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September 8, 2017

Member News:

The Main Line Times reports about Governor Wolf’s visit to Bryn Mawr Hospital.

State Budget:

The Tribune-Review reports that Pennsylvania Auditor General DePasquale is promoting legalizing and taxing marijuana as a new source of revenue for the state budget.

The Associated Press reports that a GOP lawmaker from Philadelphia predicts a state income tax increase to balance the budget.

Community and Economic Impact of Hospitals:

The Hospitals & Health Networks reports about a new collaboration between health systems to address determinants of health in communities.

Quality and Patient Safety:

HealthLeaders Media reports that data analytics improve quality and lower costs.

National News:

HealthLeaders Media reports about the lack of maternal care in rural America.

Health Reform:

Kaiser Health News reports that five governors spoke before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee requesting funds to secure the 2018 insurance market.

FierceHealthcare reports about the effects on transgender patients if the ACA provision to cover transgender care via Medicaid is overturned.

Politico reports that there is not much support for the GOP’s plan to repeal and replace the ACA before the end of September.

Medicare and Medicaid:

Healthcare Finance reports that specialty practices are not prepared for MACRA.

Health IT:

FierceHealthcare reports that health IT experts agree on the value of HITECH’s value but disagree on ONC’s role for interoperability.

Insurance and Managed Care:

HealthLeaders Media reports that state insurance commissioners fear the proposed fixes to the market will not be enough.

The Post-Gazette reports that Pennsylvania’s Children’s Insurance Program (CHIP) could be in jeopardy if funding is not secured by the end of September.

The Morning Call reports that insurance for mental health issues are lagging behind physical health.

Medical News:

The Central Penn Business Journal reports that Governor Wolf is concerned about Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program.

In a related article, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports about Governor Wolf’s concerns.

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