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December 6, 2017

Member News:

HealthTech Magazine reports about UPMC’s partnership with Microsoft to build three tech-focused hospitals.

State Budget:

The Central Penn Business Journal reports that tax collections through November were $47.2 million higher than estimated.


The Washington Post reports about the early success of mental health therapy with an online chatbot.

Healthcare IT News reports that Google has released an open source version of the artificial intelligence tool DeepVariant.

Quality and Patient Safety:

HealthDay News reports, “A new study has found that people searching online to figure out how much they'll pay for a medical procedure will come away disappointed most of the time...”

National News:

The Washington Post reports about changes to the national policy about the allocation of livers for transplant to address long-standing geographic disparities.

In a related article, the Tribune-Review reports about how the changes will affect Pennsylvania. UPMC cited

STAT reports about justifying non-profit status.

Becker’s Hospital Review reports with an update about the CHIP program and the expiration of the program’s funding.

Health Reform:

The Morning Call reports that passage of the Senate Republican tax bill would increase premiums, highlighting Pennsylvania.

Reuters reports about the fifth week of open enrollment.

The New York Times reports about the “agonizing” annual search for health insurance for many Americans.

A New York Times opinion discusses how the Senate Republican tax proposal would "ruin Obamacare.”


The Sentinel reports, in a three-part series, about the opioid abuse epidemic.

The Hill reports that top Democrats are pushing for more federal funding to combat the national opioid crisis.

Medicare and Medicaid:

HealthLeaders Media reports, “New research suggests that Medicare’s pay-for-performance measures…unfairly penalize providers who serve older, sicker, poorer patients.”

Insurance and Managed Care:

Reuters reports that UnitedHealth Group Inc. will buy DaVita Inc.’s primary and urgent care services.


HealthLeaders Media reports about reducing stress among nurses.

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