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January 4, 2019

Member News:

The Pittsburgh Business Times reports about the opening of Allegheny Health Network’s Citizens School of Nursing.

Becker’s Hospital Review reports that Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health purchased Lancaster Neuroscience & Spine Associates.

State Budget:

WBRE-TV reports about state lawmakers’ priorities for the coming year, highlighting the passage of an on-time budget.

Technology:

STAT reports about the continuing debate surrounding newborn genomic sequencing.

Quality and Patient Safety:

CNN reports that emergency rooms are being flooded with patients needing mental health care.

Reuters reports about “superbug” MRSA bacteria found on ambulance oxygen tanks.

State News:

The Altoona Mirror reports that Pennsylvania voters will fill two vacancies in the state House in special elections scheduled for March 12.

National News:

Healthcare Dive reports that, according to an American Hospital Association survey, U.S. hospitals provided $38.4 billion worth of uncompensated care during 2017.

Modern Healthcare reports that the new Democratic House will hold hearings about a single-payor health system concept.

CNN reports that U.S. employers added 312,000 jobs during December, well above expectations.

HealthLeaders Media reports that the health care sector created one in seven new jobs in the U.S. during 2018.

A STAT opinion discusses Google’s “…quiet metamorphosis into a powerhouse focused on the actual practice of medicine.”

Health Reform:

FierceHealthcare reports that final Healthcare.gov enrollment numbers dropped due to early cancellations.

Healthcare Dive reports that 17 Democratic state attorneys general filed a notice of appeal in response to a recent rule that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.

Opioids:

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the opioid crisis is contributing to shorter life expectancies.

Medicare and Medicaid:

WPMT-TV reports, “The new federal mandate requiring hospitals to post standard prices on their websites has some people stumped.” HAP members and HAP cited

Healthcare Dive reports that the first two years of the mandatory Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement bundled payment model saw a reduction of only 3 percent in spending.

Workforce:

The Times Leader reports with an update about nurse contract negotiations at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

The Philadelphia Business Journal reports about minimum wage increases at area hospitals and health systems. HAP members cited

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