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March 7, 2018

Member News:

Becker’s Hospital Review reports about the selection of Joseph T. Sawyer Jr., as president of Guthrie’s Robert Packer Hospital.

The Ardmore Patch and the West Chester Patch report about area hospitals that have been named by Healthgrades as among the nation’s top 100 hospitals for sustained high-quality outcomes. HAP members cited

The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that Allegheny Health Network has started construction of its AHN Cancer Institute Academic Center at Allegheny General Hospital.

Community and Economic Impact of Hospitals:

The Philadelphia Tribune reports about Main Line Health’s new community partnership, Together for West Philadelphia.

The Tribune-Review reports about UPMC Cole’s commitment to the community and patient care.

Quality and Patient Safety:

KDKA reports about a nationwide study about the health effects of inducing labor. Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC cited

Kaiser Health News reports to consumers about “shopping incentives.” Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation cited

NPR reports about hospital care at home.

State News:

The Tribune-Review reports that UPMC has released new guidelines for doctors who are interested in certifying patients for medical marijuana treatment.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports about a recent hearing about adding work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries.

National News:

Kaiser Health News reports about strengthened and expanded protections for conservative doctors, nurses, and other providers.


The Morning Call reports, “Overdoses in Pennsylvania emergency rooms nearly doubled from 2016 to 2017, making it one of the hardest hit states in the opioid crisis…”

Kaiser Health News reports about opioid tolerance from daily, long-term use that diminishes pain relief effectiveness.

In a related article, the Tribune-Review also reports about the newly published study about long-term opioid use for chronic pain.

Medicare and Medicaid:

Home Health Care News reports about U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar’s support for value-based payment models.

Insurance and Managed Care:

The Associated Press reports that UnitedHealthcare will beginning next year pass drugmaker rebates along to some consumers.

Medical News:

The Morning Call reports about deaths in Pennsylvania from the seasonal flu.

CNN reports that hip, knee, and other joint replacement surgeries now are among the most common elective surgeries in the country. Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania cited

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