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January 8, 2019

Member News:

The News-Item reports that Geisinger Medical Center received its third Magnet recognition and Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital received its first. (Subscription required)

The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that UPMC is planning a second hospital in Italy.

Community and Economic Impact of Hospitals:

The Daily American reports that Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center and Meyersdale Family Health Care employees recently donated gifts to the local Angel Tree Program.

Technology:

Reuters reports that most people in the U.S. with health insurance don’t use the patient portals that are provided for online communication.

Quality and Patient Safety:

Healthcare Dive reports about new survey results about what patients want from providers.

National News:

The Lehigh Valley Business reports about Civica Rx’s founding members. HAP members cited

Becker’s Hospital Review reports about average hospital expenses per inpatient day by state.

Kaiser Health News reports about how quality patient care at home helps rural hospitals.

HealthLeaders Media reports that the federal judge’s recent ruling that blocked the cut in 340B reimbursements is a credit positive for non-profit hospitals, according to Moody’s.

Home Health Care News reports about top trends in home health care for 2019.

Reuters reports about California’s new strategy for purchasing prescription drugs.

In a related article, CNN reports that California’s newly sworn-in governor took the first step to provide Medicaid coverage to undocumented young adults.

Opioids:

The Times reports about Pennsylvania’s continuing efforts to battle the opioid crisis.

Workforce:

A Hill opinion states, “Something needs to be done to improve quality of life for physicians.”

Medical News:

WTAJ-TV reports about seasonal flu activity in Pennsylvania and across the nation.

USA Today reports, “Americans have gotten heavier and thicker in the 21st century…”

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