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July 19, 2018 News Headlines

Court says Highmark Medicare Advantage members' in-network access to UPMC to end in July 2019
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 19, 2018
Highmark’s Medicare Advantage members will see their in-network access to UPMC end on July 1, 2019, after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed a lower court ruling that had granted continued access through all of 2019. …

Pa. Supreme Court affirms end to Highmark-UPMC Medicare Advantage contract
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
July 18, 2018
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed a Commonwealth Court ruling and set the expiration date of a Medicare Advantage contract between Highmark and UPMC as June 30, 2019. …

State Supreme Court rules seniors with Highmark Medicare plans will lose in-network access to UPMC in 2019
Source: Tribune-Review
July 18, 2018
Thousands of seniors with Highmark’s Medicare Advantage plans will lose in-network access to UPMC hospitals a year earlier under a Wednesday state Supreme Court decision than they would have under a lower court’s ruling. …

Pa. Supreme Court Reverses UPMC-Highmark Health Network Decision
Source: KDKA-TV
July 18, 2018
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that Highmark Medicare Advantage members’ access to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center network will end by July 2019. …

UPMC access for Highmark seniors to end in July 2019
Source: Erie Times-News
July 19, 2018
People with Highmark Medicare Advantage plans will no longer have in-network access to UPMC, including UPMC Hamot and its doctors, after July 1, 2019. …

Alcohol-related liver failure deaths rising among U.S. young adults
Source: WSAU via Reuters
July 18, 2018
… His research indicates that alcoholic cirrhosis "is the main driver of hospital costs among liver patients," said Bataller, chief of hepatology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and associate director of the Pittsburgh Liver Research Center. …

What's Going Around: stomach flu, Lyme disease, hand, foot and mouth
Source: WHTM-TV
July 19, 2018
… UPMC Pinnacle's Heritage Pediatrics says they saw an increase in swimmer's ear this week. …

UPMC Pinnacle Lititz offers nitrous oxide as new pain management alternative for women in labor
Source: WPMT-TV
July 17, 2018
UPMC Pinnacle Lititz announced Tuesday that it is the first hospital in Lancaster County to offer nitrous oxide as a pain management alternative for women in labor at Women’s Place, its labor and delivery center. …

$6.4M child care center planned for Columbia
Source: Central Penn Business Journal
July 18, 2018
… Funds for renovating and equipping the new center are being released from a fund created by the sale of Lancaster's St. Joseph Hospital in 2000. The hospital is now UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster. …

UPMC’s $2B expansion plan draws protest, calls for community benefits deal
Source: Becker’s Hospital Review
July 18, 2018
Over 100 community activists and residents spoke at a Pittsburgh City Council hearing July 17 on the proposed expansion of UPMC Mercy facilities in the city's Uptown neighborhood. ...

Pittsburgh City Council withholds approval of UPMC’s expansion plan after a four-hour hearing
Source: New Pittsburgh Courier
July 18, 2018
… Pittsburgh City Council’s hearing on UPMC’s $2 billion expansion plan, which had 160 speakers registered and more in attendance, adjourned on Tuesday after four hours with no vote. ...

Lu-Seal the Chihuahua goes from chubby shelter dog to svelte internet sensation
Source: Tribune-Review
July 18, 2018
… "It was love at first sight," says Morley, an emergency room attending physician at UPMC East in Monroeville. She adopted Lu-Seal that day. …

Walmart, Microsoft cloud, AI pact has healthcare implications
Source: Healthcare DIVE
July 18, 2018
… The tech giant already has a number of projects underway, including a partnership with Twist BioScience to explore the capabilities of DNA digital data storage and an effort with UPMC to create AI-enabled care delivery products. …

Synthetic Botox Treats Chronic Pain in Mice
Source: The Scientist
July 18, 2018
… The authors “really nicely demonstrate . . . that you can target specific populations of neurons by going after the” relevant receptor, says Michael Gold, who studies the neurobiology of pain at the University of Pittsburgh and was not part of the study. …

Should You Wake Up Early To Work Out Or Sleep In?
Source: Refinery 29
July 18, 2018
… "Obviously, you want to do both, get sufficient sleep and be physically active — that would be ideal," says Christopher Kline, PhD, assistant professor in the department of health and physical activity at the University of Pittsburgh, and spokesperson for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. …

Getting a Leg Up With Bone Density Testing
Source: IOL
July 18, 2018
… Jane A. Cauley, epidemiologist at the University of Pittsburgh who also wrote an editorial about the task force report, said said she was “disappointed” that the task force issued no recommendations for testing men. …

Early Epinephrine Helps Cardiac Arrest Survival
Source: MedPage Today
July 18, 2018
… "The small magnitude of the higher rate of survival and absence of functional recovery will prompt debate about whether epinephrine is truly beneficial for improving meaningful clinical outcomes," predicted Clifton Callaway, MD, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh, and Michael Donnino, MD, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, in an accompanying editorial. …

LETTER: Care received at hospital superb all the way around (Letter to the editor-subscriber content)
Source: The Derrick
July 19, 2018
… I recently found it necessary to be hospitalized at UPMC Northwest in Seneca. …

Volunteers put shine on East Middle School
Source: Erie Times News
July 19, 2018
 GE Transportation and UPMC Hamot employees, among others, put in around 2,500 volunteer hours Wednesday. ...

Meals On Wheels Sets Fundraiser
Source: Post-Journal
July 18, 2018
… UPMC Chautauqua prepares meals for Meals on Wheels recipients in southern Chautauqua County from the hospital’s Jones Memorial Health Center kitchen. … 

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