|Gov. Calls for End of Stigmatizing Opioid Use Disorder; PA Hospitals Focus on Increased Treatment, Reduced Deaths, and Compassionate Conversations by admin|
Earlier this week, Governor Tom Wolf joined the Independence Blue Cross Foundation to call for an end to the stigmas associated with opioid use disorder.
|Innovative Rural Health Model, Legislation Advances by admin|
Yesterday, legislation aimed at improving the financial stability of rural hospitals cleared another legislative hurdle and was voted out of the House Health Committee. Senate Bill 314, sponsored by Senator Lisa Baker (R–Luzerne), would establish the Pennsylvania Rural Health Redesign Center (RHRC), which would serve as the governing body of the new Rural Health Model, which began January 1, 2019, and was formally announced during March.
|Achievement Award Spotlight: Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Hospitals by Rmoore@haponline.org|
Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Hospitals awarded the 2019 HAP Achievement Award, Community Champions, for their project, “Opiate Reduction Efforts across the Continuum.”
|Wolf Administration Unveils New Prescription Guidelines during “Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now” Week by Rmoore@haponline.org|
Yesterday, Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, MD, and Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Jen Smith announced new opioid prescription guidelines and provided an update about the state’s response to the opioid crisis.
|New Federal Dollars to Help States Address Opioid Crisis; Focus Aligns with HAP Opioid Learning Action Network Goals by firstname.lastname@example.org|
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced more than $1.8 billion in funding to states to assist with the opioid crisis.
|News Release: PA Hospital Opioid Learning and Action Collaborative Kicks off in Harrisburg by Rmoore@haponline.org|
Pennsylvania hospital leaders and substance use disorder recovery specialists today met in Harrisburg to formally kick off The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s Opioid Learning Action Network, a collaborative for and by Pennsylvania’s hospital community.
|CDC Estimates Show Decline in Number of Drug Overdose Deaths in Pennsylvania by admin|
According to provisional data posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of reported drug overdose deaths in Pennsylvania has declined by 18.8 percent over the last year (from 5,434 during December 2017 to 4,410 during December 2018).
|PA Hospital Rural Residency Program Receives Federal Recognition, Grant Funding by Rmoore@haponline.org|
The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Lehigh Valley Health Network participated in an event that announced a grant to fund a new rural residency program in the commonwealth.
|News Release: Bloomberg Philanthropies Selects Pennsylvania Hospitals for Cutting-edge Opioid Learning and Action Collaborative by Rmoore@haponline.org|
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.
|HAP’s Achievement Award Spotlight: Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health by admin|
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.