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October 19, 2018

Member News:

NorthcentralPA.com reports that UPMC Susquehanna opened a new liver transplant clinic.

CBS Philly reports that the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia treated patients to a Halloween party transforming wheelchairs into monster trucks or princess carriages.

Lehigh Valley Live reports that Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital also treated patients to a Halloween party.

Quality and Patient Safety:

FierceHealthcare reports that some physicians believe hospitals should address gun violence in their communities.

State News:

The Washington Examiner reports that 2019 Obamacare rates in Pennsylvania will decrease by an average of 2.3 percent.

National News:

Bloomberg reports that Senate Majority Leader McConnell supports the lawsuit to undo the protections of insurance for pre-existing conditions under the Affordable Care Act.

The Associated Press reports that Virginia is set to start accepting enrollment applications from the roughly 400,000 low-income adults newly eligible for Medicaid after state lawmakers voted earlier this year to expand Medicaid.

The Washington Post reports that President Trump is pushing for a 5 percent cut in spending during 2019.

Stat reports that Apple’s EKG app is just the start of their health technologies. Subscription required

Health Reform:

The New York Times features an opinion piece by a former reporter who is considering leaving the U.S. because his pre-existing condition could again limit his ability to get health insurance.

Opioids:

The Reading Eagle reports that opioid-related hospitalizations increased only slightly (0.5%) during 2017 compared to 2016, but admissions for opioid substance use disorder were at a 10-year high.

In a related article, the Observer-Reporter also reports on the story.

The Tribune-Democrat reports that new protocols for dispensing pain medication along with counseling, education, and alternative treatments are helping free clinic patients at Highlands Health control their use of opioids.

Medicare and Medicaid:

Kaiser Health News reports that Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, opposes widening eligibility for Medicare due to the existing problems with the program.

Stat reports that the Trump Administration is looking at new drug pricing regulations for Medicaid. Subscription required

FierceHealthcare reports that the Trump Administration is looking at changes to the Medicare Part D drug program that would shift risks to insurers.

Health IT:

Health Data Management reports about provider using analytics to improve patient health. Geisinger Health System cited

Medical News:

The Philadelphia Tribune reports on the increase of children showing symptoms of the mysterious paralyzing illness that is affecting 22 states.

Miscellaneous:

Modern Healthcare reports about weak third quarter admissions. HAP members cited

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