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December 1, 2017

Member News:

The Herald reports that UPMC Horizon is closing its Greenville intensive care unit next year due to low patient volume.

The West Chester Daily reports about the community’s support for Bryn Mawr Hospital’s modernization project.

Community and Economic Impact of Hospitals:

WHYY reports about Penn Medicine’s participation in the national “Stop the Bleed” initiative.

Technology:

RandD Magazine reports about a newly developed pneumatic wheelchair powered by compressed air. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center cited

Quality and Patient Safety:

NPR reports, “A severe shortage of inpatient care for people with mental illness is amounting to a public health crisis…”

State News:

The Beaver County Times reports that Governor Wolf has asked U.S. Senators Casey and Toomey to oppose the Senate Republican tax plan.

National News:

Politico reports that Republicans are on the verge of repealing the individual mandate as part of their proposed tax plan.

In a related article, NPR reports about five ways the proposed tax plan would change health care policy.

NPR reports that a new analysis indicates that the Senate Republican tax bill does not guarantee the economic growth promised.

The New York Times reports that the National Academy of Sciences is calling for sweeping changes to the pricing, sale, and promotion of prescription drugs.

Health Reform:

The Altoona Mirror reports that Pennsylvania’s Acting Insurance Commissioner is urging consumers to shop for their best option under the Affordable Care Act and sign up before the deadline. UPMC Altoona cited

The New York Times reports that, without the individual mandate, more consumers could opt out of buying insurance, resulting in higher premiums for those that do.

Opioids:

The Post-Gazette reports that addiction experts and struggling families are urging officials to “unleash every available treatment option to curb the opioid epidemic.”

HealthLeaders Media reports, “Vigilant prescribing guidelines for surgeons could reduce by as much as 40 percent the number of opioid pills prescribed after operations…”

STAT reports about a newly approved opioid addiction treatment.

Medicare and Medicaid:

FierceHealthcare reports, “The federal government will no longer mandate that providers participate in bundled payment models for hip fractures and cardiac care.”

Workforce:

Becker’s Hospital Review reports that more physicians are working in nursing home care according to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.

HealthLeaders Media reports about the shortage of rural hospital administrators.

Medical News:

Fortune reports that new research about the U.S. obesity problem suggests that more than 57 percent to children today will be obese by the time they reach age 35.

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