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July 5, 2018

Member News:

The Central Penn Business Journal reports about the new affiliation agreement between WellSpan Health and Summit Health.

Lehigh Valley Business reports about St. Luke’s University Health Network’s new medical helicopter.

Healthcare Dive reports that Humana and private equity firms TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, completed the acquisition of Kindred Healthcare.

The Central Penn Business Journal reports that WellSpan Health has opened a new primary care practice.

ButlerRadio.com reports that Butler Memorial Hospital received accreditation as a stroke center from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program.

State Budget:

The Central Penn Business Journal reports that Pennsylvania ended its fiscal year with a surplus.


Healthcare Dive reports, “Digital health funding continued to break records in the first half of 2018…”

Modern Healthcare reports that more states are allowing telemedicine providers to prescribe controlled substances.

Quality and Patient Safety:

Healthcare Dive reports about a new analysis that highlights inequities in health care and how to help patients.

National News:

FierceHealthcare reports that a U.S. Senate committee is requesting $50 million in new funding to reduce the country’s high rate of women who die during pregnancy or childbirth.

Kaiser Health News reports that several states are moving forward with Medicaid work requirements.

Healthcare Finance News reports about drug company payments to doctors and hospitals.

Forbes reports about the ten most expensive prescription drugs used in the U.S.

Health Reform:

HealthLeaders Media reports about the recently issued federal reports about Marketplace enrollment.

In a related article, Healthcare Dive also reports about the story.


The Daily Local News reports about Chester County Hospital’s protocols for treating babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.

The Pike County Courier reports about medication-assisted treatment. Geisinger cited

In a related article, The Patriot-News also reports about the story. HAP members cited

Medicare and Medicaid:

HealthLeaders Media reports about a proposed update to the payment model for home health care agencies.


Kaiser Health News reports that more nurse practitioners are pursuing residency programs.

STAT reports about “hierarchies and gender dynamics” within clinical teams.

The Citizens’ Voice reports that First Hospital Wyoming Valley nurses ratified a labor contract with Community Health Systems.

Medical News:

STAT reports about a new blood test for sepsis. Geisinger cited

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