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November 8, 2017

Member News:

The Daily American reports that Somerset Hospital CEO Craig Saylor will retire. (Subscription required)

Becker’s Hospital Review reports about millennials’ influence on health care delivery via an interview with Jefferson Health President and CEO Stephen Klasko, MD.

The Times-Tribune reports that Geisinger will acquire Professional Orthopaedic Associates.

Community and Economic Impact of Hospitals:

A Daily Item editorial reports about the benefits to the community of Sunbury Community Hospital's transition to UPMC Susquehanna Sunbury.


FierceHealthcare reports with an update about state payment policies for telehealth services.

Quality and Patient Safety:

FierceHealthcare reports about incorporating patient input into care delivery, citing Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

National News:

The Associated Press reports about the loss of the medical expense deduction in proposed tax reform legislation.

The Hill reports that the proposed GOP tax bill would add $1.7 trillion dollars to the national debt during the next decade.

Hospitals & Health Networks reports about Baltimore’s University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute’s efforts to curb violence in its community.

The Hill reports that Maine residents voted to expand Medicaid.

Health Reform:

The Hill reports that repealing the individual mandate as part of the proposed tax reform legislation would save $338 billion during ten years, but also could destabilize insurance markets.

In a related article, CNBC reports, “The Trump Administration reportedly has prepared an executive order that would effectively gut Obamacare's individual mandate.”


The Associated Press reports about a small study that compared over-the-counter medications with opioids for pain relief in the emergency room, with similar outcomes.

Medicare and Medicaid:

The Post-Gazette reports about ongoing state efforts to improve long-term care services, including the implementation of Community HealthChoices.

FierceHealthcare reports about planned changes to the Medicaid program, including revamping the waiver process, encouraging beneficiary work requirements, and creating quality scorecards.


FierceHealthcare reports that about 27 percent of U.S. nurses plan to retire within the next year.

Medical News:

WPMT-TV reports that Wellspan York Hospital is the first in Pennsylvania to offer a robotic cardiac procedure.

The Philadelphia Business Journal reports, “Doctors at Penn Medicine are getting ready to conduct the Northeast’s first clinical trial of uterine transplants.”

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