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December 4, 2018

Member News:

The Mercury reports that Tower Health reduced charges by an average of about 30 percent at five of its local hospitals.

The Central Penn Business Journal reports via interview with Summit Health President and CEO Patrick O’Donnell. (Subscription required)

Community and Economic Impact of Hospitals:

WHYY reports about Lankenau Hospital’s Wellness Farm.

Technology:

The Philly Voice reports about the benefits and challenges of telemedicine. HAP members cited

Quality and Patient Safety:

WHTM-TV reports that WellSpan York Hospital has a new way to relieve anxiety for children preparing for surgery.

FierceHealthcare reports that America’s Essential Hospitals has compiled a digital library to guide conversations about the cost of care between patients and providers.

State News:

The Herald-Mail Media reports about updates to the state’s organ donation law. Chambersburg Hospital cited

The Tribune-Review reports that Pennsylvania soon will consider more medical conditions that may qualify for medical marijuana treatment.

National News:

POLITICO reports about a short-term spending deal to avert a federal government shutdown.

FierceHealthcare reports, “Hospitals saw a profitable October, spurred by a boost in volume and length of stays…” according to a newly released Kaufman Hall report.

FierceHealthcare reports about a newly released Moody’s outlook for not-for-profit health care organizations for 2019.

CNN reports that the city of Baltimore is suing the Trump Administration because of immigration policies that are preventing residents from accessing benefits.

Emergency Preparedness:

HealthLeaders Media reports about protecting nurses from an active shooter.

Medicare and Medicaid:

Kaiser Health News reports about surprise weekend nursing home inspections to deter understaffing.

Workforce:

Home Health Care News reports that the shortage of pediatric home care nurses is extending hospital stays for children who need their services.

WHYY reports about the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling confirming employers’ responsibility to protect employee data. UPMC cited

Medical News:

The Herald-Standard reports with tips from a Uniontown Hospital physician about staying safe during winter.

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