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November 9, 2017

Member News:

The Intelligencer reports about a donation to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s pediatric intensive care unit from a local organization.

The Ellwood City Ledger reports, “Ellwood City Hospital is now the Ellwood Medical Center.”

The Patriot-News reports about UPMC Pinnacle’s soon-to-open primary care practice.


Healthcare Dive reports about the growing number of hospitals using electronic clinical quality measures.

Healthcare Dive reports that the use of expanding technology in health care can improve patient outcomes.

Quality and Patient Safety:

MedicalXpress reports about a new study showing that online therapy is an effective treatment for anxiety and depression. UPMC cited

State News:

The Reading Eagle reports about the large number of patients already registered on the medical marijuana patient registry.

WESA reports that Pennsylvania is one of only four states with a decrease in premature birth rates last year compared to 2015, according to an annual March of Dimes’ report. HAP members cited

National News:

The Revenue Cycle Advisor reports about the American Hospital Association’s study detailing the financial impact of regulatory burdens on hospitals.

A New York Times opinion reports that expanding Medicaid in Maine “comes nowhere close to fixing the problem” of rural hospital closures.

Health Reform:

Reuters reports, “Consumer sign-ups for Obamacare individual insurance plans were more than 600,000 during the first week of enrollment…”


The Post-Gazette reports about a new program at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC for babies suffering from opioid withdrawal.

In a related article, the Associated Press also reports about the story.

Reuters reports that the United States and China have agreed to make eliminating the flow of fentanyl a priority.

Medicare and Medicaid:

FierceHealthcare reports that accountable care organizations are showing success in reducing costs and improving the quality of care.

FierceHealthcare reports about a new study identifying the cost savings to states of privatizing Medicaid pharmacy benefits.

Insurance and Managed Care:

Bloomberg reports that Humana will eliminate 2,700 jobs to reduce costs due to industry uncertainty.


HealthLeaders Media reports that health care organizations need to address physician stress to improve patient safety in ambulatory settings.

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