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Wolf Administration’s PA Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Sharing Data with 10 Other States and D.C.

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Wolf Administration’s PA Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Sharing Data with 10 Other States and D.C. National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Results,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration’s Department of Health today announced that the Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PA PDMP) is now sharing data with drug monitoring programs in 10 states and Washington D.C.“We are pleased to be working with other states to stop prescription drug abuse because the issue of addiction doesn’t stop at Pennsylvania’s border,” Governor Wolf said. “Sharing this information will help curb doctor shopping and save lives. We will soon connect with even more states to ensure the greatest level of protection for every Pennsylvanian.”Users of Pennsylvania’s PDMP can now see if their patients have filled controlled substance prescriptions in: Connecticut; Illinois; Louisiana; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New York; Ohio; Virginia; West Virginia; and Washington D.C. Additionally, a one-way sharing connection has been established with Maryland, enabling their program users to search the PA PDMP.“This interstate sharing of patient data helps providers get a more complete picture of their patients’ controlled substance prescription histories, regardless of which state they filled their prescription in,” Department of Health Secretary Karen Murphy said.The Department of Health’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program office manages the PA PDMP system, which collects Schedule II-V controlled substances data and stores it in a secure database only available to health care professionals and others as authorized by law.The PA PDMP system has improved the quality of patient care in Pennsylvania by providing prescribers and dispensers access to information about all controlled substances dispensed to their patients. This system also assists prescribers in referring patients with the disease of addiction to appropriate treatment.Health information in the PA PDMP system is protected by the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and other state laws. The HIPAA privacy rule and state law protect the privacy of individuals’ health information.Pennsylvania residents and/or patients, licensed medical professionals, and users of the system can request information by contacting the PA PDMP office at RA-DH-PDMP@pa.gov.For more information, please browse the PA PDMP website for the latest updates at www.doh.pa.gov/PDMP.center_img June 29, 2017last_img read more

Report: Geffen, Zell talk about possible Times sale

first_imgCHICAGO – Movie and music mogul David Geffen is negotiating with Sam Zell on a possible deal for the Los Angeles Times following Zell’s successful bid for Tribune Co., a published report said Thursday. Geffen has spoken with Zell since the Chicago real-estate magnate’s $8.2 billion deal to acquire Tribune was announced Monday and is optimistic he could gain control of the Times in either a spinoff or joint-venture partnership, The Washington Post reported, citing an unidentified source familiar with Geffen’s thinking. The report quoted Geffen as saying Wednesday: “Yes, I continue to want to buy the Los Angeles Times.” Representatives for Zell and Geffen declined to comment Thursday. The Los Angeles Times is the largest of Tribune’s nine daily newspapers that will change hands later this year under the deal, which calls for Zell to invest $315 million and take on $5 billion in existing company debt while converting the company to employee ownership. Zell has indicated he does not intend to break up the company, aside from selling the Chicago Cubs baseball team. But analysts have said the Times or other assets still could be sold if they attract premium prices that would compensate for any additional tax burden, or in staged, tax-free spinoffs. Under employee stock ownership, Tribune will gain tax benefits that would enable Zell to sell individual assets with fewer tax penalties, said Lisa Van Fleet, leader of the employee benefits practice group at Bryan Cave, a law firm specializing in labor law. Geffen’s original $2 billion offer for the Times was rejected by Tribune in November. The California billionaire, who founded DreamWorks SKG studios with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg, has said he thinks the Times should feature more local coverage and improve its national and foreign reports and opinion pages. Two other Southern California billionaires whose offer for Tribune was rejected, Eli Broad and Ronald Burkle, have met with their advisers this week amid speculation that they could make a new offer. The Zell deal, which carries a breakup fee of only $25 million, isn’t expected to close until the fourth quarter. Analyst Dave Novosel of Gimme Credit, a research service specializing in corporate bonds, pegs the Times’ value at as much as $2.4 billion and says unloading it without a tax burden would make sense, since there is little synergy between the Times and Tribune’s other newspapers. “Clearly a sale of the Chicago Cubs will not be sufficient to significantly reduce the massive leverage that will be implemented at Tribune,” he wrote in a research note Thursday. Under the Zell deal, debt at Tribune is expected to almost triple to $13.4 billion. Besides newspapers and the Cubs, Tribune’s holdings include 23 television stations as well as Internet ventures. Tribune shares rose 7 cents in Thursday’s trading to close at $32.83 on the New York Stock Exchange.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more