|Study Finds Pennsylvania among States with Highest Rate of Drug Overdose Deaths by admin|
According to a recent Commonwealth Fund study, Pennsylvania has the third highest death rate from drug overdoses (behind Ohio and West Virginia) and mortality rates from drug overdoses were at least five times higher than rates for alcohol-related deaths and about three times higher than suicide rates.
|Latest PHC4 Report Suggests Stabilization of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Rates in PA by Rmoore@haponline.org|
According to a new report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) could be plateauing in Pennsylvania, a sign that efforts to curb the opioid crisis may be helping.
|Pennsylvania House Adopts Resolution Authorizing Study of State’s Behavioral Health Needs by Rmoore@haponline.org|
This week, the state House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution to help lawmakers better understand the behavioral health needs of Pennsylvania’s patients, beginning with the impact of behavioral health holds in emergency departments.
|HAP Holds Opioid Learning Action Network Webinar by admin|
HAP presented an informational overview of its newest care improvement initiative, the Opioid Learning Action Network (LAN). This initiative will support Pennsylvania hospitals in their efforts to address opioid use disorder (OUD) and reduce drug-related overdose deaths.
|HAP Achievement Award Winners Honored during HAP Leadership Summit by firstname.lastname@example.org|
The 2019 HAP Achievement Award winners were honored during HAP's Leadership Summit.
|Study on Emergency Departments and Behavioral Health Clears First Hurdle; PA Hospital Community Encouraged to Show Support by admin|
This week, the House Health Committee considered HAP-supported House Resolution 268 to study the impact of the Commonwealth’s mental and behavioral health treatment capacity. Members of Pennsylvania’s hospital community are encouraged to sign a petition urging lawmakers to support the resolution.
|National Hospital Week Celebrates Pennsylvania Hospitals by Rmoore@haponline.org|
Lawmakers in Harrisburg have unanimously adopted companion resolutions recognizing National Hospital Week, which will take place May 12–18, 2019.
|Legislation Reintroduced to Strengthen the Workforce to Respond to the Opioid Epidemic by JCOLLINS@HAPONLINE.ORG|
Building on sustained efforts at the federal level to address the opioid epidemic over the last two Congressional sessions, federal lawmakers reinitiated a bipartisan effort to strengthen the health care workforce’s ability to respond to the opioid crisis by incentivizing the training of more addiction specialists.
|News Release: HAP Announces 2019 Achievement Award Winners by Rmoore@haponline.org|
The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) announces its 2019 Achievement Award recipients.
|Warm Hand-off Study Resolution Clears First Hurdle by JCOLLINS@HAPONLINE.ORG|
Today, the House Human Services Committee considered House Resolution 216. Sponsored by freshman lawmaker Todd Polinchock (R-Bucks), the resolution establishes a task force within the House of Representatives on “overdose recovery” and directs the Joint State Government Committee to establish an advisory committee aimed at studying the warm hand-off treatment for individuals with substance abuse disorder.