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February 4, 2019

Member News:

The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that Somerset Hospital has officially joined UPMC.

In a related article, WTAE-TV also reports about the story.

The Herald reports about UPMC’s investment in cancer care, including the newly renovated Hillman Cancer Center at UPMC Horizon Shenango Valley.

State Budget:

The Herald reports about the upcoming state budget negotiations.

Technology:

The Citizens’ Voice reports that Commonwealth Health as added surgical robots at Regional Hospital of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Quality and Patient Safety:

WESA reports that people with mental illness are waiting up to a year or more for treatment.

State News:

The Times Leader reports that Pennsylvania’s Auditor General will continue state efforts to ensure everything is being done to protect children from neglect and abuse.

The Pennsylvania Business Report reports with an update about the potential negative impacts of the proposed repeal of a medical malpractice lawsuit rule.

National News:

The Hill reports about negotiations to avoid another partial federal government shutdown.

Kaiser Health News reports about winners and losers under the Trump Administration’s newly proposed changes to drug rebates.

HealthLeaders Media reports that Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives finalized their merger. The new system will be known as CommonSpirit Health.

Health Reform:

HealthLeaders Media reports that four states are joining the coalition defending the Affordable Care Act in court.

Bloomberg reports that a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by the state of Maryland seeking a ruling that the Affordable Care Act is lawful even without the tax penalty.

Opioids:

The Los Angeles Times reports with an update about the opioid crisis.

Flu Vaccine:

The Times reports that Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine continues to urge Pennsylvanians to get their flu shot.

Health IT:

Healthcare IT News reports about ransomware attacks for 2019 and beyond.

Medical News:

CNN reports that, according to the American Heart Association, nearly half of all adults in the United States have some type of cardiovascular disease.

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