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September 11, 2017

Member News:

WBRE-TV reports about Wayne Memorial Hospital’s massive expansion.

The Mercury and the Reading Eagle report that Pottstown Memorial Medical Center is temporarily closing its inpatient pediatric unit due to low admissions.

The Morning Call reports about the formation of the Lehigh Valley Health Network Cancer Institute, Heart Institute, and Institute of Special Surgery.

State Budget:

The Daily Times reports that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will return to session for the first time in seven weeks.

In a related article, the Sentinel reports about the budget.

Quality and Patient Safety:

Reuters reports about the challenges of implementing “kangaroo care.”

State News:

The Post-Gazette reports, “Nonprofit institutions…dominate Pittsburgh’s landscape, economy, and civic discourse to an extraordinary degree.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports about fiscal year 2017 losses at three area health systems. HAP members cited

National News:

Healthcare Dive reports about newly published research about continuing consolidations.

The Hill reports that Senator Bernie Sanders soon will unveil his “Medicare for all” legislation.

The New York Times reports that a Utah hospital will bar police from patient care areas following an incident during which a nurse was handcuffed after refusing to let an officer draw blood from an unconscious patient.

Health Reform:

Healthcare Dive reports about the continuing push for cost-sharing reduction payments.

A Washington Post opinion states, “There is one more repeal bill standing…"

Emergency Preparedness:

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Tampa General Hospital, located in a Level A evacuation zone, is riding out the hurricane with patients, staff, and family members staying in the building.

STAT reports about Florida hospitals forced to evaluate.

Home Health Care News reports about the challenges of the hurricane for Florida’s home care providers.

Medicare and Medicaid:

The Patriot-News reports that about 500 Medical Assistance benefit notices in Pennsylvania were mailed to the incorrect recipient.

Workforce:

Home Health Care News reports that home care workers continue to receive lower than average wages.

Medical News:

KDKA-TV reports about patients with sleep disorder. Canonsburg Hospital cited

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