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October 5, 2018

Member News:

The Pittsburgh Business Times reports, “Allegheny Health Network’s Jefferson Hospital is now offering outpatient child and adolescent psychiatric care…”

The Gettysburg Times reports about the new Interventional Cardiology Program at Wellspan Gettysburg Hospital’s Heart Center. (Subscription required)

The Erie Times-News reports that UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute at Saint Vincent Hospital both are expected to open during fall 2019.

The Philadelphia Business Journal reports that Penn Medicine has launched a precision medicine initiative for Parkinson’s disease research.

Technology:

A Tribune-Democrat opinion by HAP President and CEO Andy Carter and AARP Pennsylvania State Director Bill Johnston-Walsh stresses the importance of Senate Bill 780, state telemedicine legislation. HAP cited

State News:

The Lehigh Valley Business reports about a newly proposed $100 million medical and retail campus, including a micro-hospital, in the Poconos area.

National News:

NPR reports that patients in a recent study gave higher ratings to physician visits that resulted in an antibiotics prescription for respiratory tract infections, often unnecessary for a common cold.

Becker’s Hospital Review reports about Tennessee-based Envision Healthcare’s new digital video campaign targeting surprise medical bills.

The Hill reports that the U.S. added 134,000 jobs during September.

In a related article, NPR reports that U.S. unemployment has dropped to 3.7 percent.

Becker’s Hospital Review reports via interview with Moody’s Investor Services about trends in nonprofit hospital medians, technology, and social determinants of health.

Opioids:

KYW Newsradio reports that Philadelphia’s mayor has ordered the creation of an emergency response group to fight the opioid epidemic.

Emergency Preparedness:

The Associated Press reports that missed deadlines is one of the most common reasons the Federal Emergency Management Agency denies appeals for disaster funding.

Medicare and Medicaid:

FierceHealthcare reports, “…the Trump administration is looking at ways to expand site-neutral payments to other areas of care.”

A Hill opinion reports about the success of Medicare Part D, and the importance of strengthening and protecting the program.

Insurance and Managed Care:

A Philadelphia Inquirer blog by HAP’s Jolene Calla discusses the upcoming health insurance marketplace open enrollment. HAP cited

Workforce:

The Tribune-Review reports about efforts among UPMC Presbyterian workers to unionize. HAP members cited

Home Health Care News reports that Amazon’s recent worker wage increase will further challenge the home health industry’s ability to attract and retain workers.

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