The Pennsylvania Senate Health and Human Services Committee has approved Senator Judy Ward’s (R-30) bill to cut red tape and expand options for ambulatory surgical centers (ASC).  ASCs are health care facilities focused on providing same-day surgical care, including diagnostic and preventive procedures. Senate Bill 818 updates the regulations to include procedures on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) procedures list. If the procedure is not on the CMS list, the center may then seek a waiver or exception from the state Department of Health. The bill will now go to the full Senate for consideration. 

A Route 103 crash Wednesday afternoon in Granville Township injured one person.  Authorities have not identified the driver of a vehicle that struck several parked cars in Juniata Terrace yesterday at about 12:45 pm.  State Police will continue the investigation. 

The Center for Dairy Excellence is accepting applications for a second round of funding through the Dairy Excellence Grant Program. This is a competitive grant program that offers up to 50%, or a maximum matching level of $5,000, to approved dairy farms. Improvement projects can include anything related to improving dairy farm efficiency, milking and housing facilities, or feeding systems. The project should focus on improving milk production and enhancing overall farm profitability and efficiency.  The deadline to apply is October 15th.  More information is available here.