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April 10, 2019

Member News:

The Lehigh Valley Business reports that Lehigh Valley Health Network will open two new ExpressCARE locations.

State Budget:

A Patriot-News opinion stresses the critical need for more state Medicaid funding for nursing homes.

Quality and Patient Safety:

The Philly Voice reports about the success of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s “Healing at Home” pilot program for new mothers and their babies.

HealthLeaders Media reports about the value of patient advocates.

State News:

The Centre Daily Times reports about the critical need for access to high-speed broadband in Pennsylvania’s rural areas.

The Citizens’ Voice reports about successful efforts at Geisinger Community Medical Center to end surprise billing for emergency room services.

National News:

Healthcare Dive reports with an update about federal legislation proposing site-neutral payment rate changes.

Healthcare Dive reports with an update about the federal proposal to remove existing safe harbor protections for drug rebates.

Medpage Today reports about significant increases in emergency room visits during 2017 for suicide attempts and suicide ideation among children in the U.S.

CBS reports that New York City has declared a public health emergency because of the growing number of measles cases.

Health Reform:

HealthLeaders Media reports about new Medicaid block grant legislation proposed by the Trump Administration.

Opioids:

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports about nationwide lawsuits and investigations about the marketing of opioids.

Medicare and Medicaid:

Healthcare Dive reports that new flexibility in Medicare Advantage plans for 2020 will include additional telehealth benefits for patients treated at home.

Workforce:

WBRE-TV reports about Geisinger Health System’s AIM HI program to introduce high school students to medical careers.

Medical News:

The Daily Pennsylvanian reports about more cases of mumps among students at Drexel University, West Chester University, and Penn State University.

The Hill reports about a new spike in U.S. measles cases.

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