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Pennsylvania Hospital Grows A Farm To Encourage Patient Wellness
WBUR: There’s a hospital in Pennsylvania that sits on the border of two counties. Lankenau Medical Center is technically in Montgomery County, which has one of the highest health rankings in Pennsylvania.


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

Main Line Health News…


‘I Thought I Was Going To Die’: First-Of-Its-Kind Treatment Uses Sound Waves To Treat Common Heart Condition
CBS3: There is a medical first being conducted in Pennsylvania. Sound waves are being tested to treat a common heart condition.


Regional Health News…


Medical residents scramble as Hahnemann, Tower plan to transfer training program
Philadelphia Inquirer: Hahnemann University Hospital on Wednesday said it plans to transfer the majority of its medical residents and fellows to Tower Health.

Leaders From 13 States Urge Federal Court To Allow Supervised Injection Sites
NPR: Top officials from 13 states are joining Philadelphia in urging a federal court to allow a site to open where people can inject illegal opioids under medical supervision, the latest escalation in a legal battle with the Justice Department that may determine whether such facilities, known as supervised injection sites, can start to operate in America.

Code Red: The Grim State of Urban Hospitals
US News & World Report: Like most of its big-city brethren, Hahnemann University Hospital in downtown Philadelphia has a mandate that’s rarely advertised but widely understood, especially in poor neighborhoods: Treat everyone who walks through its doors, the indigent as well as the insured.



Healthcare Business News…


A Year After Spinal Surgery, A $94,031 Bill Feels Like A Back-Breaker
Kaiser Health News: Since her spinal surgery, Liv Cannon has been able to work in the garden and play with her energetic dogs without the prospect of hours or days of pain.


Quality and Safety News…


Racial disparities exist in sepsis care, study finds
Becker’s Hospital Review: Hospitals that treat a larger population of black patients see slower improvements in sepsis care than hospitals that treat more white patients, according to a study published in Health Affairs.

EHR messaging, workflow can be redesigned to address burnout, study suggests
Healthcare Dive: A survey of 934 physicians with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) found they received an average of 243 electronic “in-basket” messages per week regarding their patients. Of those, nearly half were automatically generated by PAMF’s EHR.


Patient Care News…


New 4-Part Framework Helps Physicians, Community Partners Address Social Determinants of Health
HealthLeaders Media: A new proposal provides guidance for partnerships between primary care practices and community-based organizations to address social needs.


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