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October 9, 2017

Member News:

FierceHealthcare reports that Geisinger has partnered with Purdue Pharma to test Apple watch as a pain management strategy.

The Post-Gazette reports about Uniontown Hospital’s expanded interventional radiology services.

The Daily Item reports about the transfer of Sunbury Community Hospital and Lock Haven Hospital to UPMC Susquehanna.

The Herald-Standard reports about Monongahela Valley Hospital’s plans to open a medical mall.

The New Castle News reports about a new outpatient facility serving UPMC Jameson and UPMC Horizon.

State Budget:

WITF-TV reports about Governor Wolf’s plan to borrow against the Farm Show Complex to help resolve the budget shortfall.

Quality and Patient Safety:

Healthcare Dive reports about the perceptions of doctors and patients regarding their visits.

State News:

The Altoona Mirror reports about proposed legislation to impose new work rules on Medicaid recipients.

WHYY-TV reports about the effect of cuts in disproportionate share payments to hospitals. HAP cited

National News:

FierceHealthcare reports about the delay to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

FierceHealthcare reports that most patients receive paper bills in spite of the fact that they prefer electronic billing.

Health Reform:

The Associated Press and Kaiser Health News report about the President’s executive order to expand options to purchase “association” health care plans across state lines.

Kaiser Health News reports about the portion of the population who are negatively impacted by the Affordable Care Act.

Flu Vaccine:

LancasterOnline reports about the recommendation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding flu vaccination.

Emergency Preparedness:

The Las Vegas Sun reports about University Medical Center’s response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

The Daily Commercial reports about Florida hospitals’ expanded use of telehealth during hurricane Irma.

Insurance and Managed Care:

The Reading Eagle reports that Tower Health has reached agreement on a three-year contract with Independence Blue Cross.

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