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MedExpress bought by United Health Group

By Alex Nixon
United Health Group, owner of the nation’s largest health insurer, is jumping into the fast-growing urgent care business with an acquisition of the largest operator of such centers in Western Pennsylvania. Optum, a United subsidiary, said it bought Morgantown, W.Va.-based ...

Hearing set on Highmark plan to put $175 million in Allegheny Health

By Tribune-Review
The state Department of Insurance will hold a hearing May 4 in Harrisburg on a request by Highmark Inc. to give $175 million to Allegheny Health Network. The hearing will focus on the financial condition of health insurer Highmark and its ...

Highmark asks patients to ‘Meet Dr. Right’

By Adam Smeltz
Tennille Simonson needed to find a new doctor. She had lost in-network access to her primary care physician at UPMC, their relationship a casualty of disintegrating ...

Pittsburgh hospitals miss 5-star ranking in patient experience

By Adam Smeltz
Five-star meals can complement a five-star hotel stay in Pittsburgh, where entertainers stage the occasional five-star show. Just don’t expect to see five stars for the ...

Glaxo to close Moon office, affecting 274 workers

By Alex Nixon and David Conti
GlaxoSmithKline will close the North American headquarters of its consumer health care division in Moon by the end of the year, ending a nearly four-decade presence in Western Pennsylvania that will affect 274 employees. London-based Glaxo is consolidating U.S. operations since ...

Latrobe pharmacy will offer overdose antidote

By Renatta Signorini
A Latrobe pharmacy is the first in Westmoreland County to offer a drug that can counter the lethal effects of an overdose of heroin, painkillers or other opioids to anyone who walks in the door. Being able to get naloxone without ...

Kidney exchange in which Allegheny General Hospital participates enables 34 transplants

By Adam Smeltz
A Somerset County man and 33 other renal disease patients received new kidneys this year in an unprecedented national chain of organ transplants, Allegheny General Hospital announced Wednesday. The North Side hospital is among 26 domestic transplant centers that participated in ...

Seniors assured of continued access to Arnold Palmer Cancer Pavilion in Westmoreland County

By Debra Erdley
UPMC and Excela Health said UPMC’s plan to eliminate network access to Medicare Advantage patients will have no impact on seniors seeking cancer care at ...

Wolf order on home care workers illegal, conservative think tank says

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — United Home Care Workers of Pennsylvania sent out secret ballots for a “union ambush election,” backed by two larger unions and aided by an executive order from Gov. Tom Wolf, a conservative policy group charged Tuesday. A spokesman for ...

DermatologistOnCall finds success on the web from its base in Downtown Pittsburgh

By Alex Nixon
Iagnosis Inc. CEO Dave Zynn took the top job at the Downtown-based technology company nine months ago, overseeing a fast expansion of its online dermatology ...

Cover-up by Greensburg plastic surgeon alleged

By Renatta Signorini
A Greensburg plastic surgeon allegedly asked eight people to lie to a federal grand jury and investigators about his practice of prescribing medication to patients,  according to a grand jury indictment unsealed Monday. Dr. Daniel A. Teet, 68, also created false ...

Wolf criticizes UPMC wages; health giant suggests union motivations

By Brad Bumsted  and Adam Smeltz
HARRISBURG — UPMC’s treatment of its employees “doesn’t give you a warm and fuzzy feeling” as the salaries and benefits of its frontline workers lag, ...

UPMC claims union ties bias Wolf against health giant

By Adam Smeltz
UPMC thinks there’s an old adversary behind Gov. Tom Wolf’s public dressing-down of the health giant last week. The Service Employees International Union has battled ...

Hospitals pay special attention to help kids adjust to medical settings

By Kellie B. Gormly
Chelsea Acock hands a miniature plastic anesthesia mask to 8-year-old Aaron Musta, who curiously eyes the device just like the one that will be used ...

Highmark vows in-network access to UPMC for Medicare Advantage members at least through 2015

By Alex Nixon
Highmark Inc. is telling its Medicare Advantage members in Western Pennsylvania that they don’t have to worry about losing in-network access to UPMC — definitely not this year, and maybe not next year. The insurer began phoning the 182,000 seniors in ...

Swedes want relaxed warning on snus smokeless tobacco product

By Adam Smeltz
An increasingly popular European variety of smokeless tobacco will carry less dire public health warnings in the United States if a Swedish manufacturer gets its ...

Excela aims to add cancer center to Norwin Hills plaza

By Tony LaRussa
Excela Health is planning to add a cancer- treatment clinic to its medical facility in the Norwin Hills Shopping Center in North Huntingdon. Excela officials plan ...

UPMC to terminate Medicare contract with Highmark

By Adam Smeltz
As many as 182,000 seniors in Western Pennsylvania could lose in-network access to UPMC hospitals and doctors at the end of the year, a casualty ...

Mylan offers to buy Perrigo for $28.86B

By Alex Nixon
Mylan NV offered to buy fellow drugmaker Perrigo Co. for $28.9 billion, an unsolicited bid that would spawn a powerhouse for generic medicine and help ...

Wait times plunge in Western Pennsylvania, VA says

By Mike Wereschagin  and Carl Prine
Hospitals in the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System in Pittsburgh have all but eliminated a secret wait list that outraged Congress and the public last year, ...