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March 15, 2017

Member News:

LancasterOnline reports that PinnacleHealth System plans to purchase four hospitals from Community Health Systems, and affiliate with UPMC. HAP members and HAP cited

The Patriot-News reports that PinnacleHealth System plans to acquire Carlisle Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hospital, Lancaster Regional Medical Center, and Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center.

In a related article, the Post-Gazette reports about UPMC’s proposed acquisition of PinnacleHealth System, including the four hospitals it plans to purchase.

The Daily Item reports about Geisinger Health System president and CEO Dr. David Feinberg’s plans to reduce wait times in emergency rooms and keep insurance premiums low.

Community and Economic Impact of Hospitals:

The Public Opinion reports that Summit Health is Franklin County’s top employer.


HealthLeaders Media reports about new study results about using telemedicine to assess comatose patients.

Quality and Patient Safety:

HealthLeaders Media reports about the affect bad manners and rudeness can have on patient care.

State News:

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Penn's Perelman School of Medicine was ranked fifth overall in this year’s U.S. News & World Report ranking of medical schools.

National News:

The Washington Post reports about lawmakers’ growing skepticism about the proposed Affordable Care Act replacement.

Health Reform:

STAT reports about how Medicaid reform could affect state-by-state Medicaid coverage for addiction treatment.

A Philadelphia Inquirer columnist reports that repealing the Affordable Care Act and reforming the Medicaid program would be devastating to children and young adults with disabilities and complex medical needs.

Emergency Preparedness:

WBRE-TV reports about Wilkes-Barre General Hospital’s emergency preparedness planning during this week’s snow storm.

Medicare and Medicaid:

The Washington Post reports about the message to the nation’s governors from the new head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Insurance and Managed Care:

Healthcare DIVE reports about opposition to Anthem’s appeal.

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