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March 12, 2018

Member News:

The Daily Local News reports that Chestnut Hill Hospital has been named one of the 100 Best Hospitals in the U.S. by Healthgrades and IBM Watson Health.

The Erie Times-News reports that Saint Vincent Hospital and Allegheny Health Network are building the AHN Health + Wellness Pavillion East Side.

The Central Penn Business Journal reports, “In a new pilot study, Geisinger is offering a lifetime of free follow-up care to patients who receive implants such as hip replacements.” (Subscription required)

State Budget:

U.S. News & World Report reports that Governor Wolf is proposing banning gifts to state officials and suspending pay for himself, lawmakers, and others when the annual budget deadline is not met.

Community and Economic Impact of Hospitals:

The Lehigh Valley Business reports, "For 150 years, the Reading Hospital/Tower Health have been the centerpiece for health care in the [region]..."

Quality and Patient Safety:

HealthLeaders Media reports about Patient Safety Awareness Week.

State News:

CBS Philly reports with an update about Medicaid work requirements.

National News:

FierceHealthcare reports, “The loss of rural hospitals and services in recent years has an impact on patient care in tangible ways…”

Market Watch reports that the proposed merger of Cigna and Express Scripts could lead to higher consumer prices.

HealthLeaders Media reports that hospitals in California and Tennessee have improved outcomes in the ICU while cutting costs.

Health Reform:

NPR reports that some states are implementing their own individual mandates.

HealthLeaders Media reports that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has given Idaho notice to correct new health insurance offerings to comply with current law.

Opioids:

The Standard-Journal reports that Evangelical Community Hospital has seen a jump in the use of Narcan by first responders.

FierceHealthcare reports about a new study that indicates an increase in the rate of children hospitalized for opioid ingestion.

NPR reports about a new study showing non-opioid painkillers are as effective as opioids in treating chronic pain.

Medicare and Medicaid:

Reuters reports about newly released study results about a common—but not necessarily beneficial—knee surgery among older patients with Medicare.

Kaiser Health News reports that Medicaid has become the financial foundation of rural hospitals.

Workforce:

The Daily Item reports that Evangelical Community Hospital has collaborated with a local school to create a program aimed at alleviating the workforce shortage.

Modern Healthcare reports about the second consecutive month that the health care industry saw declines in hiring.

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