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June 23, 2017 News Headlines

Senate Bill Poses Risks to Health-Care Companies (Subscriber Content)
Source: Wall Street Journal
June 22, 2017
… “You have to have some mechanism that is more assured to keep people in continuous coverage and entice young people” into the market, said Diane P. Holder, chief executive of UPMC Health Plan. …

Republican’s new Obamacare repeal bill has a lot for insurers to like and for hospitals to hate
Source: Washington Post
June 22, 2017
… Steve Shapiro, chief medical and scientific officer of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center said the bill would take a toll on hospitals, increasing the amount of “bad debt” — care they must give for free — because patients lack insurance or can’t pay their bills. …

Medicaid a flashpoint for Pennsylvania in Senate health bill
Source: Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
June 22, 2017
… UPMC, the Pittsburgh-based insurer and hospital system, said it is concerned the legislation could increase the number of uninsured and underinsured people, particularly among the poor and elderly. …

Dementia research conclusion: No evidence yet of behavior to prevent it
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 22, 2017
… “The big question is, can you do something during your life that can prevent something that will happen 20 or 30 years down the road, because there are no long-term studies that have collected that information,” said Dr. Oscar Lopez, a neurologist who is director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Alzheimer Disease Research Center. …

Contraceptive use increases among teens, CDC report shows
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 23, 2017
… Despite the decline, many teens are still having sex and many want to avoid pregnancy, said Ana Radovic, assistant professor of pediatrics specializing in adolescent care at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. …

On-ice injuries focus of training (Subscriber Content)
Source: Butler Eagle
June 22, 2017
… Athletic trainers and EMS personnel hit the ice Wednesday morning at the UPMC Lemiuex Sports Complex to practice on-ice injury management. …

UPMC Hospital Noted for Meeting Local Needs (Subscriber Content)
Source: Bedford Gazette
June 23, 2017
UPMC Bedford Memorial Hospital has been recognized by a national association for its “best practices,” as part of the hospital network’s larger effort to meet the health needs of communities it serves. …

Encore! Encore! AG's office should prove it truly is concerned about Lawrence County
Source: New Castle News
June 22, 2017
… That was the proposed merger between UPMC and Jameson Hospital, which eventually came to pass, but not without the AG’s office pulling multiple delaying tactics. …

Breaking free and coming out alive from suicide’s clutches
Source: News Leader
June 21, 2017
… A relative, like a parent, sibling or child, of a person who has died by suicide is four to six times more likely to attempt or complete a suicide, Anderson said, citing Dr. David Brent, a psychiatrist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. …

Clarion call for scientists: 'Use your voice ... or lose it'
Source: E&E News
June 22, 2017
… Goldstein, now an emeritus professor and emeritus dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, said recent political attacks on science and particularly climate science, such as the House-passed "Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment (HONEST) Act," have made it harder to get young epidemiologists interested in environmental work. …

Blood disease that plagued Europe’s royal families might be treatable using gene editing
Source: Genetic Literacy Project
June 22, 2017
… I interviewed the first person to receive gene therapy for hemophilia A, in 2000. Born in 1949, Don Miller was raising sheep when he became the first participant in a clinical trial at the University of Pittsburgh, receiving the retrovirus-bound factor VIII gene on June 1, 1999. …

Noted gastrointestinal oncology expert to join KU Medical Center faculty
Source: LJ World
June 23, 2017
… Sun is a professor of medicine and medical oncologist at the University of Pittsburgh, where he also serves as director of the gastrointestinal cancers section of hematology-oncology and co-director of the university’s gastrointestinal cancer center. In addition, he directs the NCI's Experimental Therapeutics Clinical Trials Network for the Pennsylvania Cancer Consortium at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. …
 
Caring With Confidence: Study Examines Caregiver Mastery and Patient Survival in GBM
Source: Cure today
June 22, 2017
… While building a team of skilled doctors, nurses and other health care providers can be beneficial, having a solid team of family caregivers may be just as important, according to a recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Michigan State University. …

U.S. Department of State brings Experience America trip to Pittsburgh
Source: Pittsburgh City Paper
June 22, 2017
… The event, held May 21-23, gave world leaders the opportunity to engage with prominent economic, technological and creative pioneers in Pittsburgh to strike up new foreign partnerships. Ambassadors were given tours through facilities including Astrobotic Technology, Inc., Human Engineering Research Laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh and the Andy Warhol Museum. …

Judge dismisses lawsuit against UPMC over doctors' bonuses
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 22, 2017
UPMC won a round in a court battle Wednesday when a federal judge in Pittsburgh dismissed a whistle-blower lawsuit against the health care giant. …
 
Local, Jason Roeback new COO at Saint Vincent
Source: Erie Times News
June 22, 2017
… A seasoned health care executive with more than 20 years of experience in leading for-profit, non-profit, and academic healthcare institutions, Roeback’s previous roles include President of UPMC Northwest Hospital and President of UPMC Hamot’s employed physician network …
 
Erie hospital names new COO
Source: Go Erie
June 22, 2017
… Roeback previously worked as president of UPMC Northwest, and president of UPMC Hamot’s employed physician network. …
 
Scottdale dentist, wife lived 'perfect love story' together

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
June 22, 2017
… After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Owens joined the Army and was stationed at an Air Force base in England. …

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