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Today's News Clips

August 17, 2018

Member News:

The Daily American reports that the start of construction for Conemaugh Health System’s Conemaugh-Somerset Clinic will begin during October. (Subscription required)

The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that Allegheny Health Network’s Wexford hospital will offer maternity services.

In a related article, the Post-Gazette reports about Allegheny Health Network’s building boom.

WNEP-TV reports about St Luke’s University Health Network’s expansion with a newly proposed hospital.

The Tribune-Review reports about UPMC’s intent to expand across the state and into neighboring ones.

In a related article, the Central Penn Business Journal also reports about the story.

Quality and Patient Safety:

NPR reports about patients with limited English-language proficiency.

In a related article, the Post-Gazette reports about ongoing efforts at UPMC and Allegheny Health Network to alleviate language concerns for patients.

National News:

CNN reports that the NYU School of Medicine will cover tuition for new, current, and future medical school students regardless of financial need.

Healthcare Dive reports, “The Internet of connected medical things market is expected to reach $158 billion by 2022…”.

STAT reports that Oregon’s Medicaid program is considering ending coverage of opioids for many chronic pain patients.


The Associated Press reports, “President Trump is asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to file a federal lawsuit against certain companies that supply and manufacture opioids.”

A Post-Gazette editorial reports about the impact of the opioid epidemic on Pennsylvania.

Emergency Preparedness:

STAT reports about the current Ebola outbreak as a potential test of the world’s ability to respond to a global crisis.

Health IT:

Healthcare Dive reports about bringing the prior authorization process to electronic health records.


The Philadelphia Inquirer reports about layoffs at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.

The Tribune-Review reports that Allegheny Valley Hospital union workers voted to authorize a strike.

Medical News:

Reuters reports, “People who have traumatic brain injuries may be nearly twice as likely to die by suicide…”.

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