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February 7, 2018

Member News:

The Lehigh Valley Business reports that a new pediatric practice opened at St. Luke’s Anderson Campus.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports about the soon-to-open Jefferson Surgery Center, a joint venture of Jefferson Health and others.

The Meadville Tribune reports, “Meadville Medical Center recently was rated as one of the top hospitals for orthopedic and joint replacement surgery.”

State Budget:

The Patriot-News reports about the 2.4 percent increase in the Governor’s budget proposal for the Health and Human Services Department.

Quality and Patient Safety:

U.S. News & World Report reports to consumers about when to use the emergency room, urgent care, or primary care. Geisinger cited

Becker’s Hospital Review reports about recent research from Penn Medicine about ride-sharing services for low-income patients and missed medical appointments.

State News:

WPVI-TV reports that Philadelphia hospitals are preparing for the parade to celebrate the Eagles’ Super Bowl win. HAP members cited

National News:

The New York Times reports about a possible deal to avoid a federal shutdown.

The Hill reports about the House’s short-term government funding bill which includes bipartisan Medicare reforms.

KCUR reports, “A proposed telemedicine bill has Kansas medical providers pushing for a new chance to make their services eligible for reimbursement.”

Opioids:

The Post-Gazette reports, “Allegheny County in 2017 broke its record for fatal overdoses, just as it did the year before, and the year before that.”

Medicare and Medicaid:

Modern Healthcare reports about the challenges faced by long-term care providers now required to implement stewardship programs.

Insurance and Managed Care:

A Philadelphia Inquirer physician columnist discusses Anthem’s new policy of denying payment for “inappropriate” emergency room visits.

Workforce:

HealthLeaders Media reports that about 16 percent of U.S. nonprofit hospital organizations will be affected by the new excise tax on highly paid employees.

Medical News:

The Reading Eagle reports that Reading Hospital has opened an alternate flu site to treat the influx of patients.

The Express-Times reports about seasonal flu cases in Pennsylvania.

CNBC reports that rapid flu tests are only about 50 to 70 percent accurate, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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