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Today's News Clips

June 23, 2017

Member News:

The Patriot-News reports about UPMC’s “expansion spree.”

The Times-Tribune reports that Geisinger Community Medical Center’s new cancer center earned accreditation from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.

State Budget:

WITF reports that state officials are preparing to work through the weekend.

In a related article, the Patriot-News also reports about the fast-approaching budget deadline.

Community and Economic Impact of Hospitals:

Hospitals & Health Networks reports about how hospitals can help with food insecurity.

Quality and Patient Safety:

Home Health Care News reports about an initiative to help seniors age safely at home.

State News:

WPMT-TV reports about proposed legislation about allocating beds for opioid-related hospitalizations. Memorial Hospital in York cited

The Central Penn Business Journal reports about hospital and health system mergers and acquisitions. HAP cited

National News:

A Philadelphia Inquirer pediatrician columnist reports about what federal budget cuts to Medicaid will do to Philadelphia’s most vulnerable.

Health Reform:

The Bucks County Courier Times and the Intelligencer report about opposition to the Senate health care bill from hospital CEOs and “more than a dozen” health care organizations. HAP members and HAP cited

In related articles, AppsforpcDaily.com, CNBC (video), NBC Philadelphia, and the Newburg Gazette also report about the story. HAP cited

The following news sources report about the story with an Associated Press article: Carlisle Sentinel, the Citizen’s Voice, the Daily Journal, Newsworks, U.S. News & World Report, WITF, and the Washington Times. HAP cited

The Tribune-Review reports that Pennsylvania will lose as much as $4.5 billion in Medicaid funding under the new Senate proposal.


The Tribune-Review reports that Pennsylvania ranks 14th in opioid-related inpatient stays during 2014, with 285 per 100,000 residents. HAP members cited

A Times-Tribune editorial states, “If Congress is serious about attacking the opioid scourge, it is duty-bound to ensure that Medicaid remains funded.”

In a related article, a New York Times opinion states, “It should be a national scandal that only 10 percent of Americans with opioid problems get treatment.”

Medicare and Medicaid:

FierceHealthcare reports about a new proposed rule that updates the Medicare physician payment system implemented under MACRA.


HealthLeaders Media interviews Reading Health System CEO Clint Matthews about recruiting and retaining physicians.

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