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February 8, 2018

Advance Directives:

Healthcare Dive reports that more hospitals are adding palliative care programs as a way to offer value-based end-of-life care.

Member News:

The Pocono Record reports that St. Luke’s has opened St. Luke’s Health Center Brodheadsville.

The Daily Item reports about Geisinger CEO Dr. David Feinberg’s future plans for the health system.

The Philadelphia Business Journal reports via interview with Tower Health CEO Clint Matthews about entering the southeastern Pennsylvania health care market. (Subscription required)

Community and Economic Impact of Hospitals:

Philadelphia Magazine reports that Philadelphia was rated among the top 25 cities to live for four out of the five fastest-growing career fields, including health care.

Technology:

The Pittsburgh Business Times reports about Washington Health System’s CertaScan Technologies’ Newborn Safety System.

Healthcare Dive reports, “Chatbots and virtual personal assistants may be coming to a hospital near you.”

State News:

The Cranberry Eagle reports with an update about telemedicine legislation. Butler Health System and HAP cited

The Post-Gazette reports about the state Supreme Court’s opinion explaining its gerrymandering order overturning Pennsylvania’s congressional district map.

National News:

The Hill reports about the Senate budget deal.

In a related article, FierceHealthcare reports that the new two-year bipartisan budget deal includes provisions to expand telehealth coverage and scale back Meaningful Use regulations.

Opioids:

Medscape reports that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed that physicians limit initial opioid painkiller prescriptions to seven days beginning in 2019.

The Washington Examiner reports about a new study about opioid prescribing patterns from 2009–2013 in employer-sponsored health plans.

Emergency Preparedness:

Newsweek reports that this flu season has resulted in record-breaking numbers of hospitalizations.

Medicare and Medicaid:

Becker’s Hospital Review reports about a new initiative to reduce the backlog of Medicare appeals.

FierceHealthcare reports, “Almost half of physician practices may be missing out on an opportunity to generate revenue by providing annual wellness visits to Medicare patients…”

Medical News:

WHYY reports that seasonal flu cases continue to increase. University of Pennsylvania cited

The Patriot-News reports that Penn State Hershey Medical Center now is using its LionReach trailer to manage the influx of flu patients. HAP members cited

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