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Today's News Clips

January 18, 2019

Member News:

EllwoodCity.org reports about UPMC’s new Steel City Internal Medicine-UPMC.

The Morning Call reports about leadership changes at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and St. Luke’s University Health Network.

The Lehigh Valley Business reports that Lehigh Valley Health Network will resume inpatient care at its Hospice House of Monroe County.

LancasterOnline reports about the process to close UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster Hospital.


HealthLeaders Media reports about the changing attitudes toward virtual care.

Healthcare Dive reports about digital health funding during 2018.

Quality and Patient Safety:

FierceHealthcare reports that, according to a new study, one-quarter of all prescriptions are likely inappropriate for the conditions for which they were prescribed.

National News:

The Hill reports with an update about federal drug pricing proposals.

HealthLeaders Media reports about threats to U.S. hospitals and health systems resulting from the CVS/Aetna merger.

VOX reports that the U.S. health care industry creates one-tenth of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The Hill reports about “shutdown pain,’ including reducing quarterly economic growth by 0.13 percentage points each week.

In a related article, Bloomberg reports about how unpaid and furloughed federal workers are managing without paychecks.


WHP-TV reports via physician interviews about the ethics of distributing free naloxone.

Emergency Preparedness:

The Philly Voice reports that the anti-vaccine movement is listed among the top global health threats for 2019 by the World Health Organization.

WHP-TV reports about the fire at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital.

Medicare and Medicaid:

Modern Healthcare reports that the Trump Administration may be exploring block grants for state Medicaid funding.

STAT reports about a new ad campaign led by patient advocacy and medical groups opposing proposed changes to Medicare drug coverage.

Becker’s Hospital Review reports with an update about the lawsuit challenging federal changes to disproportionate share hospital payments.

FierceHealthCare reports about the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s recommendations to revise Medicare’s hospital quality value programs.


Healthcare Dive reports about the increasing number of doctors who feel overworked and burned out.

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