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Nonprofit Concordia Lutheran Ministries adjusts to marketplace realities

By Alex Nixon
Concordia Lutheran Ministries has boosted its revenue more than 50 percent since 2011 by acquiring smaller, financially distressed senior-care facilities. Despite a growing population of elderly ...

UnitedHealth bulks up for prescription drug cost fight

By The Associated Press
The nation’s largest health insurer, UnitedHealth, will muscle up for its fight against rising prescription drug costs by spending more than $12 billion to buy ...

Carnegie Mellon University’s Speck device monitors indoor pollution

By Aaron Aupperlee
The pollution from your living room couch can be as harmful as pollution from coke ovens on Neville Island and in Clairton, experts say. And while ...

Probiotic bacteria help conquer ‘superbugs’

By Adam Smeltz
Stopping antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” that kill about 700,000 people a year could take vaccines, more powerful drugs and better ways to identify dangerous bacteria, federal authorities ...

Fayette, Greene least healthy counties in Pennsylvania, according to report

By Tom Fontaine
Greene and Fayette counties have Pennsylvania’s worst health habits, a new report shows. “I’m not surprised. I see the same bad numbers year after year after year,” said Karen Bennett, administrator of Greene County Human Services. “We try to do ...

Angelina Jolie’s story expected to spur surge in cancer screenings

By Adam Smeltz
Up to 75 percent of women with a rare genetic mutation ask surgeons to remove their reproductive organs, a figure that doctors expect to climb ...

Highmark delays payment to UPMC over in-network issue

By Alex Nixon
Highmark Inc. is delaying payment to UPMC on thousands of medical claims for the insurer’s subscribers because of a dispute over whether the treatments qualify as in-network care. The state’s largest health insurer said it has asked the state to ...

Ebola drill conducted at UPMC hospitals in Shadyside, Oakland

By Adam Smeltz
About 35 people participated in or observed an Ebola drill Tuesday at UPMC hospitals in Shadyside and Oakland. It was the third such training event since December, educating medical workers in how to handle the viral disease and similarly contagious ailments, ...

Help line to help handle Highmark, UPMC complaints

By Adam Smeltz
The state Attorney General’s Office is offering intermediaries to help Pennsylvanians pursue complaints against Downtown-based UPMC and Highmark Inc., Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced Monday. State workers can contact UPMC or Highmark on behalf of patients who have conflicts with ...

iCount project to target Pittsburgh’s repeat health care patients

By Natasha Lindstrom
They make up a small fraction of hospitalized patients but account for a disproportionately large amount of health care costs: the so-called “super-utilizers.” The costly repeat patients often grapple with social, economic and mental health challenges that exacerbate their health problems ...

Magee-Womens Imaging Center opens at UPMC McKeesport

By Carol Waterloo Frazier
Residents of McKeesport and neighboring communities no longer have to travel to Oakland for a variety of medical imaging services. On March 1, the Magee-Womens Imaging ...

Hospitals pressing patients to pay in advance

By Luis Fábregas
On the day before surgery to remove a lump in her breast, Sandy Brown received an unexpected call from the hospital. Bring the money for ...

Lawsuit charges UPMC, cardiology office overbilled, double-billed feds

By Brian Bowling
UPMC and a cardiology office routinely overbilled and double-billed federal health insurers including Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans Affairs for radiology procedures, the wife of a radiologist claims in a federal lawsuit unsealed Wednesday. Roseanne Wholey, wife of Dr. Mark Wholey, says ...

Anti-abortion advocates drop buffer zone claim to press argument against Pittsburgh ordinance

By Tribune-Review
Five anti-abortion advocates have dropped their claim that the city selectively enforces its buffer zone ordinance, which clears the way for them to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that the ordinance is constitutional, according to court documents. U.S. District Judge Cathy ...

UPMC, Pitt, Carnegie Mellon forge alliance to share patient health data

By Adam Smeltz
The “haphazard” approach to health care that forces sick Americans to call, travel and wait for appointments could start vanishing within a decade, UPMC President ...

Peduto caught in middle as City Council supports UPMC unionization efforts

By Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh City Council’s public support of unionization efforts at UPMC could hamper Mayor Bill Peduto’s chances at getting a long-term agreement from the health care giant for annual payments in lieu of taxes, political observers said. Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak of ...

Highlands Hospital event focuses on integrative medicine

By Nancy Henry
Highlands Hospital is holding a program this week that allows participants to sample integrative medicine techniques to learn ways to subdue stress and maintain a positive lifestyle. The program, being held Thursday, is called Utique. According to organizers, participants will have a ...

Area surgeons find robots ease joint replacement operations

By Adam Smeltz
Robots designed to prevent orthopedic surgeons from making even slight mistakes could help protect thousands of hip and knee replacement patients from prolonged pain and ...

Highmark seeking $175 million infusion for Allegheny Health Network

By Luis Fábregas  and Adam Smeltz
Health insurer Highmark Inc. wants to infuse $175 million into its Allegheny Health Network, saying the region’s second-largest hospital network needs cash to pay bills ...

Franklin Park mom helps other parents through tough times

By Chris Togneri
When doctors diagnosed Leighann Marquiss’ unborn son with a congenital heart defect, she knew where to turn for comfort: Her family and her faith. Finding information ...