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July 26, 2017

Member News:

The Titusville Herald reports about a new patient-friendly lobby at Titusville Area Hospital.

The Post-Gazette reports about a joint agreement for obstetric/gynecological care between Butler Health System and UPMC.

PatientDaily reports that UPMC again was named on this year’s “Most Wired” list, continuing a 19-year streak.

State Budget:

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports with an update about state budget meetings.

Community and Economic Impact of Hospitals:

The Post-Gazette reports that Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh is giving more than $530,000 in community grants for the 2017 fiscal year. HAP members cited

Quality and Patient Safety:

The Erie Times-News reports about shorter wait times and lower costs since moving chemotherapy treatments into local hospitals. HAP members cited

A LancasterOnline opinion discusses Lancaster General Health’s Care Connections holistic patient care program.

State News:

The Erie Times-News reports that Millcreek Community Hospital has reached a deal with local officials about payments in lieu of taxes.

National News:

Healthcare Finance News reports with an update about Community Health Systems’ hospital divestiture plans.

Healthcare Dive reports that U.S. hospital and health system mergers and acquisitions increased 15 percent during the second quarter of 2017.

Health Reform:

The Beaver County Times reports that U.S. Senator Casey, Governor Wolf, and Attorney General Shapiro continue to denounce the Senate GOP’s health care plan.

FierceHealthcare reports that a newly released issue brief outlines provisions in the Better Care Reconciliation Act that make notable changes to the Medicaid program.

The Washington Post reports about the potential loss of jobs if the vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act succeeds.

Medicare and Medicaid:

Healthcare Dive reports that Medicare officials are requesting more oversight of Medicare Advantage provider networks.

A McKnight’s columnist discusses inefficiencies in Medicare’s fee-for-service program.

Health IT:

The New Castle News reports about UPMC Jameson’s full integration with UPMC’s system applications for electronic medical records.

Workforce:

Healthcare Dive reports that the number of U.S. licensed physicians increased 12 percent since 2010.

Medical News:

MedlinePlus reports about “a wave of anti-science skepticism” influencing patients’ use of statins.

The Washington Post reports about new study results about brain injuries in football players. University of Pennsylvania cited

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