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National Doctors Day is a Day to Thank Pennsylvania Physicians

March 30, 2018

Thank you to Pennsylvania’s nearly 48,000 physicians, many who are working to improve the health of patients and communities in hospitals and health systems across the state.

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HRSA Report on Health Equity Calls for Strong Partnerships and a Focus on Social Determinants of Health

March 29, 2018

 A report issued by the Health Resources and Services Administration presents a current picture of and progress made to address health equity issues affecting the country’s diverse, vulnerable, and socially disadvantaged populations.

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PHC4 Report Underscores the Need for Additional Resources to Address Opioid Epidemic

March 28, 2018

News Release:  The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) today released a research brief about the rise in neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) hospital stays in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania hospitals are working as key partners with state and local government and community organizations to prevent substance use disorder (which reduces the frequency of NAS), to educate the public about the dangers of opioid misuse, and to care for patients.

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As PA Hospitals Adopt Solutions to Address Opioid Crisis, Report Shows Impacts of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

March 28, 2018

The PHC4 brief says hospitalizations for newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome topped 1,900 during 2017. Pennsylvania hospitals are adopting initiatives to help these babies and their mothers. 

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Increased Powers for FDA to Fight Opioid Crisis May Be Coming

March 27, 2018

A U.S. Senate Committee Chairman has introduced two draft bills designed to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more authority to address the opioid crisis.

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Wolf Administration Holds First Warm Hand-off Regional Summit

March 23, 2018

Yesterday, the Wolf Administration held the first of six Warm Hand-off Regional Summits in Harrisburg. With Pennsylvania facing the fourth-highest opioid death rate in the country, these summits are intended to promote collaboration among state government, county governments, county and regional services, private insurers, HAP, behavioral health facilities, and the hospital and provider communities.

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Congress Passes Government Funding Bill; Provides New Resources for Public Health

March 23, 2018

Both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate passed a $1.3 trillion omnibus appropriations bill that funds the government through fiscal year 2018 and makes investments in key public health initiatives, including efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, respond to behavioral health challenges, advance the discovery of new medical innovations, and promote public health preparedness.

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Pennsylvania’s Acting Health Care Secretaries Face Committee for Confirmation

March 19, 2018

Today, Pennsylvania’s Health and Human Services Committee held the next step in the confirmation process to formally place the acting secretaries for Pennsylvania’s three health agencies.

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Pediatric Opioid-Related Hospitalizations Increasing

March 13, 2018

A new study about some of the youngest victims of the opioid crisis shows the rate of children hospitalized in the U.S. for opioid-related concerns is increasing. Between 2004 and 2015, the number of pediatric intensive care admissions for opioid ingestion or overdose doubled despite national efforts to curb opioid use among adults.

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House Committee Hears from Top Health and Human Services Officials about State Budget

March 06, 2018

Pennsylvania’s leaders for the state Department of Human Services and the Department of Health faced the House Appropriations Committee during an all-day budget hearing about Governor Wolf’s proposed 2018–2019 state budget. They addressed several issues of interest to the hospital and health system community.

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House Appropriations Committee Shifts Budget Hearing Focus to Opioid Crisis

March 01, 2018

The Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee today dedicated its budget hearings to discussing the opioid crisis with state public health agencies and the commonwealth’s top law enforcement officer.

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Wolf Administration Announces Efforts to Streamline Access to Medication-assisted Treatments

March 01, 2018

Governor Tom Wolf today held a press conference at Crozer-Chester Medical Center to announce his administration’s intention to streamline access to treatment for Pennsylvanians suffering from opioid use disorder.

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U.S. House and Senate Leaders, Trump Administration Continue Work to Address Opioid Crisis

February 28, 2018

In the first of a three-part series of legislative hearings about combating the opioid crisis, the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee examined several pieces of legislation relating to substance use disorder and behavioral health treatment. 

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As PA’s Overdose Deaths Rise, U.S. Senate Leaders Look to Technology to Address Opioid Crisis

February 27, 2018

As the health care community and federal, state, and local governments continue to work to find ways to curb the opioid crisis and help patients get on a path to recovery, the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee today held a hearing titled, “The Opioid Crisis:  The Role of Technology and Data in Preventing and Treating Addiction.” 

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Congress Reviews Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request for Health & Human Services

February 15, 2018

In a series of budget hearings before U.S. House and U.S. Senate committees, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar defended the newly proposed fiscal year (FY) 2019 HHS budget request.

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