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February 7, 2019

Member News:

The Lehigh Valley Business reports with an update about Lehigh Valley Health Network’s planned campus in Lower Nazareth Township.

NorthcentralPA.com reports that UPMC Susquehanna’s Cancer Center recently became part of UPMC Hillman Cancer Center network.

The Daily Item reports, “Evangelical Community Hospital and Geisinger have successfully negotiated the terms of a groundbreaking agreement...to enhance the level of medical care already afforded to the region.” (Subscription required)

The Bucks County Courier Times reports that Trinity Health is outsourcing its information technology services and consolidating its billing and payment operations.

In a related article, FierceHealthcare also reports about the story.

The Pennsylvania Business Central reports that Geisinger expanded its Women’s Health services to the Mount Union Area Medical Center.

Community and Economic Impact of Hospitals:

Erie News Now reports about LECOM Health Corry Memorial Hospital’s plans for a new independent senior living facility.

The Erie Times-News reports about the region’s Blue Zones Project to improve community health. HAP members cited

Technology:

The Philadelphia Business Journal reports that Holy Redeemer Health System is expanding its technology platform for post-acute care. (Subscription required)

Quality and Patient Safety:

Healthcare Dive reports that a new survey indicates that 28 percent of responding physicians said the prior authorization process led to serious or life-threatening adverse patient events.

National News:

The Associated Press reports that Walmart has rolled back to $4 the $40 cost to employees of a virtual doctor visit.

HealthLeaders Media reports about the growth in hospital prices.

FierceHealthcare reports that a new report from the American Hospital Association highlights the financial challenges faced by rural hospitals.

Emergency Preparedness:

ABC News reports that a patient tested negative for Ebola at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Workforce:

Home Health Care News reports, "As more states push to raise the minimum wage, home-based care companies must work harder than ever to attract and retain workers…"

Medical News:

WETM-TV reports to consumers about Guthrie’s interventional radiology services.

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