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December 5, 2017

Member News:

The Express-Times reports that Lehigh Valley Health Network has acquired the Weller Health Education Center.

The Doylestown Patch reports that Doylestown Hospital received the largest gifts in its history in support of its capital projects.

The Philadelphia Business Journal reports, “[Thomas Jefferson University] is creating global health centers to facilitate international partnerships focused on education and innovation.” (Subscription required)


Reuters reports about the accuracy of diagnosing certain dermatology concerns using smartphone pictures.

Quality and Patient Safety:

The Post-Gazette reports that Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has teamed up with industrial engineers to reduce emergency department wait times.

CNN reports about money-back guarantees for medical services. Geisinger cited

HealthLeaders Media reports about a new report identifying disparities in mental health insurance coverage and high out-of-network usage.

National News:

FierceHealthcare reports, “Spending on emergency room fees has increased steadily over the past several years, in part because hospitals are more likely to code visits as severe…”

HealthLeaders Media and Modern Healthcare report about a downgrade in Moody’s Investor Services’ 2018 outlook for the not-for-profit hospital sector.

Home Health Care News reports about the potential impact of the proposed Senate Republican tax bill on the home health care industry.

In a related article, the New York Times reports that, if the Senate Republican tax bill is passed, entitlement programs likely will be targeted for cuts to help alleviate the “swelling deficit.”


The Reading Eagle reports about a warm handoff program expansion from Reading Hospital to Penn State Health St. Joseph early next year.

A LancasterOnline opinion supports the collaborative efforts of the South Central PA Opioid Awareness Coalition. WellSpan Health cited

Insurance and Managed Care:

CNBC reports that almost 60 percent of the top five health insurers’ revenues comes from Medicare and Medicaid-funded programs.


The Record Herald reports about Summit Health’s continuing efforts to recruit and retain physicians.

CBS Philadelphia reports that Hahnemann University Hospital’s new Transgender Fellowship Training Program will begin during July.

FierceHealthcare reports that an increasing number of physicians are seeking certification in obesity medicine.

HealthLeaders Media reports about clinician supply and demand.

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