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February 14, 2017

Member News:

WTAJ-TV reports about J.C. Blair Health System’s “bragging rights” for its services in the state and national arenas during 2016. HAP cited

The Pocono Record reports about Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono’s three-phase expansion.

Technology:

The Smithsonian reports about the use of robotic telehealth to treat comatose patients.

Quality and Patient Safety:

The Patriot-News reports about the different measures used to determine hospital quality ratings.

National News:

Healthcare DIVE reports about savings achieved by accountable care organizations.

Fierce Healthcare reports about Vermont’s pilot accountable care payment model for treatment of Medicaid patients.

Health Reform:

The Hill reports about a request by 200 patient groups to preserve protections for pre-existing conditions under the Affordable Care Act.

Opioids:

LancasterOnline reports about Reading Health’s “warm handoff” demonstration to get overdose patients into rehab faster.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports about new guidelines for using opioids for chronic back pain.

Medicare and Medicaid:

The Hill reports about Medicare’s pilot program that would cover non-medical services.

Insurance and Managed Care:

The Post-Gazette reports that Aetna and Humana are calling off their merger plans.

Workforce:

Healthcare DIVE reports about the fastest growing health care jobs.

Medical News:

The Tribune-Review reports about a flu-related death in Pennsylvania that has put the spotlight on flu vaccines.

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