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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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Yesterday, Governor Wolf announced increased regulatory oversight by Department of Human Services (DHS) to ensure appropriate utilization of medically assisted treatment (MAT) by Medicaid providers. 

PA Departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs Outline 2017–2018 Budget Needs; Make Case for Consolidation by jshellenberger@haponline.org

Pennsylvania’s Physician General, Dr. Rachel Levine, and the Acting Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), Jennifer Smith, joined Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Karen Murphy in providing testimony to the PA House Appropriations Committee yesterday afternoon. During the hearing, all three faced questions from members of the committee concerning the budget and other initiatives within the two departments.

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Members of the Pennsylvania House Labor and Industry Committee heard testimony from various stakeholders on House Bill 18, introduced by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh), aimed at reducing opioid abuse within the Workers’ Compensation Program.

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association have each issued reports that provide growing evidence of a growing opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania and across the nation.
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HAP—through its Hospital Improvement Innovation Network and in partnership with The Health Care Improvement Foundation and Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network—has launched a three-year effort to reduce hospital readmissions.

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During June, the Governor signed a $31.5 billion budget for the 2016–2017 fiscal year. As is customary, the Budget Secretary, Randy Albright, presented a mid-year budget briefing about the state’s fiscal status.

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Andy Carter, president and chief executive officer of HAP, serves on the 29-person health care leader task force that developed the report.The task force met with policymakers and hospital and community leaders during a 15-month period to identify essential health services, strategies to meet community needs, and barriers to those strategies.

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According to an analysis by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Philadelphia Field Division, in 2015 Pennsylvania reported 3,383 drug-related overdose deaths. This represents a 23 percent increase from the previous year. The number of overdose deaths for Pennsylvania is 2.8 times more than traffic fatalities in 2015 (1,200).

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf declared November 14–18 as Rural Health in Pennsylvania Week to draw attention to the wide range of issues impacting rural health care, including the critical role of Pennsylvania’s rural health care providers, including its 15 critical access hospitals. 

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May 4, 2017 - 8:30 a.m.-Noon

Opioid Workshop - Western PA


May 17, 2017 - 8:30 a.m.-Noon

Opioid Workshop - Eastern PA


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