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Federal appeals courts disagree on Obamacare subsidies

By Alex Nixon
More than 250,000 low-income workers in Pennsylvania could lose subsidies that reduce the cost of their health insurance under a federal appeals court decision on …

10 million Americans sought help to enroll in Obamacare

By Alex Nixon
Bob Nelson’s business surged earlier this year when people scrambled to find health coverage to comply with the Affordable Care Act. Even though uninsured consumers …

Backlog of black lung claims grabs feds’ attention

By Brian Bowling
The federal government needs more staff in Pittsburgh to handle an increasing number of workers’ compensation cases tied to black lung disease in miners, a …

Allegheny County warns of uptick in Lyme disease cases

By Aaron Aupperlee
Allegheny County health officials warned residents on Tuesday to watch out for ticks because cases of Lyme disease have spiked in Western Pennsylvania. Dr. Karen …

State grant to aid Excela plans for orthopedic center in Hempfield

By Richard Gazarik
Excela Health has received a $3 million state grant to pay for the design and construction of an orthopedic treatment center in Hempfield, according to the state. Now, all the Greensburg-based health-care system has to do is find a location …

Allegheny Health Network offers glimpse of Pine ‘medical mall’

By Adam Smeltz
Banks of floor-to-ceiling windows, a grand piano and “healing garden” for quiet contemplation will greet patients when Allegheny Health Network opens its $100 million Wexford …

Pitt study: Cystic fibrosis could be two diseases

By Luis Fábregas
People with unexplained pancreatic problems might have a previously unknown type of cystic fibrosis that doesn’t affect the lungs, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh. The Pitt team, working with researchers at other institutions, says this second kind …

Potentially deadly Legionella bacteria found at UPMC Presbyterian hospital

By Luis Fábregas
Infection control workers at UPMC Presbyterian hospital this week found Legionella bacteria in sinks in three patient rooms, but officials said no patients have tested …

Ministry eyes challenge to abortion ‘buffer zones’ in Pittsburgh

By Adam Smeltz
An Arizona-based legal ministry that helped overturn protest-free “buffer zones” at Massachusetts abortion providers might try to reverse a similar rule in Pittsburgh, a ministry …

Downtown rappelling event spotlights drug, alcohol addiction treatment

By Tribune-Review
Dozens of people working to highlight efforts to treat drug and alcohol addiction rappelled Tuesday down the exterior of the 26-story Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh, …

UPMC software eases physicians’ access to diverse patient records

By Natasha Lindstrom
His new cardiology patients may not realize it, but Dr. Shivdev Rao typically does some complicated homework before he enters their rooms. Rao sits down …

Pennsylvania bans those under 17 from using UV light beds

By Natasha Lindstrom
People younger than 17 can no longer slide into a commercial tanning bed in Pennsylvania to get the bronze glow they crave. A state law …

Health care executives juggle dual responsibilities

By Luis Fábregas
When Leslie Davis became chief of UPMC’s hospital division in May, she kept her job as president of Magee-Womens Hospital in Oakland. With her iPhone …

Highmark to switch its workers to high-deductible insurance plans

By Alex Nixon
Highmark Health, parent company of the state’s largest health insurer and Pittsburgh’s second-largest hospital network, plans to switch its 38,000 employees to high-deductible health plans. The move would be implemented in 2016 at the earliest, Maureen Cahill, a senior vice …

Jefferson Hospital reveals state-of-the-art cancer center

By Carol Waterloo Frazier
Jefferson Hospital introduced its Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute on Thursday. “We are very proud of our new state-of-the-art facility,” Jefferson Hospital executive vice president …

67 who blew lid off VA scandal claim agency retaliated against them

By Mike Wereschagin
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel is investigating six whistle-blower claims at five VA medical facilities in the Pittsburgh-based Veterans Integrated Services Network 4 region, …

Voluntary prescription guidelines issued to Pennsylvania physicians for painkillers

By Adam Smeltz
State health officials and private-sector medical leaders are urging doctors to be cautious with painkiller prescriptions for opioids, the psychoactive chemicals often linked to drug addiction and overdoses. The Pennsylvania Medical Society joined the state drug, alcohol and health departments …

Western Pa. hospitals test robot using ultraviolet rays to kill bacteria

By Adam Smeltz
Part electric bug zapper, part “Star Wars,” light-blasting robots are emerging as Western Pennsylvania’s newest weapon against hospital-acquired infections blamed in thousands of patient deaths …

Funding shortfalls leave ambulance agencies ailing

By Tory N. Parrish
In 1987, there were 136 ambulance services in Allegheny County. Today, there are 45, said Tim Butler, deputy administrator for the McCandless-Franklin Park Ambulance Authority. …

Pennsylvania per-inmate cost of prison medical services drops 8 percent

By Alex Nixon
Pennsylvania’s work to rein in spending on health care for prisoners led to an 8 percent drop in the per-inmate cost of medical services over five years, according to a report Tuesday from two nonprofit organizations. But the state’s overall …