June 23, 2021
Pennsylvania’s hospitals have not lost sight of their shared mission to address the opioid crisis amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instead, they are evolving to address two challenging public health crises.
The second day of HAP’s Opioid Learning Action Network (LAN) Capstone Conference focused on the strategies Pennsylvania’s hospitals have deployed to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) and the ways they have transformed care for patients during the pandemic.
During the past two years, HAP’s Opioid LAN has brought together the health care community to address the opioid epidemic, with a continued focus on pathways to evidence-based treatment and reducing overdose deaths.
The work happening in Pennsylvania serves as a national model of “collaborative innovation” and has accelerated the adoption of best practices across the state, said Dr. Kelly Henning, MD, from Bloomberg Philanthropies, which has provided funding for HAP’s Opioid LAN and related initiatives to address the opioid epidemic.
“It cannot be overstated how important emergency departments and other hospital settings are to engage overdose patients and to initiate treatment,” Dr. Henning said.
The second day of the conference featured breakout discussions on four important topics:
The three-day Capstone Conference concludes tomorrow with a look at the policy recommendations from HAP’s Opioid LAN, and sessions focusing on X-Waivers and the ways hospitals can sustain their addiction medicine and OUD programs.
For more information or questions about HAP’s Opioid LAN, contact Jennifer Jordan, HAP’s vice president, regulatory advocacy, or Daneen Schroder, HAP’s vice president, business development and member services.
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