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Support Builds for Federal Opioid Workforce Act

December 05, 2019

Support continues to build for a federal effort to train more doctors equipped to combat the opioid epidemic and help alleviate the doctor shortage, with the introduction of S. 2892, the Opioid Workforce Act in the U.S. Senate.

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HAP Hosts Listening Session on Population Health Planning at Meadville Medical Center

November 07, 2019

During a listening session held at Meadville Medical Center, HAP and six hospitals educated regional state legislators about population health and wellness initiatives.

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National Drug Take Back Day Helps Pennsylvanians Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse

October 25, 2019

Saturday, October 26, is National Drug Take Back Day, an event to remind patients about the importance of safely discarding expired or unused medications.

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Gov. Calls for End of Stigmatizing Opioid Use Disorder; PA Hospitals Focus on Increased Treatment, Reduced Deaths, and Compassionate Conversations

September 26, 2019

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.

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Innovative Rural Health Model, Legislation Advances

September 24, 2019

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.

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Achievement Award Spotlight: Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Hospitals

September 20, 2019

Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Hospitals awarded the 2019 HAP Achievement Award, Community Champions, for their project, “Opiate Reduction Efforts across the Continuum.”

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Wolf Administration Unveils New Prescription Guidelines during “Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now” Week

September 19, 2019

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.

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New Federal Dollars to Help States Address Opioid Crisis; Focus Aligns with HAP Opioid Learning Action Network Goals

September 05, 2019

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. 

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News Release: PA Hospital Opioid Learning and Action Collaborative Kicks off in Harrisburg

August 20, 2019

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.

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CDC Estimates Show Decline in Number of Drug Overdose Deaths in Pennsylvania

July 25, 2019

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).

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PA Hospital Rural Residency Program Receives Federal Recognition, Grant Funding

July 18, 2019

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.

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News Release: Bloomberg Philanthropies Selects Pennsylvania Hospitals for Cutting-edge Opioid Learning and Action Collaborative

July 09, 2019

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.

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HAP’s Achievement Award Spotlight: Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health

July 03, 2019

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.

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Support Builds for Strengthening Health Care Workforce to Respond to Opioid Epidemic

June 27, 2019

Federal legislation to strengthen the health care workforce serving on the front lines of the nation’s opioid epidemic earned the approval of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee in a legislative mark-up on Wednesday, and will now await consideration before the full House.

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Study Finds Pennsylvania among States with Highest Rate of Drug Overdose Deaths

June 14, 2019

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.

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