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August 10, 2017

Member News:

The Pittsburgh Business Times reports about local approval for UPMC to build a new 90-bed hospital.

The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that a new multi-year agreement was reached between Armstrong County Memorial Hospital and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Technology:

Hospitals & Health Networks reports, “The same machine learning technology Google uses…is in tests to advance predictive modeling in health care…”

Quality and Patient Safety:

HealthLeaders Media reports that about 54 percent of physicians surveyed find patient empowerment helpful.

State News:

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “The University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine has teamed…to expand the number of medical professionals trained to provide house calls to elderly and medically complex patients.”

Health Reform:

HealthLeaders Media reports that MACRA may provide a roadmap and policy vehicle to address questions of quality, cost, and accessibility in the U.S. health care delivery system.

Opioids:

The Patriot-News reports about a new study that links doctors trained at “elite medical schools” with fewer opioid prescriptions.

The Washington Post reports that at least 17 states are legislating limits on painkiller prescriptions.

Medicare and Medicaid:

FierceHealthcare reports about “partial Medicare expansion.”

Modern Healthcare reports that the Trump Administration has placed a one-year moratorium on the “25% rule.”

Reuters reports that poorer Medicare patients have more hospitalizations for observation, and higher out-of-pocket costs.

Insurance and Managed Care:

The Central Penn Business Journal reports that Highmark will sell Davis Vision, Inc., to Centerbridge Partners, LP.

Workforce:

Becker’s Hospital Review reports about the newest title in the C-suite.

Medical News:

CBS Philadelphia reports about an increase in colon cancer cases and deaths among younger Americans. Main Line Health cited

The Associated Press reports about the promise of “liquid biopsies” for cancer screening.

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