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September 20, 2019

Member News:

The Express-Times reports that Lehigh Valley Health Network will buy Coordinated Health.

In a related article, WFMZ-TV also reports about the story.

KYW Newsradio and the Philadelphia Business Journal report about a joint bid from Tower Health and Drexel University to buy St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.

The Lehigh Valley Business reports that Tower Health will acquire Hahnemann University Hospital’s kidney and liver transplant program team.

Technology:

STAT reports about mental health smart phone apps that collect sensitive information about patients.

Quality and Patient Safety:

The Tribune-Review reports that Pittsburgh area hospitals are hiring professional greeters and implementing other hospitality initiatives. HAP members cited

State News:

The Philadelphia Tribune reports with an update about state redistricting efforts.

National News:

The Hill reports about Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s newly unveiled plan to lower prescription drug prices.

The Fiscal Times reports about a newly passed short-term national spending bill.

Axios reports about a new analysis that indicates that the health care industry continued “to rake in record-level profits” during the second quarter.

NPR reports about continued expansion of the air ambulance industry.

Health Reform:

Bloomberg reports that sales of short-term health insurance policies are increasing, often with consumers’ misunderstanding about their lack of meaningful coverage.

Opioids:

The Philadelphia Business Journal reports that opioid overdose admissions decreased during 2018 in Pennsylvania hospitals.

WPMT-TV reports about Pennsylvania’s distribution of free nalaxone kits.

Flu Vaccine:

MedPage Today reports that the Trump Administration has issued an executive order calling for improved seasonal flu vaccines.

Medical News:

The Hill reports about the continuing increase in vaping-related illnesses.

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