Best read of the week

19 states report high flu activity: 5 things to know
Becker’s Hospital Review: U.S. flu activity is continuing to increase, and 19 states experienced high influenzalike illness activity for the week ending Dec. 29, according to the CDC’s most recent FluView report.

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

Main Line Health…

Three Patients Share Their Rehab Experience in the Philadelphia Suburbs
Main Line Today: From luxury treatment facilities to individualized programming, here’s how these former addicts became clean.

Regional News…

Pennsylvania hospital acquires spine center: 3 insights
Becker’s Hospital Review: General Health purchased Lancaster Neuroscience & Spine Associates for an undisclosed amount, according to Lancaster Online.

Health Business News…..

As Hospitals Post Sticker Prices Online, Most Patients Will Remain Befuddled
Kaiser Health News: Knowing chargemaster rates wouldn’t necessarily help a patient fight a high balance bill.

Quality and Safety News…

How tainted drugs get to market, and make sick patients sicker
NBC: A Kaiser Health News review of thousands of federal documents reveals how drugs that are poorly manufactured or contaminated can reach consumers.

Patient Care News….

For chest pain not caused by a heart attack, Jefferson doctors have a remedy
Philadelphia Inquirer: If you feel chest pain, get to a doctor fast. Nothing you’re about to read below should dissuade you from that common-sense advice.

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