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November 30, 2018

Member News: reports about UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport’s opening of a new inpatient pediatrics unit.

The Ellwood City Ledger reports about a new refinancing deal for Ellwood City Medical Center.


HealthLeaders Media reports about the growth of telehealth.

Quality and Patient Safety: reports that UPMC Susquehanna now offers gender reveal boxes to expecting parents.

FierceHealthcare reports about treating victims of human trafficking. reports about new study results that suggest that a large proportion of patients may not be honest with their doctor about important health-related details.

National News:

Reuters reports about increased consumer spending during October.

Regulatory Focus reports, “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is not just seeing an increase in drug shortages but also a spike in the intensity and duration of shortages…”

NPR reports that some hospitals are reconsidering having sales reps in the operating room.

Healthcare Dive reports about a new Fitch Ratings report about a stable outlook for health care during the coming year, although profitability “could be elusive for some players.”

Health Reform:

Kaiser Health News reports about recent federal changes that allow states more flexibility in the use of health insurance subsidies.


The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that Pennsylvania is the first state that will receive funding from a $50 billion Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative.

In a related article, the Associated Press also reports about the story, citing Pennsylvania.

The Pittsburgh Patch reports about new federal statistics about opioid overdose deaths.

Emergency Preparedness:

KDKA-TV reports about a recent hazardous materials incident at UPMC McKeesport.

Insurance and Managed Care:

The Carlisle Sentinel reports about a decrease in the insured rate among the country’s children.


The Tribune-Democrat reports that contract negotiations have resumed at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

Medical News:

NBC reports that worldwide measles cases are up 30 percent.

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