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News Release: Bloomberg Philanthropies Selects Pennsylvania Hospitals for Cutting-edge Opioid Learning and Action Collaborative

July 09, 2019

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) is honored to announce the formation of HAP’s Opioid Learning Action Network (LAN). The LAN is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, which announced last year that it would award $50 million in grants across several states to combat opioid addition. Pennsylvania was selected as the first state to participate in the initiative.

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HAP’s Achievement Award Spotlight: Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health

July 03, 2019

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health was awarded HAP’s Community Champions 2019 Achievement Award for Aligning Efforts to Fight the Opioid Crisis—a multi-stakeholder, collaborative initiative to reduce the number of deaths from heroin and opioid overdoses in Lancaster County.

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Support Builds for Strengthening Health Care Workforce to Respond to Opioid Epidemic

June 27, 2019

Federal legislation to strengthen the health care workforce serving on the front lines of the nation’s opioid epidemic earned the approval of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee in a legislative mark-up on Wednesday, and will now await consideration before the full House.

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Study Finds Pennsylvania among States with Highest Rate of Drug Overdose Deaths

June 14, 2019

According to a recent Commonwealth Fund study, Pennsylvania has the third highest death rate from drug overdoses (behind Ohio and West Virginia) and mortality rates from drug overdoses were at least five times higher than rates for alcohol-related deaths and about three times higher than suicide rates.

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Latest PHC4 Report Suggests Stabilization of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Rates in PA

June 06, 2019

According to a new report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) could be plateauing in Pennsylvania, a sign that efforts to curb the opioid crisis may be helping.

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Pennsylvania House Adopts Resolution Authorizing Study of State’s Behavioral Health Needs

June 04, 2019

This week, the state House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution to help lawmakers better understand the behavioral health needs of Pennsylvania’s patients, beginning with the impact of behavioral health holds in emergency departments. 

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HAP Holds Opioid Learning Action Network Webinar

May 29, 2019

HAP presented an informational overview of its newest care improvement initiative, the Opioid Learning Action Network (LAN). This initiative will support Pennsylvania hospitals in their efforts to address opioid use disorder (OUD) and reduce drug-related overdose deaths.

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HAP Achievement Award Winners Honored during HAP Leadership Summit

May 24, 2019

The 2019 HAP Achievement Award winners were honored during HAP's Leadership Summit.  

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Study on Emergency Departments and Behavioral Health Clears First Hurdle; PA Hospital Community Encouraged to Show Support

May 17, 2019

This week, the House Health Committee considered HAP-supported House Resolution 268 to study the impact of the Commonwealth’s mental and behavioral health treatment capacity. Members of Pennsylvania’s hospital community are encouraged to sign a petition urging lawmakers to support the resolution.

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National Hospital Week Celebrates Pennsylvania Hospitals

May 08, 2019

Lawmakers in Harrisburg have unanimously adopted companion resolutions recognizing National Hospital Week, which will take place May 12–18, 2019.

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Legislation Reintroduced to Strengthen the Workforce to Respond to the Opioid Epidemic

May 03, 2019

Building on sustained efforts at the federal level to address the opioid epidemic over the last two Congressional sessions, federal lawmakers reinitiated a bipartisan effort to strengthen the health care workforce’s ability to respond to the opioid crisis by incentivizing the training of more addiction specialists.

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News Release: HAP Announces 2019 Achievement Award Winners

April 24, 2019

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) announces its 2019 Achievement Award recipients.

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Warm Hand-off Study Resolution Clears First Hurdle

April 16, 2019

Today, the House Human Services Committee considered House Resolution 216. Sponsored by freshman lawmaker Todd Polinchock (R-Bucks), the resolution establishes a task force within the House of Representatives on “overdose recovery” and directs the Joint State Government Committee to establish an advisory committee aimed at studying the warm hand-off treatment for individuals with substance abuse disorder.

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House Committee Passes Legislation Creating Opioid Task Force Focused on Children

April 09, 2019

Recognizing that the opioid crisis remains a major concern in the commonwealth, state Representative Clint Owlett (R–Tioga) has introduced legislation to establish the Opioid Abuse Child Impact Task Force.

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Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative Set for April Launch; Hospitals Join Forces to Improve Mom and Baby Outcomes

April 08, 2019

The Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative will launch during April, with a focus on reducing maternal mortality and improving care for pregnant and postpartum women and newborns affected by opioids. Hospitals are encouraged to join the PA PQC by April 17 and to register for the first Learning Collaborative session.

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