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March 13, 2019

Member News:

WFMZ-TV reports that Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania soon will expand with the opening of its new Skyline Unit.

The Daily Local reports that Penn Medicine will provide home health services.

The Lehigh Valley Business reports that St. Luke’s University Health Network will open a fourth rural health clinic.

Becker’s Hospital Review reports that Geisinger and Highmark have completed a joint venture agreement that will include building a new hospital.

In a related article, NorthcentralPA.com also reports about the story.

Community and Economic Impact of Hospitals:

NorthcentralPA.com reports about UPMC Susquehanna’s recently launched senior wellness program.

Quality and Patient Safety:

The Erie Times-News reports about continuing efforts among hospitals to prevent maternal complications during childbirth. HAP members cited

State News:

The Morning Call reports about access to care concerns in the region with highlights from a recent interview with Terry Purcell, Lehigh Valley Health Network administrator.

A Philadelphia Inquirer editorial discusses food insecurity.

National News:

FierceHealthcare reports that the American Medical Association is calling for a comment period extension for two newly released information blocking and interoperability rules.

HealthLeaders Media reports about talking with patients about avoiding surprise medical bills.

Medicare and Medicaid:

FierceHealthcare reports that a Medicare public option could further reduce payments to U.S. hospitals.

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

Insurance and Managed Care:

FierceHealthcare reports that UnitedHealth Group, beginning during 2020, will offer drug discounts directly to members.

Kaiser Health News reports about new types of insurance plans with premiums that are 15 to 30 percent lower but place more burden and risk on consumers.

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