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Today's News Clips

May 26, 2017

Member News:

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports about the historic Physic Garden at Pennsylvania Hospital.

The Ellwood City Ledger reports about Ellwood City Hospital’s new president Beverly Annarumo.

The New Castle News reports that UPMC Centers for Rehab Services outpatient therapy and UPMC CancerCenter Medical Oncology therapy will relocate to new facilities.

The Daily Item reports about Sunbury Community Hospital’s celebration of the first-ever Rural Health Week.

Quality and Patient Safety:

Kaiser Health News reports about emergency rooms seeing an influx of elderly patients needing comfort care.

HealthLeaders Media reports about medical errors.

State News:

The Post-Gazette reports about reactions from Pennsylvania officials to President Trump’s budget cuts.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports with an update about the proposed Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services.

The Central Penn Business Journal reports that state officials are accepting applications from instructors for provider training classes for medical marijuana.

National News:

The Business Insider reports about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner’s plan to tackle high drug prices.

Healthcare Dive reports about U.S. hospitals’ financial struggles.

CNN Money reports about cuts to Medicaid in the Trump Administration’s proposed budget.

Health Reform:

The Hill and Politico report that Senate Republicans will work on repeal and replace legislation during the upcoming recess.

In a related article, Bloomberg reports, “Senate Republicans are weighing a two-step process to replace Obamacare that would postpone a repeal until 2020…”

The Associated Press reports that Republicans’ focus on lowering health insurance premiums could undermine benefits.

Opioids:

The Associated Press reports about frustrated U.S. families concerned about the proposed federal funding cuts to opioid treatment programs.

Medicare and Medicaid:

FierceHealthcare reports about the keys to MACRA success for physician offices.

Health IT:

FierceHealthcare reports about a national call for federal funding to expand broadband to rural areas.

Healthcare IT News reports that only about 5 percent of hospitals regularly test the security of medical devices.

Medical News:

MedPage Today reports that U.S. death rates from Alzheimer’s disease increased 55 percent during the last two decades.

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