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Unintentional Overdose Deaths from Synthetic Opioids Continue to Increase

July 19, 2018

As efforts across the country to address the deadly opioid epidemic continue, a recently issued health alert from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns of a tragic increase in unintentional deaths associated with illegally manufactured synthetic opioids, often many times stronger—and more deadly—than prescription fentanyl.

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Pennsylvania Approved for Additional Federal Funding for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Facilities Services

July 02, 2018

Pennsylvania has received approval to continue to receive federal funds to provide substance use disorder (SUD) treatments, according to an announcement today by the Wolf Administration.

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Governor Wolf Renews Opioid Disaster Declaration, Signs New Law to Aid in Crisis

June 29, 2018

Governor Wolf has renewed Pennsylvania’s 90-day opioid disaster declaration for a second time. As a result of the renewal, initiatives begun during the past 180 days in order to address the crisis can continue without interruption.

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U.S. House Builds Consensus to Advance Policy Addressing Opioid Epidemic

June 21, 2018

For a second straight week, legislative activity on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives centered on advancing policy to tackle the opioid crisis that is gripping communities across the nation, particularly in Pennsylvania.

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State Senate Approves Health Emergency Legislation

June 20, 2018

The state Senate unanimously approved Senator Jay Costa's (D-Allegheny) legislation to formally allow the Pennsylvania Department of Health to declare a public health emergency.

 

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Opioid Legislation Remains Top Focus in Washington; Legislation Advancing

June 14, 2018

Action this week in both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate moves the legislative process forward in advancing a package of opioid policies that seek to address multi-faceted elements of the opioid crisis by expanding access to treatment and recovery, promoting prevention strategies, and enhancing law enforcement responses.

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Report Details Opioid Overdose Hospitalization Trends, HAP Continues Work to Address Opioid Crisis

June 13, 2018

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) today released a report detailing hospitalization trends related to the opioid overdoses. While the research shows that Pennsylvania is making progress in addressing the opioid crisis, it also highlights the heartbreaking reality that the opioid use disorder touches every part of the state, and all demographic and socioeconomic groups.

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News Release: PA Senate Approves Telemedicine Legislation

June 13, 2018

News Release:  The Pennsylvania Senate today took a major step in helping expand access to telemedicine across the commonwealth.

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1 in 5 Deaths Among Young Adults Linked to Opioids

June 04, 2018

New data published last week in JAMA Network Open details how the opioid crisis has affected certain age groups, and identifies which groups experienced the highest burden of opioid-related deaths during a 15-year period from January 1, 2001, to December 31, 2016.

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More Young People are Dying, Greater Prevention and Intervention Efforts Needed

June 01, 2018

The death rate for people aged 10 to 19 jumped 12 percent between 2013 and 2016. These recent increases in deaths are not due to illness, but a rise in injury-related fatalities such as traffic accidents, drug overdoses, suicides, and homicides.

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Field Hearing in Bucks County Focuses on Opioid Overutlization in Medicare and Medicaid

May 30, 2018

A field hearing convened by U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, in his capacity as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, provided a forum to explore trends in the utilization of opioids, and federal efforts to reduce opioid overutilization and misuse within the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

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HAP’s Leadership Summit Honors Hospital Grassroots Champion, Achievement Award Winners

May 22, 2018

As part of its 2018 Leadership Summit, HAP is proud to honor individuals and programs that are on the cutting edge of health care innovation. Honorees represent the best and brightest of care delivery, advocacy, and technological advances, and they are essential to fostering a robust hospital community in the commonwealth.

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Workshop Highlights Opioid Best Practices, Features Remarks from PA Secretary of Health

May 21, 2018

Hospital and health system clinical leaders, as well as members of the health care community, met today in Harrisburg to participate in an opioid workshop and discuss best practices and new ideas to address the crisis in Pennsylvania.

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U.S. House Committees Advance Additional Opioid Bills

May 18, 2018

The U.S. House Ways & Means and Energy & Commerce Committees advanced a slate of bills with the goal of making progress in tackling the opioid crisis and protecting communities by bolstering enforcement efforts, strengthening prevention and public health efforts, and addressing coverage and payment issues in Medicare and Medicaid.

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U.S. House Committee Approves Package to Respond to Opioid Crisis

May 09, 2018

Building on areas of agreement, the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee advanced 25 bills intended to help respond to the opioid epidemic.

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