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April 9, 2019

Member News:

The Unionville Times reports that Claire Mooney, DNP, MBA, RN, CCRN, NEA-BC has been named President and CEO of Jennersville Hospital.

NorthcentralPA.com reports, “UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport recently achieved American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO) Accreditation in Radiation Oncology.”

The News-Chronicle reports that Summit Health and WellSpan Health are adding new specialty services in Shippensburg. (Subscription required)

State Budget:

Becker’s ASC Review reports that the state’s proposed budget includes a tax on ambulatory surgery centers.

Technology:

FierceHealthcare reports that Google, IBM, and others are teaming up with the Consumer Technology Association to develop best practices for using artificial intelligence in health care.

Quality and Patient Safety:

Reuters reports about errors removing hospital gowns and gloves that may spread bacteria.

State News:

Becker’s Hospital Review reports that surprise medical bills are rare in southwest Pennsylvania. HAP members cited

National News:

Vox reports “in two charts” why health care administrative costs are high.

NPR reports that more than 100,000 children—one in eight—have been cut from Tennessee’s health insurance coverage during the past few years.

STAT reports about a successful initiative to address social determinants of health in a small town in northern California.

Health Reform:

The Hill reports that Senator Bernie Sanders is expected to propose an updated version of Medicare for All legislation.

CNN reports with an update about the release of a national health care plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Medicare and Medicaid:

Modern Healthcare reports about MedPAC recommendations to update Medicare’s payment adjustment to rural and low-volume dialysis facilities.

Health IT:

ZDNET reports that Microsoft is discontinuing its HealthVault personal health record service.

Workforce:

NPR reports about the increasing number of workplace violence cases in health care facilities.

Axios reports about the high cost of employer-provided health insurance.

Medical News:

Becker’s Hospital Review reports that elevated flu activity in the U.S. is expected to continue for several more weeks.

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