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Duke LifePoint finalizes agreement to acquire Conemaugh
By Beth Kutscher | August 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Duke LifePoint has finalized the terms of a deal that will allow it to expand into Pennsylvania, its first market in the mid-Atlantic region.
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Access to specialty care out of reach for many
By Associated Press | August 02, 2014
A finger on Myrtis Henderson's left hand is stuck in a bent position, a cyst on the tendon freezing any motion. Henderson is a long-time patient of Dr. Jeannette South-Paul at the Matilda Theiss Family Health Center in Pittsburgh's Hill District. South-Paul has helped her keep control of her...
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Technology replacing transcriptionists in Western Pa.; fears about quality persist
By Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | July 29, 2014
As they embrace electronic health records, hospitals in Western Pennsylvania are turning to outside companies to replace transcriptionists, the workers who convert dictation into written reports. Even though outsourcing results in faster turnaround time for the legal reports, some industry experts...
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Official: Hospital gunman intended to kill others
By Associated Press | July 25, 2014
A psychiatric patient ranted about a hospital gun ban before opening fire at a suburban Philadelphia medical complex, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back, authorities said Friday.
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Doctor fired back at gunman in Pa. hospital attack
By Associated Press | July 24, 2014
A doctor who was grazed by gunfire from a patient in his office at a suburban Philadelphia hospital on Thursday helped stop him by apparently returning fire with his own weapon and severely injuring him, but not before a caseworker was killed, authorities said.
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'It's not pretty': Could UPMC, Highmark feud be an omen for markets entering consolidation?
By Melanie Evans | July 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Pittsburgh's two healthcare giants, UPMC and Highmark, have brawled for two years about the end of an agreement that gave many patients access to both of them, a fight for market share that offers a glimpse of possible healthcare disruptions to come.
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Highmark, UPMC feud ends as governor brokers deal, and other briefs
By Modern Healthcare | June 28, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A governor-brokered deal has ended the long, ugly fight in Pittsburgh over whether members of Highmark health plans can keep getting in-network care at facilities operated by rival UPMC.
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UPMC, Highmark set terms for contract to expire in 2015
By Melanie Evans | June 27, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Pennsylvania's governor announced terms of the contentious breakup of Pittsburgh insurance company Highmark and UPMC, the city's dominant health system.
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Holy Spirit's Geisinger affiliation awaits Pennsylvania's OK
By Bob Herman | June 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Geisinger Health System and Holy Spirit Health System, Camp Hill, Pa., have signed a definitive agreement that will convert Holy Spirit into an affiliate of the Geisinger network.
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Pa. govenor nets nine insurers for Medicaid alternative
By Associated Press | June 21, 2014
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's administration said Friday that insurers are showing strong interest in the Republican's plan to extend private health insurance to hundreds of thousands of working poor and pay for it with federal Medicaid expansion dollars.
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