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October 9, 2018

Member News:

The Tribune-Review reports that Allegheny Health Network broke ground for a new ten-bed hospital.

In a related article, the Pittsburgh Business Times also reports about the new facility.

The Bucks County Local reports about St. Mary Medical Center’s high ranking on the U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “best hospitals” in Pennsylvania.

The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that UPMC has opened a second UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Italy.

Community and Economic Impact of Hospitals:

The Sharon Herald reports that UPMC will invest $2 billion during the next five years to remake three of its Pittsburgh-based hospitals into specialty care centers.

NorthcentralPa.com reports that Evangelical Community Hospital received a grant award in support of the hospital’s Enhancing the Evangelical Experience Campaign.

Technology:

WTAJ-TV reports about Penn Highlands DuBois’ use of tele-ICU for 24/7 monitoring and remote physician visits for intensive care patients.

FierceHealthcare reports about legal barriers for telemedicine.

Quality and Patient Safety:

Kaiser Health News reports that millennial patients prefer the convenience of retail clinics and urgent care centers over waiting for a doctor’s office appointment.

National News:

Healthcare Dive reports that a second-quarter Health Sector Trend Reports shows health care costs have increased by 5 percent.

HealthLeaders Media reports about limiting waste in hospital supply chains.

FierceHealthcare reports about PricewaterhouseCoopers’ four models of the “provider of the future.”

FierceHealthcare reports that high-deductible employer-based insurance plans are contributing to the “crushing” financial burdens of medical care for low-income adults.

Health Reform:

The Lehigh Valley Business reports that the Administration’s plan to extend association health plans to individuals and small employers has stalled in Pennsylvania.

Medicare and Medicaid:

FierceHealthcare reports about increased oversight of the organizations that inspect hospitals, providers, and others that participate in the Medicare program.

HealthLeaders Media reports that Medicare Advantage plan insurers increasingly are shifting their financial exposure to providers through full-risk and global risk models.

Health IT:

Reuters reports, “Getting access to your own medical records might be a lot harder than you think, a new study suggests.”

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