Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Newborns with NAS 5X Longer Hospital Stays
(average of 17.1 days)

PA Health Care Cost Containment Council
Goals
  • Increase reliable screening of opioid-exposed newborns
  • Increase use of non-pharmacological treatment for opioid-exposed newborns
  • Increase rooming-in with families during the hospital stay for newborns with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)
  • Decrease length of stay for newborns with NAS
  • Increase breastfeeding among mothers with OUD
  • Increase well-child visits among newborns with NAS
  • Decrease preventable ER visits and hospitalizations within 30 days among newborns with NAS
Key Interventions
  • Attain high reliability with NAS scoring using validated screens
  • Standardize non-pharmacological measures for opioid-exposed newborns
  • Standardize pharmacological interventions for newborns with NAS
  • Ensure a safe discharge
  • Support the mother and baby dyad with wrap-around and follow-up services in the community