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November 30, 2018

Member News:

NorthcentralPA.com 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.

Technology:

HealthLeaders Media reports about the growth of telehealth.

Quality and Patient Safety:

NorthcentralPa.com reports that UPMC Susquehanna now offers gender reveal boxes to expecting parents.

FierceHealthcare reports about treating victims of human trafficking.

News-Medical.net 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.

Opioids:

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.

Workforce:

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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