Best read of the week

Why Was Their Brother’s Memory and Behavior so Strange?
New York Time Magazine: Dr. Adam Weinstein, a neurologist At Riddle Hospital, is featured in this article in The New York Times.

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

 Main Line Health News

 Art of Aging: Tips on preventing falls
6abc: There’s no such thing as a simple fall, especially for older adults, and those falls can easily lead to serious health problems.

Regional Health Care News

 Varian to install ProBeam at Penn Medicine and new hospital in China

HealthCare Business: Penn Medicine is installing the Varian ProBeam Compact single-room proton therapy system in a new cancer treatment center. The plan is to start construction in January and treat the first patient within two years.

Riding along with Philly’s paramedics on the front line of an overdose crisis
Philadelphia Weekly: As paramedics minister to their unresponsive patient, Philadelphia Emergency Medical Services Lt. Steve McCloskey reassures the man who summoned them – like the man they’re working on, a heroin user – that he did the right thing by calling for help.

Pa. delays major long-term care shift in Philadelphia area
Philadelphia Inquirer: The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on Monday delayed the shift to managed Medicaid for long-term services and supports in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Patient Care News…

Preterm births in the U.S. rise again, signaling worrisome trend

STAT: Preterm birth is the largest contributor to infant death in the United States and is linked to a range of lifelong disabilities and chronic conditions.

Opinion: Treating the opioid babies
PBS: A PBS physician columnist from Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center discusses treating babies with opioid addiction.

Millennial Parents Are Turning Hospitals Into Technological Headaches For Boomers
Forbes:  It is hard to speak to a healthcare executive for long without hearing about how baby boomers are beginning to hit the age when they will need more medical care and spend more time in healthcare facilities. But the generation that is dominating the conversation in other real estate sectors, the millennials, is also coming for healthcare in more ways than one.

Quality and Safety News…

6 ways the health care industry can protect itself from cyber criminals

Advisory Board: The Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force’s Report on Improving Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry organizes its recommendations and action items around six high-level imperatives.

Physician burnout: 1 in 5 doctors want to reduce their clinical hours
Fierce Healthcare: New research shows that burnout has led 1 in 5 doctors to plan to reduce their clinical hours. And roughly 1 in 50 plans to leave medicine altogether within the next two years.

Health Care Business News…

Aetna Continues to Shun Traditional Major Medical

ThinkAdvisor: Mark Bertolini, Aetna’s chairman, and other executives talked often about Medicare plans, care coordination efforts for Medicare plan members, and efforts to help small employers self-insure during a conference call with securities analysts.

Hospitals Look to Sue CMS Over 340B Drug Program Cuts
HealthLeaders: A policy in the 2018 OPPS final rule will likely have major financial implications for hospitals purchasing drugs through the 340B drug discount program.

UPMC and other large health plans bank on telemedicine

FierceHealthcare: In fact, the largest plans—Aetna, Anthem, CIGNA, Humana, United Healthcare and most BlueCross BlueShield state affiliates—operate robust telemedicine operations of their own. So do the big integrated networks such as Kaiser Permanente, Geisinger, Cleveland Clinic and UPMC Health Plan.

This entry was posted in Clinician News and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.