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Today's News Clips

March 21, 2019

Member News:

The New Castle News reports that UPMC Jameson Radiation Oncology Center will merge with UPMC’s regional oncology center.

The Mercury reports that Tower Health Urgent Care’s 19 locations have received accreditation from the Urgent Care Association.

The Express reports about 2018 as a year of “immense progress” for UPMC Susquehanna.

Community and Economic Impact of Hospitals:

The Levittown Patch reports, “A quarter-million-dollar gift to the St. Mary Medical Center Foundation will go toward expanding the hospital's Breast Health Center.”

Quality and Patient Safety:

FierceHealthcare reports about the value of primary care.

State News:

The Bucks County Courier Times reports about proposed legislation to amend Pennsylvania’s hospital patient protection laws. HAP members and HAP cited

The Wayne Independent reports that the number of employed Pennsylvanians is at a record high.

National News:

Healthcare Dive reports that about 69 percent of air ambulance transports during 2017 were out-of-network, putting patients at financial risk.

CNBC reports that Amazon now accepts consumer payment through their health savings and flexible savings accounts.

The Associated Press reports that more Americans want greater government spending on health care.

FierceHealthcare reports, “New Hampshire residents have filed suit against the Trump Administration over work requirements in the state’s Medicaid program.'

Opioids:

NPR reports about the findings of a federal report about the “third wave” of the U.S. opioid epidemic.

Medicare and Medicaid:

Healthcare Dive reports about MIPS participation during year 1.

Healthcare Dive reports that Medicare Part D spending on specialty drugs increased from $8.7 billion during 2010 to $32.8 billion during 2015.

Medical News:

WHYY reports about Temple University’s mumps outbreak.

An Express editorial discusses the dangers of vaping.

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