On September 23, 2020, the LAN held the first of its year two regional convening. During year two, the LAN will broaden its focus to advancing evidence-based substance use disorder care outside the hospital walls and aim to improve practice at other clinical entry points while sustaining emergency department-initiated momentum.
LAN content and programmatic touchpoints for year two will support hospitals and health systems in increasing warm-hand offs in primary care settings and increasing access to medication-assisted treatment in primary care settings. LAN also will work to identify policy-related barriers to care, quantify reimbursement gaps, financial short falls, and develop recommendations on meaningful funding structures and policy changes.
Information about the HAP Opioid LAN, a recording of the September 23 regional meeting, and a growing compendium of LAN resources and tools can be found on the LAN collaborative website.
Opioid LAN's Focus
Leveraging the learnings from HAP’s Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) and Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), HAP created the Opioid LAN to support member hospitals in making measurable improvements on the following goals:
- Decrease overdoses and subsequent deaths
- Increase the number of patients entering treatment
- Increase the number of patients starting medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
The Opioid LAN will focus on the following aims:
- Increasing MAT initiation in the emergency department and warm hand-offs to MAT in the community
- Increasing direct warm hand-offs to community providers for MAT or abstinence-based treatment
- Increasing evidence-based OUD treatment and warm hands-offs for pregnant women through coordination with the Pennsylvania Quality Collaborative
- Increasing the number of direct inpatient admissions for MAT initiation from the emergency department; and MAT initiation of OUD patients hospitalized, overall
- Increasing warm hand-offs in primary care settings
- Increasing access to MAT in primary care settings
Opioid LAN Infrastructure and Member Support
The Opioid LAN infrastructure in support of participating hospitals and health systems will include:
- Annual in-person meetings
- Regional gatherings with facilitated information sharing
- Webinars and other distance learning technologies
- Collaborative website, metrics, and performance tracking
- Office hours and virtual small group discussions with clinical/administrative champions and technical experts