HAP's Opioid Learning Action Network

The HAP Opioid Learning Action Network (LAN) supports Pennsylvania’s hospitals in working collectively to identify, create, and disseminate promising practices to measurably increase the number of patients entering evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) and reduce overdose deaths.

The existing approach to the opioid epidemic is often fragmented and diffuse. While individual hospitals and health systems are making meaningful progress through different clinical pathways and by closing local access gaps, these efforts could be better coordinated, measured, and executed together.

With funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, administrated through Vital Strategies, HAP is offering members a free, no-cost program to support and build on your great work to go further, faster, together.

HAP Opioid Learning Action Network media briefing


The Opioid LAN kicked off during August 2019. An introductory webinar was held May 29, 2019; a replay is available.

Opioid LAN's Focus

Leveraging the learnings from HAP’s Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) and Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), HAP created the Opioid LAN to support member hospitals in making measurable improvements on the following goals:

  • Decrease overdoses and subsequent deaths
  • Increase the number of patients entering treatment
  • Increase the number of patients starting medication-assisted treatment (MAT)

The Opioid LAN will focus on the following aims:

  • Increasing MAT initiation in the emergency department and warm hand-offs to MAT in the community
  • Increasing direct warm hand-offs to community providers for MAT or abstinence-based treatment
  • Increasing evidence-based OUD treatment and warm hands-offs for pregnant women through coordination with the Pennsylvania Quality Collaborative
  • Increasing the number of direct inpatient admissions for MAT initiation from the emergency department; and MAT initiation of OUD patients hospitalized, overall
  • Increasing warm hand-offs in primary care settings
  • Increasing access to MAT in primary care settings

Opioid LAN Infrastructure and Member Support

The Opioid LAN infrastructure in support of participating hospitals and health systems will include:

  • Annual in-person meetings
  • Regional gatherings with facilitated information sharing
  • Webinars and other distance learning technologies
  • Collaborative website, metrics, and performance tracking
  • Office hours and virtual small group discussions with clinical/administrative champions and technical experts

HAP Contacts

Contact HAP's Jennifer Jordanvice president, regulatory advocacy, with questions or for more information. For media inquiries, contact Rachel Moore, director, media relations.

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