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July 11, 2017

Advance Directives:

Newsworks reports about a new study that indicates that most adults have not completed a living will.

Member News:

WBRE-TV reports about the merger of Jersey Shore Hospital and Geisinger.

Home Health Care News reports that HealthSouth Corporation will change its name to Encompass Health Corporation.

The Central Penn Business Journal reports that Penn State Health has completed the purchase of the county’s largest independent physician group.

State Budget:

The Patriot-News report that the 2017–2018 spending plan has become law without Governor Wolf’s signature.

In a related article, the Patriot-News reports that the revenue portion of the budget still is unfinished.

Community and Economic Impact of Hospitals:

A Times-Tribune opinion discusses access to health care as both a public health and an economic issue.

State News:

The Sentinel reports about Senator Casey’s meetings across the state opposing Republican health care proposals.

Health Reform:

The Washington Post reports, “Senate leaders are rewriting their health care plan in an effort to vote on it next week…”

In related articles, the Hill and PoliticsPA also report about the story.

Opioids:

NPR reports about a newly released Urban Institute report about Medicaid spending on continuing efforts to fight the opioid epidemic.

LancasterOnline reports about the increase in illegal use of opioids despite the decline in prescriptions.

Medicare and Medicaid:

Kaiser Health News reports about proposed Medicaid cuts as “crippling” for rural health care.

Health IT:

Hospitals & Health Networks reports about Health Care’s Most Wired for 2017. HAP members cited

Medical News:

WITF reports about Lyme disease in Pennsylvania.

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