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In response, HAP is working with member hospitals, health systems and other key stakeholders to adopt meaningful policy changes to improve the health care community’s response to the opioid epidemic.

HAP’s key priorities include:

  • Preventing new cases of opioid addiction by promoting safe prescribing, and implementing the state’s prescription drug monitoring program
  • Treating people who are already addicted by expanding access to treatment and recovery
  • Increasing access to life-saving overdose medications
  • Focusing care for moms and infants impacted by opioid abuse
  • Reducing the supply of opioids in our communities

HAP believes that policymakers must allow for flexibility in addressing this public health crisis. A one-size-fits-all approach does not address the complexity of opioid abuse, but rather the implementation of community specific best practices.

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PA House Approves Two Health Care-Related Bills by admin

Today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives considered two pieces of legislation addressing the safety of health care practitioners and a measure to help curb the opioid crisis.

Senate Health and Human Services Committee Meets on Full Agenda by jshellenberger@haponline.org

Chair Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne), convened the Senate Health and Human Services committee to consider a full agenda, including opioid-related legislation.

Comprehensive PA Web Resource to Fight Overdose Epidemic Has New Features and Partners—including HAP and More than 30 Counties by admin

University of Pittsburgh’s OverdoseFreePA.org is a one-stop-shop for information and resources to help counties and others reduce overdose deaths. The website has been relaunched with a new, more user-friendly design, new features, and new partnerships.

Electronic Prescribing for Opioids Passes House Committee by admin

As the Pennsylvania legislature looks to provide tools for communities and families to combat the opioid epidemic, the House Health Committee unanimously voted House Bill 353 out of committee.  Sponsored by Representative Tedd Nesbit (R-Mercer), this legislation requires the use of electronic prescribing for a Schedule II controlled substance.  

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Starting today, registered users of the Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PA PDMP) can search for information regarding opioid prescriptions filled by their patients in neighboring states. 

NEWS RELEASE: Health care providers, organizations team up to combat opioid crisis by Rmoore@haponline.org
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News Release:  The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) today made public its financial analysis report for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The PHC4 report highlights the complexities of Pennsylvania’s health care landscape. 

PA Awarded $26 Million in Federal Funding to Help Combat Opioid Abuse Crisis by jshellenberger@haponline.org

US Department of Health and Human Services announced the award of $485 million in grants to help all 50 states and four territories combat opioid addiction. The funding, the first of two rounds provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act, will be provided through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

U.S. Senators Propose Limitations on Opioid Prescriptions; HAP Hosting Opioid Workshops by jshellenberger@haponline.org

In an ongoing effort by Congress to fight drug addiction and abuse, U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced a bill to impose strict limits on certain opioid prescriptions. The bill sponsors’ home states of New York and Arizona enacted similar legislation.

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Reading Hospital hosted the Pennsylvania Senate's second hearing about the consolidation of the departments of Human Services, Health, Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Aging, this time gathering testimony from various stakeholders.

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