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Legislation Providing Safe Locations for Substance Abuse Recovery Heads to Governor

December 14, 2017

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.

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Federal Report Calls for Expanded Oversight of Opioid Use by Medicare Part D Beneficiaries

November 07, 2017

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.

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Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis Releases Report, Recommendations

November 02, 2017

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.

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HHS Issues Patient Privacy Guidance for Crisis Situations

November 02, 2017

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.

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Report Finds Drop in Uncompensated Care, Outpatient Growth for PA’s Non-Acute and Specialty Hospitals

October 31, 2017

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

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Promotes Safe Disposal of Dangerous Medications

October 27, 2017

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.

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Opioid Crisis Declared Public Health Emergency; Congress Reviews Resources and Activities

October 26, 2017

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.

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Legislative Briefing Addresses the Challenges of Substance Use Disorder in Rural Pennsylvania 

October 25, 2017

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.

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

October 17, 2017

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. 

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GAO Report Highlights the Need for Federal Action to Address Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

October 06, 2017

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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U.S. Senate Stays Engaged in Federal Opioid Response

October 05, 2017

During the first in a series of hearings—The Federal Response to the Opioid Crisis—the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee heard from health care agency heads regarding actions to respond to the opioid crisis and implementation of recently enacted federal policy to address the epidemic.

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SAMHSA: 1 in 8 Children Living with Parent with Substance Abuse

September 08, 2017

About one in 8 children (8.7 million) aged 17 or younger lived in households with at least one parent who had a past-year substance use disorder (SUD), according to a new report from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Behavior Health Statistics. Most (86%) of these children lived with parents who suffered from alcohol use disorder.

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New Joint Commission Pain Management Guidelines Designed to Combat Opioid Crisis

September 06, 2017

In response to the opioid crisis, the Joint Commission—one of the nation’s largest health care accreditation organizations—has released new pain assessment and management standards, effective January 1. The commission accredits and certifies the majority of hospitals and health systems in Pennsylvania, where the opioid crisis has hit especially hard.

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HAP’s President Highlights PA Hospitals Commitment to Curbing Opioid Abuse

August 28, 2017

The opioid crisis has hit Pennsylvania especially hard. Last year, over 4,600 people lost their lives to opioid related overdoses, an increase of 37 percent from 2015. Andy Carter, HAP president and CEO, highlighted the Pennsylvania hospital community’s efforts to address this crisis in an opinion article on PennLive.

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South Central PA Opioid Awareness Coalition to host community event

August 23, 2017

News Release:  The South Central PA Opioid Awareness Coalition will host a community awareness and education event at 8 a.m. Friday, September 15, at The Central Hotel and Conference Center in Harrisburg. This event will focus on how the community of health care providers and pharmacists is working together to reduce deaths from opioids and heroin. This event is open to first responders, schools, health service providers, social service agencies, and employers.

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