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December 14, 2017

Member News:

Bisnow reports with an update about the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s new patient pavilion.

Quality and Patient Safety:

FierceHealthcare reports about promoting telehealth services for seniors.

Medicalxpress reports about a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania that shows minorities are less likely than white Americans to see a doctor for psoriasis treatment.

State News:

The Daily Pennsylvanian reports about a new analysis that indicates that one in five Philadelphia residents faces food insecurity.

National News:

The Hill reports about federal lawmakers seeking to block proposed cuts to the 340B drug program.

Bloomberg reports that the Republicans' compromise tax bill contains language to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate.

FierceHealthcare reports about the Office of Inspector General’s advisory regarding regulation of real-time data sharing partnerships.

The New York Times reports that some prescription medications may cost more with insurance than without.

Modern Healthcare reports, “By 2019, nearly 60 percent of medical practices' Medicare revenue will come from pay models that require the providers to take downside risk…”

STAT reports that the burden of measuring and reporting quality is becoming an obstacle to improving it.

Health Reform:

The Los Angeles Times reports, “Fewer Americans are putting off doctor visits or struggling with medical bills, according to a new report examining the effect of the Affordable Care Act.”

The New York Times reports about the nearly 4.7 million sign-ups at Healthcare.gov, despite federal cutbacks and other efforts to minimize open enrollment.

The Tribune-Democrat reports about the looming deadline for open enrollment sign-ups.

Opioids:

The Associated Press reports, “Across the U.S., soaring use of heroin and other opioids has sent tens of thousands of kids flooding into the foster care system…”

Medicare and Medicaid:

Home Health Care News reports about Pennsylvania’s Community HealthChoices initiative.

Workforce:

FierceHealthcare reports, “The American College of Physicians has called for pay equity for all physicians.”

FierceHealthcare reports that a new white paper indicates an emerging shortage of specialty physicians, in addition to primary care doctors.

Medical News:

WITF reports that a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates the number of people worldwide that die annually from seasonal flu.

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