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December 5, 2018

Member News:

The Central Penn Business Journal reports via interview with new WellSpan Health President and CEO Roxanna Gapstur. (Subscription required)

The Lehigh Valley Business reports, “St. Luke’s University Hospital-Bethlehem campus has been named one of the top teaching hospitals by The Leapfrog Group…”

Becker’s Hospital Review reports that Tower Health recently acquired Premier Urgent Care’s 19 urgent care centers.

State Budget:

The Meadville Tribune reports, “Pennsylvania’s tax revenue reports continue to be rosy.”

Community and Economic Impact of Hospitals:

The Doylestown Patch reports that Doylestown Hospital now has a permanent medication disposal box for use by the community.

Quality and Patient Safety:

The Daily Local News reports that Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital has joined the “Good Food, Healthy Hospitals” initiative.

Becker’s Hospital Review reports that ambulance response times to cardiac arrest 911 calls are 10 percent longer in low-income areas, according to new study results.

A New York Times columnist reports about why hospitals should let patients sleep.

State News:

The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that Pittsburgh Mercy Health System announced Antonio Beltran as its new president and CEO.

The Patriot-News reports that Pennsylvania is ranked 27 among all states for the highest suicide rate between 2012 and 2016.

National News:

Becker’s Hospital Review reports with six revenue cycle predictions for 2019.

The Times Herald reports that 2019 Social Security payments will increase 2.8 percent.

HealthLeaders Media reports that the American Hospital Association and others have filed a legal suit challenging site-neutral outpatient payment reductions.

Health Reform:

Healthcare Dive reports that a new analysis indicates that restrictive provider networks are the norm at HealthCare.gov for 2019 coverage.

Medicare and Medicaid:

FierceHealthcare reports that, according to a federal report, almost half of Medicare patients in long-term care facilities have experienced harm resulting from medical care or lack of care.

Workforce:

The Philadelphia Business Journal reports about the new three-year contract between Tower Health and SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania for employees at Chestnut Hill Hospital. (Subscription required)

WFMZ-TV reports about an approved three-year contract between Tower Health and SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania for employees at Pottstown Hospital.

Medical News:

WTAJ-TV reports with an update about Pennsylvania’s seasonal flu activity.

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