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January 9, 2018

Member News:

The Central Penn Business Journal reports that UPMC Pinnacle started construction of a new hospital scheduled to open August 2019.

The Patriot-News reports that UPMC Pinnacle has acquired Sollenberger Colon & Rectal Surgery.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the University of Pennsylvania Health System has acquired Princeton HealthCare System.

Quality and Patient Safety:

NPR reports about newly issued guidance from the Veterans Health Administration urging open discussion about medical marijuana.

National News:

The Fiscal Times reports that the cost of extending CHIP for five years is projected to be $8.3 billion less than previously cited.

In a related article, Roll Call also reports about the story.

A Hill opinion states, “Having completed historic tax reform legislation, lawmakers must now act swiftly to renew the Health Center Fund and CHIP funding...”

HealthLeaders Media reports that health care executives in a recent survey indicated stronger support for mergers and acquisitions as a primary growth strategy for 2018 and beyond.

FierceHealthcare reports, “Massachusetts has launched a new accountable care certification program designed to implement statewide, all-payer standards as part of care delivery.”

FierceHealthcare reports that a phishing email may have exposed personal information for 30,000 Medicaid enrollees in Florida.

Health Reform:

STAT reports that states that did not expand Medicaid have seen more hospital closures.

Opioids:

The Post-Gazette reports that, during the third quarter of 2017, opioid prescriptions in Pennsylvania were 12 percent lower than during the same period of the prior year.

Kaiser Health News reports about the success of Kaiser Permanente's integrated pain service, which treats pain and addiction at the same time.

Insurance and Managed Care:

Bloomberg reports about the need for home care nursing services for children. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC cited

Healthcare Dive reports that “narrow networks” may cut costs but offer less flexibility for and satisfaction to patients.

Medical News:

The Herald-Standard reports that seasonal flu cases are highest in southwestern Pennsylvania. HAP members cited

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