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Patients can get paid to shop for health care. But there are challenges

Boston Globe: When he goes to the doctor for his annual checkup, Andy Vachon can easily get his blood drawn and checked right there. But he opts to go elsewhere.

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

Main Line Health News…

Philly ‘burbs show low DUI deaths rate, study shows

Daily Local News: Gaza noted that in March the Westtown East Goshen Regional Police Department, alongside the Goshen Fire Department and EMS, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital and the county Coroner’s Office, had a “mock crash” demonstration and discussion to show the students at Bayard Rustin High School what a homicide by vehicle crash looks like, and the consequences of that crash.


Regional Health News…
Pennsylvania’s war on opioid addiction to highlight national event

Tribune-Review: Pennsylvania’s approach to the opioid epidemic will be front and center Monday at the National Governor’s Association’s Summit for New Administrations in Washington, D.C.


Healthcare Business News…
Medicare For All Could Reduce Hospital Revenues By 16%

HealthLeaders Media: Medicare for All could have consequential repercussions for hospital finances, according to a new JAMA report.


Quality and Safety News…
Medicaid expansion tied to fewer heart-related deaths, study finds

CNN: Between 2010 and 2016, counties in states where Medicaid expanded had 4 fewer deaths per 100,000 residents each year from cardiovascular causes after expansion, compared with counties in non-expansion states, according to the research.


Patient Care News…
Taking care of Charlie helped one California town nearly halve hospital use

STAT: In a single year, Charlie racked up more than 35 skirmishes with law enforcement, 25 hospital visits, and 16 emergency transports. By most accounts, he was a burden to the system.


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