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Coroners, organ harvesting group spar over procurement process

By Luis Fábregas
The region’s organ procurement organization says Pennsylvania coroners needlessly blocked organ donations more than a dozen times because of criminal investigations involving the potential donors. ...

Bacteria levels in water at VA Butler Healthcare too high

By Bill Vidonic
Crews will disinfect water lines at the main building of the Veterans Affairs Butler Healthcare facility this weekend because testing found higher levels of bacteria ...

VA report shows W.Pa. error rate down, but inspectors point out delays in re-evaluating cases cost $493K

By Carl Prine  and Mike Wereschagin
A Department of Veterans Affairs office in Pittsburgh cut its error rate in processing veterans’ benefit claims, but federal inspectors found room for improvement, according to a  report from the VA Office of Inspector General. The Pittsburgh office incorrectly processed 12 ...

Allegheny County moves to make heroin antidote Narcan more available

By Tony Raap
Allegheny County health officials moved to make a heroin antidote more easily obtainable. Karen Hacker, director of the county health department, issued a standing order Thursday for naloxone, which reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. The order authorizes any pharmacy in ...

Allegheny Valley Hospital names New Kensington man CEO

By Jodi Weigand
An Alle-Kiski Valley resident and longtime Allegheny Valley Hospital employee is the institution’s new CEO. Bill Englert of New Ken­sington, the hospital’s vice president of operations ...

Fewer Pittsburgh-area hospitals lost money last year, agency reports

By Alex Nixon
Fewer hospitals in Western Pennsylvania lost money last year, but a state agency warned that the level of uncompensated care is growing and could further squeeze tight profit margins. The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council said Thursday that uncompensated care ...

‘Sham’ cancer charity penalized by regulators had been sued by Pa.

By Natasha Lindstrom
The “sham” cancer charities accused in federal court this week of bilking more than $180 million from donors — including more than 45,000 from Pennsylvania ...

BodyTech health program at Carnegie Science Center to offer virtual tour of human body

By Adam Smeltz
A traveling science show that features a virtual tour of the human body will reach thousands of schoolchildren beginning this fall, part of a new ...

Boehner: Little progress at VA year after Shinseki departure

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs is no better off a year since former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned amid a scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking health care and falsified records to cover up the delays, ...

Feds say ‘sham’ cancer charities spent donations on luxury cruises, Hooters meals, dating websites

By Natasha Lindstrom
Pennsylvanians made more than 45,000 donations to “sham” cancer charities that used the majority of the cash for lavish salaries, for-profit fundraising and frills such as jaunts to Las Vegas, luxury cruises, dating website subscriptions, Victoria’s Secret shopping trips and ...

Report: Legionella bacteria that killed vet in April likely not from Pittsburgh VA system

By Tribune-Review
Legionella bacteria that killed a patient last month at the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System likely did not come from the hospital system, a federal analysis shows. Testing at the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the patient’s infection ...

Highmark, UPMC rivalry helps keep patient care costs manageable, CEOs agree

By Adam Smeltz
UPMC CEO Jeffrey Romoff thinks this fight is good for you. His hospital system’s bare-knuckled separation from insurer Highmark Inc. might be ugly and noisy, but the competition should clamp rising health care prices and keep the dominant companies from colluding ...

Parkinson’s disease patients knock down symptoms in boxing ring

By Tory N. Parrish
Dr. Michael C. Bell took a confident stance in the ring. Wearing boxing gloves, Bell, 76, yelled out the combinations being called by his instructor, Rich ...

UPMC says billing contractor stole patient information

By Alex Nixon
Personal data may have been stolen from more than 2,000 UPMC patients by an employee of an outside company the hospital giant used to handle emergency room billing, the latest in a string of data thefts to hit Pittsburgh health ...

UPMC sees potential for growth in insurance business

By Alex Nixon
Hospital giant UPMC sees greater opportunity for revenue and profit growth from its health insurance business than its medical services division as it siphons off more subscribers from Highmark Inc., the state’s largest health insurer. The nonprofit health system experienced a ...

House panel rips buying practices at VA

By The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers in both parties were incensed Thursday over allegations of widespread use of purchase cards at the Department of Veterans Affairs in violation of federal regulations, and they faulted high-level agency officials for failing to take the ...

Former Pittsburgh Department of Veterans Affairs official’s ouster sought

By Adam Smeltz
The Department of Veterans Affairs says a former top-ranking official in Pittsburgh “has been advised to cease” his work under a national  contract with the ...

Greensburg Salem student diagnosed with whooping cough

By Tribune-Review
One student has come down with pertussis, known as whooping cough, at Hutchinson Elementary School in the Greensburg Salem School District. The district sent a letter to parents confirming the diagnosis. The student’s parents informed school officials of the illness, according ...

Western Pennsylvania’s SeniorCare eyes shift in providers’ landscape

By Alex Nixon
As the CEO of the largest operator of senior living facilities in Western Pennsylvania, Paul Winkler has no shortage of customers. The Pittsburgh region’s population is ...