November 22, 2017

“Governor Wolf Signs Bills to Support Perfusionists”

Governor Wolf Signs Bill to Support Disabled Veterans Harrisburg, PA - Today, Governor Wolf signed HB 683 sponsored by Rep. Kathy Rapp that amends the Taxpayer Relief Act by removing veterans' disability payments from the definition of "income" that is used to determine eligibility for the Property Tax RentRebate Program (PTRR). "Pennsylvania veterans' service to our country is invaluable and immeasurable," said Governor Tom Wolf. "I am proud to support these strong men and women by … [Read more...]

President’s Message

I am pleased to inform you that The Senate of Pennsylvania unanimously confirmed the appointment of John Mitchell, LP, CCP to the State Board of Medicine for a four year term. Mr. Mitchell’s appoint was effective March 14, 2016 and expires March 14, 2020. I am pleased to also inform you that The Senate of Pennsylvania unanimously confirmed the appointment of David Palmer, LP, CCP to the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine for a two year term. Mr. Palmer’s appointment was effective … [Read more...]

Guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health & Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority (PSA)

Guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) and Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority (PSA) regarding Nontuberculous Mycobacterium (NTM) Infections Among Patients Undergoing Open Heart Surgeries on Cardiopulmonary Bypass At the following link, you will find the Dec. 2015 message from Karen M. Murphy, PhD, RN, Secretary of Health regarding the Nontuberculous Mycobacterium (NTM) Infections Among Patients Undergoing Open Heart Surgeries on Cardiopulmonary Bypass. … [Read more...]

Hospitals purchasing cutting-edge, hybrid operating rooms

Hospitals all over the country are purchasing cutting-edge operating rooms in anticipation of a new wave of minimally invasive heart procedures expected to gain federal approval over the next few years. Called hybrid ORs, the new operating rooms meld modern surgical innovations with equipment and staffing for conventional open-heart procedures. If something goes wrong during a simple stent procedure, for example, the rooms also have surgical equipment to quickly cut open someone's chest … [Read more...]

Hospital deals raise questions about less competition

BY ERIN L. NISSLEY (STAFF WRITER) Published: August 8, 2011 Separate deals involving two area hospitals may raise red flags because of the potential to shrink competition in the region, though it is too soon to say when federal and state officials may weigh in, experts said. About two weeks ago, Community Medical Center announced plans to join with Geisinger Health System. The same day, it was announced that Moses Taylor Hospital and its affiliate, Mid-Valley Hospital, had forged an … [Read more...]

Electronic records no panacea for health care industry

Studies show errors, inefficiencies still occur in medical services Sunday, August 07, 2011 By Bill Toland, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette It has become health care industry dogma that electronic records can help improve efficiency. Reduce errors. Save lives. And -- just maybe -- put the brakes on runaway health costs, by allowing better sharing of patient information and eliminating duplicative services. It's why hospitals and physicians' practices across the country want a piece of the $27 … [Read more...]