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December 5, 2019

Member News:

The Daily Item reports that UPMC Susquehanna Sunbury will close.

WICU-TV reports that the final beam has been placed for UPMC Hamot’s new patient tower.

Technology:

mHealthIntelligence reports, “Commercial payers are jumping—or being pulled—aboard the telehealth bandwagon, according to a new analysis of state telehealth reimbursement laws.”

Quality and Patient Safety:

WNEP-TV reports about Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center’s new program to encourage mobility among surgical patients.

Healthcare Dive reports that disparities in health care in rural versus urban areas are getting worse.

Kaiser Health News reports, through a patient story, about the difficulties of obtaining a treatment estimate from an emergency room.

State News:

KYW Newsradio reports about the Wolf Administration’s opposition to federal changes to SNAP benefits.

National News:

Reuters reports that the American Hospital Association and others have filed a lawsuit to block the Trump Administration rule that mandates publishing pricing information.

FierceHealthcare reports about federal efforts to address alleged racial disparities in data algorithms.

NBC reports that a new Trump Administration rule about work requirements will cause about 700,000 Americans to lose SNAP benefits.

In a related article, the Huffington Post also reports about the story.

Medicare and Medicaid:

FierceHealthcare reports about the success of accountable care organizations in lowering health care spending.

Workforce:

FierceHealthcare reports that the number of medical students from rural areas has declined 28 percent during the past 15 years.

Medical News:

WPMT-TV reports about the importance of organ donation via an interview with UPMC Pinnacle.

The Tribune-Review reports about a whooping cough outbreak in Indiana County.

The Express-Times reports that seasonal flu activity is increasing in Pennsylvania.

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