Moving further, faster, together... HAP's Opioid Learning Action Network

The HAP Opioid Learning Action Network (LAN) is a two-year project designed to bring the commonwealth's hospitals together to adopt evidenced-based best practices to prevent overdoses and help patients recover. This effort is part of Bloomberg Philanthropies' $50 million grant to address the opioid crisis nationally.

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 can be better coordinated, measured, and executed together. This can be done without legislation or regulation that, however well-intentioned, may result in unintended consequences or become quickly out of date.

HAP launched the LAN program with a kick-off conference during late August. That conference was the first in a series of in-person events, webinars, and breakout group meetings to help participating hospitals work together to address individual hospital and community needs as well as the larger, statewide opioid crisis.

The Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians serves in an advisory capacity for this project and several clinical champions are dedicating their expertise as well. The project will be evaluated by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Whether your organization is getting started in the fight against overdose deaths, or already has initiatives in place, HAP's Opioid LAN will accelerate your progress to improved outcomes. With funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, administrated through Vital Strategies, HAP is offering all hospitals this free, no-cost program to support and build on their great work to go further, faster, together.

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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:

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


The Opioid LAN will focus on the following goals:

  • 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 oioid use disorder (OUD) treatment and warm hands-offs for pregnant women through coordination with the Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative‚Äč
  • Increasing the number of direct inpatient admissions for MAT initiation from the emergency department and of OUD patients hospitalized, overall
  • Increasing warm hand-offs in primary care settings
  • Increasing access to MAT in primary care settings


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

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