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Measles Outbreak Sends Vaccine Demand Soaring, Even Among The Hesitant
Kaiser Health News: Demand for measles vaccine has surged in the Washington county where the highly contagious virus is linked to more than 50 confirmed illnesses this year — including among people who had previously shunned the shots.

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

Main Line Health news…

18 Philadelphia-area medical centers make the grade as ‘best hospitals’
Philadelphia Business Journal: Eighteen Philadelphia-area medical centers and health systems made it to this year’s list of Healthgrades’ best hospitals for 2019.

 Regional News…

Using opioids to treat addiction is considered the gold standard. So why aren’t more doctors prescribing them?
Philadelphia Inquirer: Doctors need no special training to prescribe the opioid pain pills widely blamed for fueling a national addiction crisis.

Health Business News…..

Rising Prices Lead to All-Time High Healthcare Spending
HealthLeaders Media: Americans are paying more for the same amount of healthcare, according to a new report from HCCI.

Quality and Safety News…
Low reimbursement rates from private payers to mental health providers may curb patient access
FierceHealthcare: Reimbursement rates from commercial insurers to mental healthcare providers may hinder patient access to such care, according to a new study.

Patient Care News….

Flu has sickened more than 13 million this season: 5 things to know
Becker’s Hospital Review: The CDC estimates that there have been 13.2 million to 15.2 million flu illnesses this season.

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