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August 8, 2017

Member News:

The Central Penn Business Journal reports about Wellspan Health’s plans to build a new $49 million outpatient facility.

The Tribune-Democrat reports about Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s behavioral health program.

State Budget:

WTAE-TV reports with an update about the state budget.

Community and Economic Impact of Hospitals:

FierceHealthcare reports that the health care industry added 39,000 jobs during July; hospitals added 7,300.


Healthcare Dive reports about the Veterans Administration’s new telehealth and mobile app initiatives.

The Tribune-Review reports about Allegheny Health Network’s new mammography units.

Quality and Patient Safety:

A LancasterOnline editorial comments about shorter hospital stays after joint replacement surgery. WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital cited

State News:

The Philly Voice reports that Pennsylvania’s health care is better than that of most U.S. states, according to a WalletHub study.

National News:

The Carlisle Sentinel, LancasterOnline, and the Patriot-News, among other news sources, report about the U.S. News & World Report’s newly announced 2017-2018 Best Hospitals ranking, citing HAP members.

The Associated Press reports about new study results comparing infant mortality and life expectancy rates in Appalachia with the rest of the United States.

Health Reform:

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Senate Majority Leader McConnell is unclear about the future of repealing or replacing the Affordable Care Act.

In a related article, the Hill reports that McConnell is open to a bipartisan deal.

The New York Times reports about concerns among state insurance commissioners about higher insurance premiums resulting from federal reform gridlock.


The Reading Eagle reports about the severity of Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis.

Emergency Preparedness:

FierceHealthcare reports that federal officials are warning about several cybersecurity vulnerabilities with molecular imaging products manufactured by Siemens.

Medicare and Medicaid:

LancasterOnline reports that Community HealthChoices will start in the Pittsburgh area January 1.


LancasterOnline reports that Lancaster General Hospital is on track to have 80 percent of its nursing staff with bachelor’s degrees by 2020.

Medical News:

Healio reports that physicians should consider “deprescribing” medications for certain patients to improve outcomes. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital cited

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