The Observer reports that UPMC Chautauqua (New York) President and CEO Betsy Wright will retire.
In a related article, the Buffalo Business First also reports about the story.
The Mercury reports that Tower Health has completed its acquisition of Premier Urgent Care, officially forming Tower Health Urgent Care.
WTAJ-TV reports about expectations for a difficult budget year.
Quality and Patient Safety:
The Public Opinion reports that Summit Health’s Chambersburg Hospital is planning tests on patient rooms following excessive moisture concerns.
The Chestnut Hill Local reports about Thanksgiving dinners provided to families with premature or sick babies at five area hospitals. HAP members cited
The Lehigh Valley Business reports about Pennsylvania’s Act 103, requiring insurers to reimburse ambulance companies for emergency care if a patient refuses transport to a hospital.
The Associated Press reports, “Pennsylvania’s auditor general is calling for expanded access to mental health services as a way to combat gun violence.”
Kaiser Health News reports about campaign contributions from the pharmaceutical industry to top lawmakers involved in efforts to alleviate skyrocketing drug prices.
HealthLeaders Media reports that the new Humana and Walgreens venture may be “a new competitive threat to hospital revenue.”
Modern Healthcare reports, “Ascension and recently merged CVS Health-Aetna are getting into the blockchain game, joining five other health care giants in a pilot of the technology.”
Modern Healthcare reports that Americans purchasing health insurance plans at the private exchange eHealth are taking advantage of short-term policy options.
Medicare and Medicaid:
Healthcare Dive reports about the newly issued final rule implementing the 340B Drug Pricing Program ceiling price penalties for manufacturers.
Kaiser Health News reports about cuts to nursing home payments to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions of nursing home patients.
Insurance and Managed Care:
WITF reports about the decrease in U.S. children that have health insurance.
The Cherry Hill Courier-Post reports about Jefferson Health System’s recent announcement about increasing its minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Reuters reports about patients with painful back problems that also may benefit from treatment for depression.
The Hill reports that federal officials are warning of a new tick species in the U.S. that is capable of spreading diseases to humans and other animals.
Becker’s Hospital Review reports that outpatient visits for flu-like symptoms are increasing nationwide.