FEBRUARY 20-23, 2018
28 more Pennsylvanians die from flu Feb. 22, 2018
The Pennsylvania Department of Health reports 28 more Pennsylvanians died last week from the flu or complications of the virus. According to the Morning Call, that brings this flu season's death toll to 135 statewide. More than 3,000 Americans have died from the flu or flu-related complications since the flu season began in October; 19,000 Americans have been hospitalized.
Prior authorizations delay care 98 percent of time: study Feb. 21, 2018
A survey of PAFP members has found that prior authorizations delay patient care nearly 98 percent of the time. "Along with many other barriers to the patient-physician relationship, prior authorization requirements by health insurers have become overly burdensome" and often jeopardize patient care, said PAFP President Edward Zurad, MD. Click here for the full press release.
Demand outpaces supply for medical marijuana in Pa. Feb. 20, 2018
There is an early shortage of medical marijuana products in Pennsylvania, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Pittsburgh area, which has one cultivation facility and two dispensaries, is feeling the pressure of high demand. Six dispensaries opened in the state last week to dispense the products; Philly.com explains which products are available, including oils and resins.