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PA Health System Honored with Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Health Improvement

February 12, 2019

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health has been named the 2018 Foster G. McGaw Prize Winner, recognizing the system’s work to address Lancaster County’s social determinants of health and wellness needs.

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PA Hospitals Encouraged to Submit Innovative Programs to 2019 HAP Achievement Awards

January 23, 2019

It’s no secret that Pennsylvania’s health care landscape is changing at an increasingly rapid pace and its hospitals and health systems are rising to that challenge through innovative programs to improve the quality of care, patient experience, and technology to meet the needs of the communities they serve. HAP members are encouraged to review the 2019 Achievement Awards Call for Entries and submit their innovative patient-centered initiatives that improve health care quality and efficiency and the health of their communities by March 1.

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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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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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Governor Wolf Sworn in to Second Term with New Lieutenant Governor Fetterman

January 15, 2019

Today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) was sworn in for his second term as the commonwealth’s top executive and John Fetterman (D) was installed as the state’s new Lieutenant Governor.

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Wolf Administration Officials Provide Updates on Efforts to Address the Opioid Crisis

January 07, 2019

Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary of Health, and representatives from state agencies outlined key accomplishments of Governor Wolf’s first term and outlined their priorities for his second term. These accomplishments include increasing the availability of naloxone through a standing order for the drug, increasing access to medication-assisted treatment through Medicaid expansion, implementing a warm hand-off protocol, just to name a few.

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Federal Task Force Draft Report on Pain Management Available for Public Comment

January 04, 2019

A federal task force charged with identifying, reviewing, and updating best practices surrounding pain management has released its long-awaited Draft Report on Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations.

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Holidays can be Difficult for Those Impacted by Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders; Help is Available

December 24, 2018

Help is available for individuals affected by mental health and substance use disorders throughout the holiday season. 

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New PHC4 Report Shows Substance Use Present in One of every 25 Maternal Hospital Stays

December 11, 2018

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) today released a research brief detailing trends related to the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania. The report found that one in 25 pregnancy-related hospitalizations documented maternal substance use, up from 1 in 69 in 2000–2001. Of those patients with substance use disorder, 49 percent involved opioids.

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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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Bloomberg Philanthropies Commits $10 Million to Fight Opioid Crisis in Pennsylvania

December 03, 2018

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a $50 million commitment to help combat the U.S. opioid epidemic. Pennsylvania is the first state slated to receive funding, in an amount of $10 million.

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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: UPMC Cole

November 09, 2018

UPMC Cole received HAP’s 2018 “Community Champions” Achievement Award for its successful creation of a regional health care collaborative with network partners focused on addressing the need for coordinated, patient-centered physical, behavioral health and drug and alcohol services for the at-risk population in our rural communities.

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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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Midterm Elections: Governor Wolf and Senator Casey Reelected, Dozens of New Lawmakers Head to Harrisburg, Washington, D.C.

November 07, 2018

In a much-anticipated midterm election that featured high voter turnout, Pennsylvanians yesterday elected Governor Tom Wolf (D) to another four-year term with new Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman (D), and reelected U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D).

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