Best read of the week

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…


Sponsored: Why Art Ability’s Annual Exhibition Featuring Stunning Artworks Is a Must-Visit

Philadelphia Style: Established to cultivate a positive journey of healing for patients with disabilities at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, part of Main Line Health, Art Ability is a program that provides the opportunity for patients to explore their creative minds and showcase the final product on display.


Health Care Business News…


The 10 states with the worst Medicare waste

Fiscal Times: Nine states – including Pennsylvania — and the District of Columbia were responsible for the lion’s share of the total improper payments.


What’s next for Obamacare? Philly experts mull the future

Americans are watching and waiting — with anxiety, skepticism, optimism and sometimes all of the above — to see what becomes of the Affordable Care Act. And even expert economists and physicians who have spent decades analyzing the complex system can’t say with any certainty what could happen next. Read more from


See your hospital’s 2017 pay-for-performance penalty or bonus  

Advisory Board: You can see how hospitals around the nation performed in the updated pay-for-performance penalty impact map.


With executive order, Trump tosses a ‘bomb’ into fragile health insurance markets

Washington Post: President Trump’s executive order instructing federal agencies to grant relief to constituencies affected by the Affordable Care Act has begun to reverberate throughout the nation’s health-care system, injecting further uncertainty into an already unsettled insurance landscape.


Donald Trump’s Health-Law Directive Spurs a Dash to Decode It

Wall Street Journal: Lawmakers, insurers and the health-care industry rushed over the weekend to decipher the full meaning and consequences of President Donald Trump’s executive order urging agency heads to do whatever they can to unwind some provisions of the Affordable Care Act. (Subscription required; please contact MLH Medical Library for full text.)


Safety News…

Survey: 26% of health IT, medical device business associates have security certification

Becker’s Hospital Review: Health systems and health plans often contract with hundreds of business associates, according CORL Technologies, many of whom have access to protected health information — meaning that a security breach to a vendor could significantly impact the healthcare organization itself.


Are New Drugs for Hepatitis C Safe? A Report Raises Concerns

Drugs approved in recent years that can cure hepatitis C may have severe side effects, including liver failure, a new report suggests. Read more from The New York Times.


Patient Care News…


Study Offers New Clues on Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Findings show that TB prevention efforts should focus not just on correct antibiotic treatment, but also on preventing airborne transmission. Read more from The Wall Street Journal. ((Subscription required; please contact MLH Medical Library for full text.)


Cervical Cancer Taking Deadlier Toll in U.S. Than Had Been Thought

The death rate from cervical cancer in the United States is considerably higher than previously estimated and the disparity in death rates between black women and white women is significantly wider, according to a study published Monday in the journal Cancer. Read more from The New York Times.


Hospital-Related Delirium May Help Worsen Dementia

Medline Plus: Hospitalization-related delirium may speed mental decline in patients with dementia, a new study suggests.

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