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November 5, 2018

Member News:

The Tribune-Democrat reports that UPMC and Somerset Hospital have reached a binding integration and affiliation agreement.

The Erie Times-News reports that Allegheny Health Network and LECOM Health have signed an affiliation agreement with Warren General Hospital.

The Tribune-Review reports that the under-construction Allegheny Health Network hospital in Hempfield will include a cancer center. HAP members cited

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

The Philadelphia Business Journal reports about the unveiling of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s $75 million clinical manufacturing facility.

Community and Economic Impact of Hospitals:

The Erie Times-News reports that the city of Corry will become the first Blue Zones community in northeastern United States. HAP members cited

Technology:

Kaiser Health News reports about the conflict between hospital software and daylight saving time.

State News:

The Associated Press reports about where Democratic Governor Tom Wolf and Republican nominee Scott Wagner stand on key issues.

National News:

Kaiser Health News reports about the federal rollback of disability rules outlined in the Affordable Care Act.

NBC reports about hospital programs that help patients vote on Election Day. Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania cited

The Boston Globe reports about the success of California’s “more lenient” nurse staffing legislation as Massachusetts residents prepare to vote.

Health Reform:

The Hill reports about Medicaid ballot initiatives in four red states.

In a related article, CNBC also reports about the story.

The Hill reports about the political focus on pre-existing condition protections.

Opioids:

STAT reports about federal approval of a new opioid as an alternative to IV painkillers used in hospitals, despite controversy surrounding its extreme potency.

Medicare and Medicaid:

Healthcare Dive reports about cuts as much as $380 million during 2019 contained in the newly finalized outpatient prospective payment system final rule.

In a related article, FierceHealthcare reports that the American Hospital Association plans to file suit against the new site-neutral payment changes.

Health IT:

Becker’s Hospital Review reports that ransomware SamSam continues to affect health care organizations.

Workforce:

The Lehigh Valley Business reports about hospitals’ challenges because of the physician shortage. HAP members cited

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