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Pennsylvania Department of Health Announces New Substance Use Disorder Loan Repayment Program

January 22, 2019

Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Substance Use Disorder Loan Repayment Program offers educational loan repayment to practitioners who provide behavioral health care and treatment for substance use disorder and opioid addiction in designated Health Professional Shortage Areas and designated high substance use counties. The program aims to increase access to behavioral health care services associated with opioid use in underserved and high-use communities and improve recruitment and retention of health practitioners in underserved and opioid high-use communities.

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American Hospital Association Names Human Trafficking a Key Focus for 2019 Anti-violence Initiative

January 18, 2019

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals Against Violence Initiative has named human trafficking as a main focus area for 2019

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New CDC Study Finds Guidelines Help to Decrease Opioid Prescriptions, but Geographic Disparities Remain

January 17, 2019

This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new study about opioid prescribing trends. The study found that physicians have reduced the overall frequency with which they are prescribing opioids following the CDC’s release of its Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The rates of reductions, however, vary between urban and rural areas

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HAP Statement: Proposed Change to Medical Liability Procedure Threatens Access to Care

January 14, 2019

Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement in response to the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court Civil Procedure Rules Committee proposal to remove venue limits for medical liability cases.

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Employee Education Remains Critical to Avoid Ransomware Attacks in Health Care Organizations

December 28, 2018

More than a year after the May 2017 WannaCry cyberattack that severely impacted the health care industry, WannaCry still tops the list of major threats to health care organizations. Employee education can be a critical factor in avoiding a cyberattack.

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Governor’s “Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week” Includes Distribution of Free Naloxone

December 10, 2018

Governor Tom Wolf kicked off “Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week,” a statewide initiative to distribute naloxone and get help for residents suffering from opioid-use disorder.

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HHS Secretary Plans to Increase Role in Addressing Social Determinants of Health

November 16, 2018

HHS Secretary Alex Azar outlined how HHS will take a leadership role in addressing social determinants of health.

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Award-winning Tech Expert Highlights Value of Telemedicine

November 08, 2018

Across the nation, telemedicine (also known as telehealth, connected care, and virtual care) is helping patients gain access to physicians through connected devices, helping to address provider and appointment shortages, and provide convenient care at a lower cost. The platform does not represent a new type of care, but rather a different delivery method that is being embraced by highly regarded providers, businesses, insurers, and health care innovators.

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New Guide Lists Federal Resources for Addressing Substance Use Disorder in Rural Communities

November 08, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announced a new resource document that lists federal funding and partnership opportunities that can be used to help combat the opioid epidemic in rural communities.

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News Release: SEPA Hospitals, Health Systems Honored at HAP’s Southeast Connect

November 05, 2018

News Release:  Five southeastern Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems were recognized Friday for their work to provide exceptional care to the region’s patients and families.

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PA Telemedicine Law Fails to Advance During Last Session Day

October 18, 2018

Despite earning unanimous approval from the full state Senate and the state House Professional Licensure Committee—as well as support from health care advocates across the commonwealth—Senate Bill 780, sponsored by Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), was not able to clear its final legislative hurdle today, the end of the 2017–2018 legislative session.

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80,000 Died During Last Year’s Flu Season, Early Vaccination Encouraged

October 01, 2018

Last week, Jerome Adams, MD, the U.S. Surgeon General, announced that an estimated 80,000 people—including 180 children—died during the 2017–2018 flu season.

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PA Receives $55.9 Million in Federal Funds to Continue Fight Opioid Epidemic

September 28, 2018

Last week, Pennsylvania secured $55.9 million federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant implementation the state’s response to the opioid epidemic. This funding complements two $26.5 million grants that have been received during the past two years from SAMHSA as part of the 21st Century CURES Act. With the new SAMHSA grant, Pennsylvania has received a total of $108 million in federal funding to fight the opioid epidemic.

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PA Senate Declares September 2018 as Sepsis Awareness Month

September 28, 2018

The Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives both adopted a resolution in their respective chambers recognizing September 2018 as “Sepsis Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.

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Pennsylvania’s Telemedicine Bill Moves to House for Consideration

September 27, 2018

Earlier this week, the House Professional Licensure Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 780 (Vogel, R-Beaver), telemedicine legislation. The bill now moves to the House for consideration. Please email your lawmaker today and ask that they support Senate Bill 780.

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