MAY 13-17, 2019
Highmark, UPMC, Pa. AG head to court May 15, 2019
The Pa. Supreme Court is to hear arguments on May 16 in the case of extending the landmark Highmark/UPMC consent decree (TribLive) that granted certain patients access to both networks and insurers. The Pittsburgh-based dispute is a case of interest around the nation as the lines between provider networks and insurers blur in other regions and states.
Measles outbreak tops 830 across U.S. May 14, 2019
The U.S. measles outbreak continues to grow, with a total of 839 cases confirmed across 23 states, including Pennsylvania. According to The Hill, there have been 75 new cases in the past week as the outbreak inches toward the 1994 record of 963 cases. Some states have begun taking steps to limit exemptions for parents who don't want to vaccinate their children.
Pa. among states least likely to have physician shortage May 13, 2019
According to PennLive, a recent study has found Pennsylvania is among the top 10 states least likely to have a physician shortage. With 311.8 physicians per 100,000 residents, Pennsylvania - tied for eighth place with New York and Michigan - exceeds the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) recommendation of 283 physicians per 100,000 people.