In health care news this week


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


Main Line Health News…

Paoli Hospital Recognized Nationally For Performance
Malvern Patch: For the third time, Paoli Hospital, part of Main Line Health, was named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. Note: Riddle Hospital named for the fifth year.


RIDDLE ME THIS: Lung cancer awareness month: learn how to reduce your risks
News of Delaware County: By George Lieb, MD, Riddle Hospital Pulmonologist, writes, “The fact is that 90 percent of lung cancer is caused by cigarette smoking, which in a way is good news, since people can significantly decrease their risk by never smoking or by quitting.”


Lankenau Institute for Medical Research Obtains Three New Grants To Further Research Cancer And Lupus Treatments
BioSpace: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded two grants totaling $3.85M and the Lupus Research Institute (LRI) granted LIMR $300,000.


Lankenau Medical Center Urologist Performing New Life-Changing Laser Procedure for Post-Menopausal Women
Noodls: Darlene Gaynor, DO, Female Urology/Pelvic Medicine, is using a laser, called MonaLisa Touch®, to improve blood flow to the vaginal tissue and regenerate vaginal cells to stimulate collagen to improve dryness.


Breakthrough Uterus Procedure
NBC10: Dr Michael Glassner of Main Line Fertility at Bryn Mawr Hospital is interviewed about uterine transplant procedure being performed in Europe and soon in Cleveland.


Are Lung CTs the New Mammograms?
Main Line Today: These CT screenings are available through Main Line Health and Penn Medicine as well as Crozer.


Medical Corner: Is a support group right for you?
Daily Local News: Mary Kathleen O’Leary, Psy.D, a psychologist with Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital, writes, “In rehabilitation, support groups have a unique role, as they help members maintain connections and support as they transition from inpatient rehabilitation to outpatient services and help members navigate the community when therapy does end.”


Findings from Lankenau Medical Center Reveals New Findings on Atrial Fibrillation
Pharmacy Choice: The Randomized Evaluation of Long Term Anticoagulant TherapY (RE-LY) trial found dabigatran 110 mg (D110) and 150 mg twice daily (D150) noninferior or superior to warfarin for stroke reduction in patients with AF, with either a reduction (D110) or similar rates (D150) of major bleeding.


Three Questions with: John Lynch III
Hospitals & Health Networks: President and CEO of Main Line Health, Radnor, Pa. shares insight about building for the future of health care, including the $200 million investment to upgrade Bryn Mawr Hospital and the construction of a $46 million new population health-focused facility in Concordville, Pa.


Hospital construction projects anchor large, multi-use developments
Fierce Health Finance: In its $200 million modernization of Bryn Mawr Hospital, Main Line Health is reducing the bed count and moving from a majority of semiprivate to mostly private rooms, President and CEO Jack Lynch said.


ER visits for pediatric mental health emergencies are soaring Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D., Chief of Pediatric Emergency Services at Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital, writes, “This trend of increasing pediatric mental health visits to hospital emergency departments is underscored in a study published last month in the Journal of Pediatrics.”

Should I try minimalist running? Brian Crispell, DPM, a foot and ankle specialist at Riddle Hospital in Media, PA., writes, “While there are select circumstances where minimalist shoes may be suitable, they are not an appropriate choice for most runners.”

Flu Vaccine Mist In Short Supply
KYW Newsradio: You can get protection from the flu with an injection in the arm or leg, or a quick spritz of mist up the nose. But FluMist is in short supply this year according to Dr. Michelle Karten, a pediatrician with Main Line Health in Villanova.


Regional Health Care News…

CHOP to pay $10M for delayed meningitis diagnosis
Philadelphia Business Journal: A jury reportedly spent only four hours deliberating Monday before deciding to award more than $10 million to the mother of an 11-month-old boy who was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis but only after making multiple visits to the emergency room at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in December 2009.


Patient Care News…

U.S. heart groups to weigh new data for hypertension treatment guidelines
Reuters: U.S. heart organizations drafting new treatment guidelines for hypertension will consider new research showing that aggressively lowering blood pressure can ward off death and other cardiac problems


Health Care Business News…

TD amps up health care practitioner lending
Philadelphia Business Journal: TD Bank has decided to amp up its presence in the competitive health care practitioner lending space, increasing the size of loans it makes for mergers, equipment purchases and other purposes.


 Medicare Launches Major Payment Shift for Hip, Knee Surgery
Associated Press and the Hill: Starting April 1, hospitals in 67 metropolitan areas will be held responsible for the results of hip and knee replacements.


More doctors offering direct-pay health care
USA Today: Instead of dealing with traditional insurance, co-pays and deductibles, patients pay a one-year membership fee that includes an annual physical exam and between two and four office visits.


Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule: A must-read for hospital leaders
Hospital Impact: Martie Ross, J.D., a healthcare lawyer in Kansas City, has read the Final Rule closely and concludes that physicians will not get their 0.5 percent increase in 2016.

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