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…


Main Line Health News…


Breast cancer density laws mean more tests, unclear benefit

Density letters tell women to talk to their doctors about what to do.”There’s no doubt we get frequent calls from women asking, “What the heck is going on with my mammogram report?'” said Mark Finnegan, an ob-gyn at Lankenau Medical Center. Read more from


Regional Health Care News…


Universal Health to operate behavioral facility for Lancaster General

Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Lancaster General Health selected Universal Health Services to operate a planned 126-bed behavioral health hospital.


PA Coroners: 10 Overdose Deaths Daily

Almost 10 Pennsylvanians die daily of a fatal drug overdose, according to a report released this week by the state coroners association. Fatal overdoses rose 30 percent in 2015, with 3,505 deaths attributed to drug poisoning, the report states. Read more from The Daily Item.


Using social media to reach HIV infected

Penn State Health’s infectious disease HIV/AIDS program has received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to expand its OPT-In For Life social media campaign to encourage testing and treatment. Read more from WITF.


Insurer, health network create new Lehigh Valley health insurance plan

Highmark Blue Shield and Lehigh Valley Health Network collaborated on a new health insurance plan called Lehigh Valley Flex Blue designed to lower employers’ health insurance costs and better manage patients’ care. Read more from


Patient Care News…


How to fight chronic pain with more than opioids

Many of the nondrug treatments target emotional states that worsen pain, especially depression and fear. Both of those can keep people from moving, leading to weaker muscles, more pain, and, ultimately, social isolation. Read more from


Too Many People Live Far From Home Health Care

Home Health Care News reports that many older Americans who have chronic diseases have limited access to in-home medical care.


Syncing Up Drug Refills: A Way To Get Patients To Take Their Medicine

These findings come as more states pass laws that support the concept by requiring health insurance plans to cover partial refills of medication, and to charge pro-rated copays when they do so. Such measures make it possible for consumers and physicians to work together to make sure that prescription refill cycles match up. Read more from Kaiser Health News.


Insurers’ Fine Print May Exclude Health Care Important To Women

Buried in the fine print of many marketplace health plan documents is language that allows them to refuse to cover a range of services that are used more often by women, a study finds. Read more from NPR.

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