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10 Reasons Why Value-Based Care Will Prevail in the Trump Administration

ECG: The desire to transition from a fee-for-service environment to one that favors value-based arrangements preceded the ACA, and efforts to do so are expected to continue, regardless of any potential replacement plan.


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


Main Line Health News…

Fitch affirms Main Line Health’s ‘AA’ rating

Becker’s Hospital CFO: The rating affirmation is based on several factors, including Main Line Health’s strong financial profile, excellent liquidity and low debt burden.


Main Line Health Chooses Bernoulli for Medical Device Integration into Epic

Health & Beauty Close-Up and Healthcare IT News: “This is one of the largest technological implementations in the history of Main Line Health,” said Troy Brailo, the health system’s Epic Applications Manager. “We selected Bernoulli because we wanted a partner with the capabilities to deliver a fully integrated, system-wide platform with comprehensive device connectivity.” As part of the rollout, Main Line will deploy Bernoulli technology for medical device connectivity at its intensive care units, emergency departments, and neonatal intensive care units.


Video Chat with Main Line Health – Aortic Disease: Risk Factors, Management, and Treatment Options

6ABC:  Dr. Konstadinos Plestis, chief of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery at Main Line Health and Lankenau Heart Institute, will answer questions on December 6 from viewers on the management and treatment of aortic disease-from the management of risk factors like high blood pressure, inflammation and smoking-to minimally invasive treatment options.


York-area health providers rewarded for outstanding patient experience

York Dispatch: Only two hospitals in Pennsylvania, OSS Health in York and Paoli Hospital in Chester County, received the Pinnacle of Excellence Award, which recognizes the top three Press Ganey clients per category who have maintained consistently high levels of excellence over three years in patient experience, employee engagement, physician engagement or clinical quality performance.


Special Feature: Inside the OR

A front-and-center look as Main Line Today’s Melissa Jacobs goes inside the operating room to watch Dr. Mark Kurd make a life-changing repair. Read more from Main Line Today.


Lankenau Medical Center Named One of Nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals By Truven

For the tenth year, Lankenau Medical Center, has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics in the “Top Teaching Hospitals with Cardiovascular Residency Programs” category. Lankenau is the only hospital in Pennsylvania to be named to the list. Read more from


‘Operation Safe Holiday’ Launches in Chester County

NBC10: PennDOT teamed up with state and local police to launch ‘Operation Safe Holiday’ at Main Line Health’s Paoli Hospital. The campaign is aimed at cutting down on the number of alcohol and drug-impaired driving arrests, crashes, and deaths on roads throughout Pennsylvania.


Art of Aging: Arthritis

6ABC:  Dr. Kendra Zuckerman of Main Line Health said, “Arthritis technically means inflammation in the joints. The two most important things are exercise, and for people who are overweight, weight loss.”



Regional Health Care News…

After losing appeal, Wills Eye Hospital’s inpatient transition set to begin

Philadelphia Business Journal: Wills Eye Hospital has finalized an “informal” agreement with nearby Thomas Jefferson University Hospital to, starting Nov. 26, accommodate any ophthalmology patients who require an inpatient stay of more than 24 hours.


Rothman Institute founder on the cusp of 80 and still in the OR The business that bears his name, the Rothman Institute, is one of the world’s largest orthopedic practices, with 145 doctors and 24 locations.



Patient Care News…

Palliative Care Raises Quality of Life, But Doesn’t Extend It

HealthDay News: People who receive palliative care have better quality of life and fewer symptoms than people who don’t receive such care, said study lead author Dio Kavalieratos.


Strokes Decline in Older Americans, Rise in Young

HealthDay News: “People born during what I call the ‘Golden Generation,’ 1945 to 1954, had lower rates of stroke than those born 20 years before them and also in the 20 years after them,” said lead researcher Joel Swerdel. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the Rutgers University School of Public Health in New Jersey.


Elder Abuse Often Missed In ER

HealthDay News: About 10 percent of American seniors suffer elder abuse, yet researchers found that emergency doctors make a formal diagnosis of such cases in only 1 of 7,700 visits by seniors.


A New Era of Women’s Health

HealthLeaders Media: To thrive in today’s marketplace, healthcare organizations must offer female-specific medical expertise that meets women’s expectations as consumers.



Quality and Safety News…

Prescription Drug Reactions Send More Older Americans To The ER

CNN: One out of every 250 Americans visited the emergency room because of a drug reaction each year in 2013 and 2014, researchers estimated.


Update: Midstate hospitals review security after Chambersburg Hospital shooting

Central Penn Business Journal: For now, hospitals in the midstate remain focused on response protocols. It is critical that employees know exactly what to do in the moment.



Health Care Business News…

Trump’s picks for HHS and CMS signal a move to barrel through ACA repeal and replacement

Modern Healthcare:  U.S. Rep. Tom Price has been a staunch ACA critic and was one of the first to put forward his own replacement plan in the form of the Empowering Patients First Act.


Cleveland Clinic CEO Has a Warning for All U.S. Hospitals

Fox Business: Dr. Toby Cosgrove, CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, said, “I think the delivery system has to recognize that we have to take cost out and we have to do it through efficiency.”


Public Health 3.0: A Blueprint For The Future Of Public Health

Health Affairs: To truly achieve better health for everyone, we must ensure the conditions in which everyone can be healthy, and this will take more than the health care system.


New analyses support blocking Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana mergers

Healio: Andrew W. Gurman, MD, president of the AMA, said,. “With existing competition in health insurance markets already at alarmingly low levels, federal and state antitrust officials have powerful reasons to block harmful mergers and foster a more competitive marketplace that will operate in patients’ best interests.”


Big Ideas: Virtual Reality Becomes Reality

HealthLeaders Media: Improvements in technology and decreased cost of equipment have poised virtual reality to change the education of healthcare professionals and the clinical treatment of patients.


Improving On-the-Fly Teamwork in Health Care

Harvard Business Review: Told to form and act as teams, most clinicians will agree with the spirit of the request but will struggle to make it happen given well-documented challenges of communicating across shifts, expertise areas, or hierarchical levels.


Teaching medicine with fake cadavers that bleed, blink and breathe

WHYY: Dr. Jon Silberstein, chief of urologic oncology at Tulane University School of Medicine, thought Surgeons, increasingly trained to operate using robots, might be able to improve outcomes if they saw and felt a kidney in their hands before surgery, so he asked a 3D printing company to use multiple CAT scans to create lifelike 3D models of his patients’ cancerous kidneys.


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