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February 9, 2018

Member News:

The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Radnor Patch report about a new Main Line Health facility that will focus on women’s health.

Technology:

The Times Leader reports about Commonwealth Health’s TAVR heart procedure for patients unable to undergo traditional open-heart surgery.

FierceHealthcare reports, “A team at Penn State University will build a research ‘collaboratory’ designed to take advantage of big data to improve population health initiatives.”

WNEP-TV reports about Geisinger’s new Mako Robotic Arm used for joint replacement surgeries.

Quality and Patient Safety:

Healthcare Informatics reports about Geisinger’s Fresh Food Farmacy pilot.

An Engaging Patients blog post by HAP’s Janette Bisbee, project manager, states, “Utilizing empowerment in the health care setting is a well-designed lesson plan that results in satisfying outcomes for us all.” HAP cited

State News:

The Times-Tribune reports, “The state House and Senate are expected to miss today’s state Supreme Court-ordered deadline to have a new congressional district map done…”

The Central Penn Business Journal reports about a second workers’ compensation increase effective April 1.

National News:

Kaiser Health News reports about health care-related programs included in the new two-year budget deal.

In related articles, HealthLeaders Media and Modern Healthcare report about how the newly signed budget deal affects health care.

CNBC reports that prescription drug spending increased 1.5 percent last year for private employer and individual health plans.

The Hill reports that the White House has released a 28-page proposal to fight high drug costs.

Kaiser Health News reports about the growing demand for health care among the nearly 17 million Americans that live in poverty in suburban areas.

Health Reform:

The Associated Press reports about enrollment numbers for 2018 health insurance.

In a related article, Kaiser Health News also reports about the story.

Opioids:

Reuters reports that the new federal budget deal includes an estimated $1.5 billion during the coming ten years to help fight the opioid epidemic.

Emergency Preparedness:

FierceHealthcare reports about four emergency planning lessons learned from Hurricane Harvey.

Workforce:

The Morning Call reports that Lehigh Valley Health Network has cut 70 management positions. HAP members cited

Medical News:

NBC News reports about a new study that indicates that drug-resistant superbug germs exist in hospital plumbing systems.

The Post-Gazette reports, “More U.S. children than previously thought may be suffering from neurological damage because their mothers drank alcohol during pregnancy…”

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