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November 10, 2017

Member News:

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports about Trinity Health’s financial report for the year ended June 30, 2017

Penn State News reports that University Ambulance Service, part of Penn State University Health Services, was awarded the 2017 John Auman Leadership Award.

A Philadelphia Inquirer opinion reports about the history of Friends Hospital on its 200-year anniversary, and the importance of compassionate mental health care.

Quality and Patient Safety:

News-Medical.net reports about the success of the HELP program aimed at reducing readmission rates. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Shadyside cited

State News:

The Times Leader reports about the recent forum, “From Crisis To Cure: Revitalizing America’s Healthcare System.”

In a related article, the Standard-Speaker also reports about the story.

National News:

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that non-profit hospitals would be among the “losers” created by the newly unveiled House Republican tax reform plan. HAP members cited

The Hill reports that the initial Senate tax reform legislation does not repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual insurance mandate.

Politico reports with a series of articles about the future of hospitals and health care.

FierceHealthcare reports that Chicago’s Saint Anthony Hospital is suing the Leapfrog Group, alleging it used inaccurate information to lower patient safety scores.

Health Reform:

The New York Times reports about the record number of sign-ups at Healthcare.gov during the first week of enrollment.

Opioids:

STAT reports about funding for federal opioid initiatives.

The Herald-Standard and the Patriot-News report about county-based lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies.

Medicare and Medicaid:

HealthLeaders Media reports about the Medicare Quality Payment Program final rule.

Kaiser Health News reports, “Federal officials are exploring how beneficiaries could get a share of certain behind-the-scenes fees and discounts…”

Insurance and Managed Care:

The Tribune-Review reports that Anthem is asking patients to consider alternatives to using the emergency room for non-emergent care.

Workforce:

FierceHealthcare reports about recent survey results about health care workers’ compensation.

Healthcare Dive reports that health IT professionals’ salaries dropped 20 percent.

Medical News:

FierceHealthcare reports that hospitals are overrun with cases of infectious disease from IV drug use in conjunction with the opioid crisis.

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