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May 18, 2017

Member News:

The Herald reports that Grove City Medical Center recently honored several nurses.

The Lock Haven Express reports about the recent announcement that Jersey Shore Hospital will become a Geisinger Health System facility.

BCTV reports, “Reading Health System has raised a 2017 Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge flag…” HAP cited

Quality and Patient Safety:

The Daily Pennsylvanian reports that Penn Medicine will receive a $1.5 million state grant to promote safe sleep practices for newborns.

State News:

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that state officials are using a more rigorous penalty system for nursing homes.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Pennsylvania will expand Medicaid coverage for treatment of hepatitis C.

National News:

The Washington Post reports about possible education cuts in the federal budget.

Health Reform:

HealthLeaders Media reports about essential benefits.

The Hill reports about higher premiums for people with pre-existing conditions, according a new analysis.

Opioids:

The Central Penn Business Journal reports about the new South Central PA Opioid Awareness Coalition. HAP members and HAP cited

A Medscape video commentary by Rachel Levine, MD, discusses Pennsylvania’s continuing opioid efforts.

Medicare and Medicaid:

Modern Healthcare reports about a recent Senate Finance Committee hearing about expanding telemedicine coverage.

Insurance and Managed Care:

Kaiser Health News reports about accusations against United Healthcare Group for overcharging Medicare Advantage plans.

Workforce:

The Citizen’s Voice reports about a strike at a local hospital.

The Pittsburgh Business Times reports about doctors firing patients.

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