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  Pa. ranks low in health IT among states Aug. 17, 2017
Using recent information from the Center for Data Innovation, Health Data Management has ranked all 50 states for use of electronic health records, or EHRs. Pennsylvania comes in at a troubling 43 on the list, with 78 percent of hospitals adopting a basic EHR and just 73 percent of physicians using a certified EHR.
  Teen drug overdoses double since 1999 Aug. 16, 2017
In the midst of other tragedies like war and economic strife, teen drug overdose quietly spiked between 1999 and 2015. According to NBC News, 772 adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 died in 2015 from overdosing on drugs, at a rate of 3.7 per 100,000, up from 1.6 per 100,000 just 16 years before. 
  Health insurers get extension for rate increases Aug. 15, 2017
Health insurance companies are receiving more time from the Trump administration to calculate rate 2018 increases. The New York Times reports that's because of the president's threat to cut off subsidies. Insurers now have until Sept. 5 to file their rate requests for next year, an extension of nearly three weeks.
  The fight over prior authorization is heating up Aug. 14, 2017
Pennsylvania doctors - including organizations such as the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians - are backing House Bill 1293, which would simplify and streamline the burdensome prior authorization process. According to Lancaster Online, doctors are concerned that long wait times can harm patients.
  Featured: Big changes this year for back-to-school vaccines 
This year, the grace period for students entering kindergarten to get vaccines or prove they're scheduled to receive them has been shortened from eight months to five days, reports PennLive. A second meningococcal shot must also be administered. Visit the Pa. Department of Health for full information!



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