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October 10, 2018

Member News:

Healthcare Dive reports that Trinity Health is reporting a positive operating income in 2018 compared to a loss last year.

Becker’s Hospital Review reports that University of Pennsylvania Health System has been named one of the top 11 academic medical centers for clinical performance.

Becker’s Hospital Review reports about for-profit hospital sales and purchases. HAP members cited

The Tribune-Democrat reports that Conemaugh Health plans to open a new 7,600-square foot outpatient center.

Community and Economic Impact of Hospitals:

The Bradford Era reports about new murals painted by local artists that will be placed in the stairwells in the hospital.

National News:

The Chicago Tribune reports that Walgreens has increased employees hourly wages but are changing and eliminating some health insurance benefits.

Reuters reports that mental health costs are on the rise and could go into the trillions over the next ten plus years.

Kaiser Health News reports that the Trump Administration is set to sign two bills that would remove the “gag orders” from pharmacists.

NextPittsburgh.com reports that UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital is awarding a $1 million research prize to fund research focusing on women’s health issues.

Medicare and Medicaid:

Forbes reports an increase in the total number of seniors enrolling in Medicare Advantage plans due to insurers selling in new markets and more counties.

Kaiser Health News reports that the proposal to reimburse doctors for “check-in” telemedicine visits could discourage patient use because of a cost-sharing fee.

FierceHealthcare reports that Geisinger Health is one of the first providers to participate in the new voluntary bundled payment program of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Health IT:

Healthcare Dive reports that health care has taken the lead in the number of data breaches costing billions.

Workforce:

The Reading Eagle reports that nurses have ratified a new union contract at Pottstown Hospital.

Medical News:

The Tribune reports that UPMC has confirmed several cases of a rare disease in children.

Dark Daily reports that “genetic testing as part of primary care and precision medicine is under way….” Geisinger Health cited

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