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August 30, 2016 News Headlines

UPMC reports strong year-end financials
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
August 29, 2016
Health giant UPMC appears to be navigating the Affordable Care Act marketplace successfully while national insurers continue to flee for financial reasons. …

UPMC revenue increases as split from Highmark grows wider
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
August 29, 2016
UPMC’s chief financial officer on Monday hammered in another nail on the local health care market dynamic that most Pittsburghers grew up with. “The old days of one dominant insurer and one dominant provider are gone,” Robert DeMichiei said. …

UPMC revenue up, income down for FY16
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
August 29, 2016
UPMC reported full-year fiscal 2016 operating revenue of $12.8 billion with operating income of $310 million. …

RFPs from Pittsburgh companies highest in 4 years: UPMC
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
August 29, 2016
On the heels of announcing fiscal 2016 financials, officials at UPMC spoke of a strong indicator from the local business community boding well for 2017. …

UPMC gets financial boost from insurance division
Source: Becker’s Hospital Review
August 29, 2016
Pittsburgh-based UPMC said revenues increased 5.8 percent year over year to $12.8 billion in fiscal year 2016. That boost was primarily attributable to membership growth in the system's health plan. …

UPMC insures a fair amount of people now
Source: Healthcare Dive
August 29, 2016
UPMC announced it netted a total of $12.8 billion in operating revenue at the end of its fiscal year, ending on June 30. …

Playing With a Concussion Doubles Recovery Time
Source: The New York Times
August 29, 2016
… The latest study tracked the neurological symptoms of 69 athletes who visited the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program after suffering head trauma during a contact sport. …

Playing Sports With A Concussion Can Increase Recovery Period, New Study Shows
Source: International Business Times
August 30, 2016
… The subjects visited the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program after suffering head trauma while playing. …

Continuing to play despite a concussion doubles recovery time for athletes
Source: Associated Press via The Economic Times
August 30, 2016
… The study was small, involving 69 teens treated at a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center concussion clinic, but the results bolster evidence supporting the growing number of return-to-play laws and policies nationwide. …

Pitt Researchers Studying Bubbles Filled With Medicine For Cancer Treatment
Source: KDKA-TV
August 29, 2016
… At UPMC’s Center for Ultrasound Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics, scientists are experimenting with sonoporation, a technique that uses microscopic bubbles filled with medicine to treat cancer. …

Focused ultrasound gene therapy could be a new therapeutic tool against disease
Source: Health Care Business Daily
August 29, 2016
… "Microbubble contrast agent is currently a safe, diagnostic tool that is used to enhance echo contrast in echocardiography applications," Brandon Helfield, Ph.D., lead author of the study and a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Ultrasound Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics at UPMC told HCB News. …

Facial Features and Genes: Study Taps New Connections
Source: Yahoo! News
August 29, 2016
… "We know from twin studies, for example, that some parts of the face seem to have a very strong genetic component," said Seth Weinberg, an assistant professor of oral biology at the University of Pittsburgh and an author of the study, which was published today (Aug. 25) in the journal PLOS Genetics. …

Mylan Fails to Stop Firestorm Over EpiPen Price Increases
Source: Bloomberg
August 29, 2016
… Mylan said measures announced last week, including a $300 savings card, remain in place. That raises the question of whether consumers will actually pay less for the generic version, said Walid Gellad, who heads the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing at the University of Pittsburgh. …

Just Because PA Physicians Can Prescribe Medical Marijuana Doesn’t Mean They Will
Source: WESA-FM
August 30, 2016
… Antoine Douaihy, medical director of addiction medicine services at UPMC’s Western Psychiatric Clinic, said there is enough research to suggest that marijuana could be an effective medication in some circumstances. …

Walkable communities, groups could help pave the way to obtain health benefits
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
August 30, 2016
… Walking advocate Carol Reichbaum at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health has developed publicly funded walking projects in rural areas in Pennsylvania and is working on a walkable action plan for the Pittsburgh area. …

Relief from back pain
Source: WTAJ-TV
August 29, 2016
… At UPMC Altoona Elite Orthopedics, Dr. Charles Harvey says a new version of a spinal cord stimulator will allow younger patients to benefit from a treatment that used to be recommended mainly for older adults. That's because, unlike earlier devices, it's MRI compatible. …

Wolf unveils 25 additional 'centers of excellence' for opioid addiction treatment
Source: Beaver County Times
August 30, 2016
… There are four Allegheny County sites in the latest round of COEs, all in Pittsburgh, including Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC; University of Pittsburgh Physicians -- General Internal Medicine Clinic; West Penn Allegheny Health System and Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic of UPMC-Presbyterian Shadyside. …

'Living Proof' ads feature real patients, not actors, scripts
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
August 29, 2016
… “It's not surprising that we're seeing these personal stories,” said Yael Schenker, assistant professor of medicine and director of palliative care research at University of Pittsburgh. “They're very persuasive. But are they coupled with true information that people need?” …

3 Drugs Identified to Potentially Fight Zika Virus
Source: Bismarck Tribune
August 30, 2016
… According to Adalja, a senior associate with the UPMC Center for Health Security in Baltimore, "This new data is very promising and may lead to effective antiviral therapies against Zika. However, it will be equally important to develop a concept for how these drugs could be used." …

Why you get BO is equal parts gross and fascinating
Source: She Knows
August 29, 2016
… "Body odor occurs because certain bacteria that normally reside on our skin produce certain products from skin gland secretions that are malodorous," says Dr. Amesh Adalja at the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Department of Medicine University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and School of Medicine. …

Why going to bed naked could be the CURE to your insomnia
Source: Express
August 30, 2016
… The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine gave a group of insomniacs ‘cooling caps’ to wear at bed. And the result was that those wearing the caps fell asleep quicker than those who didn’t have sleep disorders at all, getting to sleep within 13 minutes as opposed to 16. …

Emerald View Park Hike To Raise Funds For Mental Health Services
Source: WESA-FM
August 29, 2016
… Patty Neumeyer, director of clinical and support services at UPMC Mercy’s Department of Psychiatry, said that more than 66 different types of professionals have been able to receive ASIST training with the support of the foundation. She said the prevention model is paramount when detecting the signs of mental illness and preventing suicide. …

Group plans a big beer museum for Pittsburgh
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
August 30, 2016
… Unlike the rock hall of fame and most museums, Brew would be not a nonprofit but a for-profit, self-sustaining one, and so Mr. McAllister’s group is seeking big investors, too. His professional experience has been in the nonprofit sector, as the Ph.D. founded The Autism Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and directed the psychological services department at the Watson Institute. …

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