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October 17, 2017

Member News:

The Post-Gazette reports about UPMC’s new test that detects pancreatic cysts without surgery.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Excela Health is one of the Healthiest 100 workplaces.

The New Eagle reports that Wayne Memorial has opened its eighth satellite laboratory.

State Budget:

The Lancaster Intelligencer Journal reports about the continuing budget stalemate.

Quality and Patient Safety:

The Washington Post reports about a Consumer Reports article about the rise of C.diff infections.

State News:

The Post-Gazette reports about the state’s pending Community HealthChoices program.

National News:

FierceHealthcare reports about the possible lack of federal funding to rebuild hospitals after natural disasters.

Kaiser Health News reports about the prolonged health concerns for Puerto Rico.

Health Reform:

The Hill reports about Democrats need to work with Republicans to protect the Affordable Care Act.

Opioids:

STAT reports that the Trump Administration will declare opioid addiction as a national emergency.

Politico reports that Representative Tom Marino has withdrawn as nominee for drug czar.

The News-Herald reports about the new initiative to connect opioid overdose survivors with treatment options. HAP Member cited

Healthcare DIVE reports about the link between opioid prescribing and medication-related liability claims.

Health IT:

FierceHealthcare reports about a new initiative to organize health data.

Insurance and Managed Care:

The Post-Gazette reports that the Pennsylvania Insurance Department expects a 30.6 percent rise in insurance rates.

In a related article, the Central Penn Business Journal also reports about the increase.

Workforce:

HealthcareFinance reports that high employee assessment scores can affect the patient experience, which drives down costs.

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