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March 8, 2018

State Budget:

WHYY reports about how the past year’s “sweeping gambling overhaul” is affecting state revenues.

Community and Economic Impact of Hospitals:

The Daily Princetonian reports, “The University of Pennsylvania Health System’s recent acquisition of Princeton Health is a major step in improving access to medical care for the region.”

Technology:

Healthcare Dive reports about increasing consumer demand for digital health services.

Quality and Patient Safety:

Healthcare Dive reports about a new report that predicts that patient safety will become a core value proposition for providers during the next four years.

State News:

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports about PILOTs.

The Daily Item reports about variations in medical pricing. HAP members cited

National News:

The Associated Press reports that Cigna will spend about $52 billion to acquire Express Scripts.

Reuters reports that Amazon is expanding its discounted Prime membership offer to Medicaid recipients.

Modern Healthcare reports about not-for-profit hospital credit downgrades during 2017. HAP members and HAP cited

A STAT physician opinion discusses hospital bills.

Opioids:

Bloomberg reports with an update about the more than 350 lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors.

The Patriot-News reports about Pennsylvania’s increase in emergency department cases involving opioid overdoses.

In a related article, WHYY also reports about the story.

Medicare and Medicaid:

HealthLeaders Media reports about the successful federal program for chronic care management.

Workforce:

The Altoona Mirror reports, “Local nurses are calling for state-mandated staff ratios, pushing for the passage of legislation that would set the number of patients nurses can attend to.”

Medical News:

CBS Philly reports about the dramatic increase in the number of teens diagnosed with kidney stones. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia cited

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