In health care news this week

Selected news media reports on MLH and the health care industry, excerpted from MLH’s daily Morning News Report…


In Main Line Health news…


Magazine ranks Main Line Health hospitals among best

Main Line Health on Tuesday announced U.S. News & World Report has ranked all of its acute care hospitals, including Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital, among the best in Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia region. More from Daily Local News and


RIDDLE ME THIS: Back to wound care basics

Guy M. Nardella Jr., MD, who serves as the System Medical Director for the Wound Centers of Main Line Health, is joined by ten other specially trained physicians at the Riddle Hospital location where he treats patients. He writes, “Even with the best efforts of doctors and their patients, the healing process can be slow and specialized care may be needed.” More from News of Delaware County.


Perspective on Parenting: Parents, keep summertime safety top of mind

“We can all take steps to attempt to avoid injuries,” says Mitchell Drake, MD, an emergency medicine doctor at Paoli Hospital. Drake says he encourages preventative measures whenever possible to ensure a healthy community. More from Daily Local News.


500 People to Know in Healthcare

John “Jack” Lynch III, president and CEO of Main Line Health in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and Andrew Norton, MD, CMO of MLH, are among the individuals who have influenced and continue to shape health care in the United States. More from Becker’s Hospital Review.



In other health news…


Health: Documentary “Alive Inside” Premieres In Philadelphia; Shows The Power Of Music For Those With Dementia

There are some deeper connections in some of the systems of the brain that are involved in deep emotions, that are triggered very dramatically sometimes in patients by music,” said Neurologist Adam Weinstein, with the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter. More from CBS3.  [Dr Weinstein is a Riddle Hospital physician.]
Gays, Lesbians Face Certain Health Challenges, U.S. Report Says
Federal researchers found that gays and lesbians were more likely to smoke and binge drink compared to heterosexuals. And bisexuals and lesbians were less likely than straight people to have a regular place to get medical care. More from


New law requires infants to be screened for congenital heart defects

The Times Leader reports that Governor Corbett signed House Bill 1420, mandating pulse oximetry testing in newborns.


We Are Our Bacteria

In his new book, “Missing Microbes,” Dr. Martin Blaser links the declining variety within the microbiome to our increased susceptibility to serious, often chronic conditions, from allergies and celiac disease to Type 1 diabetes and obesity. He and others primarily blame antibiotics for the connection.  More from New York Times.


Pa. releases guidelines for prescribing narcotics

The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report state and medical organization officials released new guidelines for prescribing opioids, one of the first concrete steps that Pennsylvania has taken to address an overdose death rate that ranks among the worst in the nation.


Pa., expect premium hike

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the percentage increase could be in the double digits for Pennsylvania health insurance premiums next year.


Bridging the Exam Room With the Boardroom

Becker’s Hospital Review reports about six strategies that build strong administrator-physician partnerships.


Physicians have the highest suicide rate of any profession. So why haven’t you heard about it?

Nearly 400 physicians commit suicide each year—likely an underestimate, say experts—but the subject still remains taboo in the medical community and physicians’ cries for help often fall on deaf ears. More from The Advisory Board and the Washington Post.


Antibiotics Often Prescribed Needlessly for Terminally Ill, Study Finds
About 21 percent of patients who go directly from hospitals to hospice care for the terminally ill leave the hospital with an antibiotic prescription, even though more than one-quarter didn’t have an infection while in the hospital, the researchers found. More from

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