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Today's News Clips

November 19, 2018

Member News:

MyChesoCo.com reports that Phoenixville Hospital has earned advanced certification in heart failure treatment from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association.

The Philadelphia Business Journal reports that Thomas Jefferson University has partnered with a school in Italy to offer a dual medical degree.

The Philadelphia Business Journal reports about the opening of Penn Medicine London.

State Budget:

WHYY reports that Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office predicts a budget shortfall for the year.


FierceHealthcare reports that Medicare beneficiaries are using telehealth but still experience restrictions due to payment policies.

State News:

The Erie Times-News reports about the recent Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council hospital report, citing HAP members.

In a related article, LancasterOnline also reports about the story, citing HAP members.

National News:

The New York Times reports that the Food and Drug Administration announced proposed restrictions on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and tobacco products.

Reuters reports that Express Scripts will offer a new drug reimbursement list with lower priced brand-name drugs as of January 1, 2019.

The Associated Press reports that Florida is suing CVS and Walgreens, stating they added to the opioid crisis by not monitoring illegal sales.


The Citizen’s Voice and the Harvard Business Review report about the success of Geisinger’s ProvenRecovery program to reduce opioid use after surgery.

Emergency Preparedness:

Butler Radio reports about area power outages affecting Butler Health System.

Medicare and Medicaid:

The Daily Item reports with an update about the state’s Medical Assistance Transportation Program.

Modern Healthcare reports about a proposed waiver allowing states to use federal funding for Medicaid enrollees to receive up to 30 days of inpatient care at institutions of mental disease.

Insurance and Managed Care:

FierceHealthcare reports that the eight largest health insurers made more than $7 billion during the third quarter of 2018.


HR Dive reports that employer sick time policies may be helping to spread the flu in the workplace.

Medical News:

The Morning Call reports that Legionnaire’s disease cases are increasing due to the continued wet weather.

The Morning Call reports about the increasing number of acute flaccid myelitis cases.

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