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August 3, 2018

Member News:

The Delaware County Daily News reports that Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital earned its seventh consecutive federal Energy Star certification for superior energy efficiency.

The Tribune-Review reports that local officials approved UPMC’s plan for a $400 million expansion of UPMC Mercy.

The Daily Item reports about UPMC AnywhereCare.

Community and Economic Impact of Hospitals:

The Bradford Era reports that UPMC Cole is prominently featured as a “bright spot” in a new report about community strengths and support for a culture of health.


Healthcare IT News reports about building a technology infrastructure on which AI and machine-learning algorithms can run.

Healthcare Dive reports that Geisinger and AstraZeneca have launched a suite of digital apps for asthma patients.

MPR News reports about high-tech badges that monitor hospital workers’ hand hygiene.

Quality and Patient Safety:

A Hill opinion discusses mental substance abuse treatments as an important facet of comprehensive health care.

State News:

Healthcare Finance News reports about strong financial growth among several Pennsylvania hospitals. HAP members cited

The Central Penn Business Journal reports about the state’s decision to revoke temporary regulations governing medical marijuana research.

National News:

The New York Times reports that 157,000 U.S. jobs were added during July.

FierceHealthcare reports about a newly released PricewaterhouseCoopers report about second quarter 2018 health care mergers and acquisitions.

Healthcare Dive reports about the launch of Walgreens’ Find Care Now online marketplace connecting site visitors to its clinics and health care services.

Health Reform:

Healthcare Dive reports about a new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis about national health insurance coverage and market stability.

LancasterOnline reports about the Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner’s warning to consumers about short-term health insurance plans.


The New York Times reports about the lack of oversight to control prescriptions of a fast-acting class of fentanyl drugs.

A Patriot-News opinion discusses how Pennsylvania could do more to affect the state’s opioid overdose epidemic.

Medicare and Medicaid:

Modern Healthcare reports about hospital frustration surrounding shorter behavioral health stays for Medicaid patients. Universal Health Services cited

FierceHealthcare reports about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ final rule regarding price transparency and interoperability.

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