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May 10, 2019

Member News:

Lehigh Valley Business reports that St. Luke’s University Health Network has opened a new obstetrics and gynecology office.

The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reports that Evangelical Community Hospital has been named one of the healthiest employers in the U.S.

The Saucon Source reports that St. Luke’s University Health Network has earned the most HAP Achievement Awards since 2010.

The Express reports about a new partnership between UPMC Susquehanna and Lock Haven University, which provides new technology for health education students and helps address health workforce issues.

Technology:

Healio reports that the use of telemedicine for infectious disease diagnoses has shown positive results. Lehigh Valley Health Network cited

Quality and Patient Safety:

WFMZ-TV reports about the link between gun violence and the lack of mental health insurance coverage.

State News:

WHTM-TV reports that Governor Wolf recognized nurses at Penn State Hershey Medical Center during National Nurses Week.

The Shippensburg News-Chronicle reports that Attorney General Shapiro is recommending a statewide Grand Jury to review possible fraud in the Pennsylvania Medical Assistance Program. Subscription required

The Pittsburgh City Paper reports that nurses gathered at the state Capitol in support of safer staffing ratios.

National News:

Healthcare Dive reports that Ford Motor Company is offering GoRide Health non-emergency medical transport services.

Healthcare Dive reports that Kaiser Permanente launched a new social health network to reduce homelessness and food insecurity.

Medicare and Medicaid:

CNBC reports that the Trump Administration is encouraging legislation to end surprise medical bills.

The Inquirer reports about a new Rand Corporation report showing that employer-sponsored insurance plans can pay up to three times more than Medicare for some hospital services. HAP and HAP members cited

Health IT:

Healthcare Dive reports that health care is still subject to security breaches due to credit card hacking and employees who misuse patient data.

Insurance and Managed Care:

Pennsylvania Watchdog reports that Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Altman briefed the state House Insurance Committee on a state-based health insurance exchange program. HAP cited

Workforce:

Healthcare Dive reports that the turnover rate for hospital CEOs has dropped compared to 2018.

Erie News Now reports that several state Senators are predicting an increase in Pennsylvania’s minimum wage this year.

Miscellaneous:

The Post-Gazette reports that physicians feel the health care system nationally is “on an unsustainable course” because 60 to 70 percent of their time is spent on claims processing rather than patient care.

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