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New PHC4 Report Shows Opioids Contributed to One in 37 PA Hospitalizations During 2017

October 16, 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 hospitalizations related to opioids—primary and co-occurring conditions—accounted for one in 37 hospitalizations during 2017.

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Federal Opioid Policy Package Clears Congress for Enactment into Law

October 04, 2018

After months of legislative attention and policy negotiation, Congress passed new legislation to address the opioid epidemic.

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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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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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Report Finds Improving Medication Compliance Reduces Cost, Improves Outcomes

September 25, 2018

The National Council for Behavioral Health’s Medical Director Institute has released a report estimating that half of people on any medication fail to take it as prescribed. Changing this pattern could lead to cost savings and better care management.

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HAP Issues Statement on House Professional Licensure Committee Approval of Telemedicine Bill

September 24, 2018

News Release: Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement after the Pennsylvania House Professional Licensure Committee today voted unanimously to approve Senate Bill 780, which would define telemedicine, provide consumer protections for it, and expand insurance coverage for telemedicine services.

 

 

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Caring for Mothers Struggling with Opioid Use Disorder—New SAMHSA Fact Sheets

September 21, 2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) this week announced the release of four fact sheets emphasizing the importance of continuing an expectant mother's treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) throughout pregnancy. 

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Seniors' Opioid-related Hospital Stays, ED Visits Rise Dramatically

September 20, 2018

According to a new report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), opioid misuse among older adults is a growing problem. Opioid-related hospital stays and emergency department (ED) visits for patients 65 and older have increased sharply. In contrast, seniors’ non-opioid related hospitalizations have declined.

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Opioid Efforts Advance in Washington: U.S. Senate Passes Comprehensive Policy Package and Opioid Investments

September 18, 2018

The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan policy package aimed at stemming the opioid epidemic, and separately, a funding bill that includes nearly $4 billion in related resources. Policies included in the package are intended to improve access to treatment, bolster the behavioral and mental health workforce, and take tangible actions to prevent opioid misuse.

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House Committee Hearing Addresses Value of Telemedicine in PA; Need for Coverage Consistency

September 12, 2018

News Release:  Members of Pennsylvania’s hospital community were in Harrisburg today to appear before a key state House of Representatives panel to discuss the value of telemedicine in patient care.

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CMS Announces New Model to Address Impact of the Opioid Crisis for Children

August 29, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a new Innovation Center state payment and local service delivery model, Integrated Care for Kids (InCK), to combat the nation’s opioid crisis.

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First Multistate Analysis of Opioid Use Disorder among Women Delivering Babies is Sobering

August 09, 2018

Nationwide, the rate of opioid use disorder among women delivering babies more than quadrupled during a 15-year period ending during 2014.

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PA Hospital Perspective, Economic Impact Shared During Federal Opioid Policy Roundtable

August 03, 2018

Federal and state policymakers received input from business leaders, local officials and hospital and health care providers during a roundtable policy discussion this week in Somerset exploring the impact of the opioid crisis on economic development in Appalachia counties.

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Surgeon General Announces Partnership with Hospitals to Combat Opioid Abuse

July 30, 2018

The U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, M.D., announced that this fall his office will partner with the American Hospital Association to further combat the opioid epidemic.

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U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Hearing Provides an Update on 21st Century Cures Act Implementation

July 20, 2018

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing to provide a status update about the mental health provisions included in the 21st Century Cures Act. During the hearing, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the agency at the helm of implementing the Cures Act’s mental health provision, reported about the agency’s progress.

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