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October 8, 2018

Member News:

The Intelligencer reports with an update about the construction of St. Luke’s University Health Network’s new Milford hospital.

Connect FM reports that Jefferson Manor Health Center has affiliated with Penn Highlands Healthcare.

Becker’s Hospital Review reports that Main Line Health has been named among 15 health systems with strong financials, according to Moody’s.

The Erie Times-News reports that UPMC Hamot has broken ground for its new $111 million patient tower.

LancasterOnline reports about Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health’s plans for a new pediatric unit.

Community and Economic Impact of Hospitals:

WENY News reports that Guthrie hospitals are offering Saturday appointments in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Technology:

HealthPayer Intelligence reports about a newly released report supporting the benefits and patient satisfaction of telemedicine.

State News:

A Central Penn Business Journal opinion discusses medical marijuana and workers compensation claims.

National News:

Becker’s Hospital Review reports about new study results about hospital investments in revenue cycle technology.

Modern Healthcare reports that, during September, hospitals lead the industry with 47 percent of total health care hiring.

Healthcare Dive reports that the CVS/Aetna merger is on track to be approved.

Opioids:

The Bradford Era reports that federal opioid legislation includes four provisions lead by U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and five provisions led by U.S. Senator Bob Casey.

Kaiser Health News reports about proposed legislation to thwart the misuse of hospice medications.

HealthLeaders Media reports that the federal opioid legislation could remove barriers to telehealth treatment for opioid abuse.

Medicare and Medicaid:

The Sun-Gazette reports that UPMC and Highmark announced new Medicare Advantage products for the 2019 plan year.

Insurance and Managed Care:

The Hill reports that insurers in the individual market have seen better financial success during 2018 than prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Workforce:

HealthLeaders Media reports about physician leadership programs.

Medical News:

STAT reports, “The length of the flu season may vary depending on where you live…”

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