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Today's News Clips

August 23, 2017

Member News:

NorthcentralPA.com reports about HRSA recognition for Pennsylvania’s 15 Critical Access Hospitals. UPMC Susquehanna’s Muncy Valley Hospital and Soldiers + Sailors Memorial Hospital cited

Quality and Patient Safety:

The Patriot-News reports that new cancer patients remember only about ten percent of the initial conversation about their diagnosis. HAP members cited

State News:

The Sun-Gazette reports about pending legislation to close five state centers that provide care to Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities.

The Philadelphia Tribune reports that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $2,765,771 million to 42 health centers in Pennsylvania.

National News:

The Patriot-News reports about WalletHub’s health care quality ranking for U.S. states.

HealthLeaders Media reports, “The not-for-profit hospital sector saw expenses grow faster than revenues in 2016…”

Reuters reports that weak hospital admissions likely will persist through 2018. HAP members cited

Health Reform:

ABC News reports about scheduled federal hearings to strengthen the Affordable Care Act exchanges.

FierceHealthcare reports that the Internal Revenue Service will continue to enforce the individual mandate.


The Express-Times reports, “Most Pennsylvanians enrolled in Medicaid who survived opioid overdoses between 2008 and 2013 got prescriptions for more opioids rather than treatment…”

In a related article, the Philadelphia Inquirer also reports about the story.

The New York Times reports that hospitals clogged with opioid patients “depicts a problem of increasing urgency".

Emergency Preparedness:

WPVI-TV reports about the recent collision involving two SEPTA trains that sent at least 33 people to ten area hospitals. HAP members cited

Medicare and Medicaid:

FierceHealthcare reports that an advisory panel recommended against a proposed rule that would make significant cuts to 340B payment rates to hospitals.

FierceHealthcare reports about current trends in alternative payment models.

Medical News:

HealthDay News reports about newly released high blood pressure guidelines for U.S. kids and teens.

CBS News reports, “Despite years of public health campaigns, many American parents are still putting their babies to sleep in an unsafe position, a new study finds.”

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