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 Read more about Allegheny Health Network expands infusion business with acquisition[…]

Genesis Medical Associates of PA resists buyout offers, cultivates independence

As UPMC and Highmark Health fight for dominance of the health care market in Western Pennsylvania, it can be easy to forget that some physician practices are independent and want to stay that way. Genesis Medical Associates Inc., a practice of 20 physicians based in Ross, is forging its own path through the market that’s Read more about Genesis Medical Associates of PA resists buyout offers, cultivates independence[…]

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, Read more about UPMC board Chairman Beckwith cheers on CEO Romoff[…]

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 Read more about Feds announce changes in nursing home rating system[…]

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 Read more about Cleveland Clinic partnership aims to boost telemedicine services[…]

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 Read more about Highmark and Carnegie Mellon, announce research funding[…]

UPMC banking on collecting disputed $118M bill from Highmark

UPMC said it is confident it will collect the $118 million it is seeking in a lawsuit against health insurer Highmark Inc. The hospital giant booked $118 million in money owed to the system by Highmark over two fiscal years for the period ending Dec. 31, which compares to $177 million in operating income reported Read more about UPMC banking on collecting disputed $118M bill from Highmark[…]

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 Read more about Premier Women’s Health joins Allegheny Health Network[…]