds provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act, will be provided through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

U.S. Senators Propose Limitations on Opioid Prescriptions; HAP Hosting Opioid Workshops by jshellenberger@haponline.org

In an ongoing effort by Congress to fight drug addiction and abuse, U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced a bill to impose strict limits on certain opioid prescriptions. The bill sponsors’ home states of New York and Arizona enacted similar legislation.

Senate Hears from Stakeholders About Consolidation of State Agencies by admin

Reading Hospital hosted the Pennsylvania Senate's second hearing about the consolidation of the departments of Human Services, Health, Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Aging, this time gathering testimony from various stakeholders.

House Appropriations Subcommittee Evaluates Response to Opioid Crisis; HAP to Hold Regional Workshops on the Issue by admin

The U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies recently held a hearing to evaluate the federal response to the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic and learn how to coordinate federal funding to support effective efforts to help impacted families.

Pennsylvania Tightens Medication Rules to Help Combat Opioid Crisis by admin

Yesterday, Governor Wolf announced increased regulatory oversight by Department of Human Services (DHS) to ensure appropriate utilization of medically assisted treatment (MAT) by Medicaid providers. 

PA Departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs Outline 2017–2018 Budget Needs; Make Case for Consolidation by jshellenberger@haponline.org

Pennsylvania’s Physician General, Dr. Rachel Levine, and the Acting Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), Jennifer Smith, joined Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Karen Murphy in providing testimony to the PA House Appropriations Committee yesterday afternoon. During the hearing, all three faced questions from members of the committee concerning the budget and other initiatives within the two departments.

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Members of the Pennsylvania House Labor and Industry Committee heard testimony from various stakeholders on House Bill 18, introduced by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh), aimed at reducing opioid abuse within the Workers’ Compensation Program.

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association have each issued reports that provide growing evidence of a growing opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania and across the nation.

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