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Allegheny Health Network expands infusion business with acquisition

The Allegheny Health Network, in Pennsylvania, is expanding its home health business by purchasing a Pittsburgh pharmacy that specializes in home infusion medicines. The North Shore-based nonprofit hospital system, which is owned by Highmark Health, said its Healthcare@Home division acquired the home infusion pharmacy in Sharpsburg from Infusion Partners, a subsidiary of Elmsford, N.Y.-based BioScrip[…]

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UPMC board Chairman Beckwith cheers on CEO Romoff

Almost every day, UPMC President and CEO Jeffrey Romoff exchanges emails with the only person with enough power to fire him. Romoff, arguably one of the region’s most influential and polarizing leaders, reads every word that comes from Nicholas Beckwith, the businessman who chairs UPMC’s board of directors. “I try not to be bossy,” Beckwith,[…]

Feds announce changes in nursing home rating system

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced changes Friday to its often-critiqued five-star rating system for nursing home quality, changes that are likely to negatively affect the ratings for thousands of facilities. Among the adjustments: the agency is altering how it calculates the staffing figures that are one component of the all-encompassing quality[…]

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Cleveland Clinic partnership aims to boost telemedicine services

The Cleveland Clinic, through a new partnership announced this week with Cox Communications, is looking to improve in-home patient monitoring and treatment services. For the project–dubbed Vivre Health–Cox will provide broadband services for video consultations, while Cleveland Clinic offers expertise on how to create the patient services. “Healthcare transformation will be led by organizations that[…]

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Highmark and Carnegie Mellon, announce research funding

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Highmark Health and Allegheny Health Network announced a second round of funded CMU projects poised to ‘disrupt’ health care by identifying key unmet clinical needs and addressing them with advanced medical technologies. $1.7 million was awarded to projects ranging from managing chronic wound healing to reducing toxic side effects of anticancer[…]

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Premier Women’s Health joins Allegheny Health Network

Premier Women’s Health, a six-physician practice, has affiliated with Allegheny Health Network. Premier will continue to deliver babies and perform surgical procedures at Heritage Valley Sewickley Hospital, and most patients in need of advanced care will be referred to AHN’s West Penn Hospital in Bloomfield. The practice offers a range of services for women, from[…]