TribLIVE

| News


30 cited for blocking street at union rally at UPMC facility

By Michael Hasch  and Aaron Aupperlee
About 30 people demanding better wages and trying to form a union for service workers at UPMC facilities were arrested for sitting in the middle …

Peduto says city dropped UPMC lawsuit to help nonprofit payment talks

By Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh cleared a major roadblock to negotiating yearly contributions from nonprofits by dropping a lawsuit against UPMC, but it also shed what promised to be costly, time-consuming litigation, experts said. Mayor Bill Peduto on Tuesday said the city took a …

Technology replacing transcriptionists in Western Pa.; fears about quality persist

By Luis Fábregas
As they embrace electronic health records, hospitals in Western Pennsylvania are turning to outside companies to replace transcriptionists, the workers who convert dictation into written reports. Even though outsourcing results in faster turnaround time for the legal reports, some industry …

$17B remedy for VA pitched

By McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON — House and Senate negotiators presented a $17 billion compromise plan on Monday to repair a Department of Veterans Affairs mired in controversy over delayed patient care and agency efforts to conceal the problem. The deal ends weeks of …

Central Blood Bank parent in merger talks with Florida system

By John D. Oravecz
The corporate parent of the Central Blood Bank is in talks with a Florida-based blood center about a merger that would establish the largest independent nonprofit blood management system in the nation. A blood center combining the Institute for Transfusion …

UPMC, Pittsburgh drop tax-status fight

By Brian Bowling
Pittsburgh dropped its legal challenge of UPMC’s tax-exempt status because the two sides hope to establish a fund for nonprofits to invest in city neighborhoods and housing, Kevin Acklin, the mayor’s chief of staff, said on Monday. He said talks …

Grand jury report says Western Psych failed to cooperate with police

By Adam Brandolph
Staff and administrators at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic routinely failed to alert police about patient-on-patient assaults or failed to cooperate with criminal investigations, an …

More patients take on in-home dialysis due to compensation, yearly savings

By Adam Smeltz
Brad Davern could commute for his dialysis treatments, like about 400,000 Americans who depend on clinics to filter their blood. But going to a clinic …

Trauma patients become unwitting guinea pigs in Pittsburgh and beyond

By Adam Smeltz
Hundreds of emergency patients across Western Pennsylvania became human guinea pigs in the past 16 years, enabling doctors to sharpen cardiac arrest, trauma and other crucial treatments in about a dozen clinical trials. Most of those patients have no idea …

Real estate executive Hanna’s gifts target needy Western Pa. families

By Adam Smeltz
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC might widen its reach with new outpatient clinics in Altoona and Erie over the next several years, incoming hospital …

Transplant patients in limbo over coverage under UPMC-Highmark pact

By Luis Fábregas
Transplant patients caught in the middle of the UPMC-Highmark battle say a four-week-old agreement between the rivals is confusing, and some fear they will have …

Health insurers will refund $5.2M to Pa. subscribers, group plans

By Alex Nixon
Health insurers in Pennsylvania will refund about $5.2 million to individual subscribers and group plans because they spent too much on administration, such as salaries and profits, the Obama administration said Wednesday. Insurance carriers across the country will give back …

Rising number of health care workers have less than 4-year degree, study shows

By Alex Nixon
The aging American population is creating more job opportunities for health care workers with less than a four-year college degree. The number of health care workers who have a bachelor’s degree or higher grew at a slower rate during the …

VA settles 3 more Legionnaires’ cases

By Brian Bowling
The Department of Veterans Affairs has settled three more claims related to the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System, according to court documents filed on Wednesday. Cheryl Ann Evans sued the VA in April over the Jan. …

Upper St. Clair family’s efforts pay off as governor signs Down syndrome education bill

By Megan Harris
Gov. Tom Corbett signed a bill that requires genetic counselors and other types of health care practitioners to provide parents with educational information once the practitioner make a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis. The legislation became law last week thanks in …

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 …