July 8, 2016
DEAR ABBY: On a recent trip out of state, my husband became ill. The hotel we stayed in referred us to a nearby urgent care walk-in clinic. The nurse took his blood pressure, which was very high. The "doctor" never took his temperature or mentioned the high blood pressure to us. He prescribed six drugs and we went on our way. My husband was happy; I was not. When we returned home, I looked up the doctor's name on the internet. Actually, he was a physician's assistant, not a medical doctor.
April 17, 2016 |
Princeton businesswoman Kim Pimley serves on nonprofit boards, ran for mayor a few years back, and keeps in shape by bashing a 150-pound punching bag. The type of person who runs up escalators, the 55-year-old was always overflowing with energy. Until, all of a sudden, she wasn't. She started to feel short of breath in early January, and wondered whether she had caught a bug. But she felt progressively worse, at one point unable to climb the stairs without sitting to rest halfway up. Within days she was sent to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where she received unthinkable news: A rare, aggressive disease, its cause unknown, was attacking her heart.
April 7, 2016
ISSUE | HEALTH CARE Consult kin of elderly We are grateful for Stacey Burling's article discussing care of elderly patients with diminished mental function ("Care of memory-loss patients reviewed," March 28). We have assisted in the care of our charming but often slightly befuddled mother countless times in the past 10 years. Too many times when she has gone to emergency rooms at Philadelphia hospitals, our requests to be contacted so we can provide an accurate history and critical information have been ignored.
February 23, 2016
ISSUE | MARIJUANA A medical necessity My son, Marksen, 7, was diagnosed with autism at age 2. He has always had difficulty with behavioral issues, but his condition has worsened greatly in the past year: He has become violent toward himself and others, especially his family. Marksen has been to the hospital at least 50 times in the last year- to the emergency room, gastrointestinal doctors, and an autism specialist. We've tried various medications, with numerous side effects and little relief.
February 4, 2016 |
Aetna Inc. has signed a contract with the Delaware Valley Accountable Care Organization expected to cover 70,000 commercially-insured Aetna members under the care of primary-care physicians in the Philadelphia-area ACO, the Connecticut insurer said Tuesday. The Aetna deal is the first commercial contract for the Delaware Valley ACO, which is owned by Main Line Health, Jefferson Health, Holy Redeemer Health System, Doylestown Health, and Magee Rehabilitiation Hospital. Since 2014, the Delware Valley ACO has been participating in a Medicare shared-savings program.
December 10, 2015 |
Since suffering a near-fatal asthma attack in the summer of 2014, 51-year-old Peter Bowser has been hospitalized 20 times. Doctors believe Bowser's asthma was exacerbated by his living conditions: a resident of a Camden homeless shelter, he left the facility each morning and walked several miles to a library, where he could stay indoors to get relief from hot or cold weather. Last month, Bowser became one of the first people to be placed in an apartment through Camden County's new "Housing First" program, aimed at reducing chronic homelessness and expensive emergency room visits.
November 20, 2015 |
A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury has awarded $10.1 million to a mother and her son, whose physicians at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia failed to timely diagnose his bacterial meningitis following several trips to the emergency room. Shamir Tillery, now 6, suffers from hearing loss, language disorder, developmental and learning delays, and a loss of balance. He was 11 months old when he came down with meningitis. "You just have to ask yourself how this kid can go, this baby can go, to CHOP three days in a row with this problem and it takes them that long to say, 'You know, he really is having a problem,' " the family's lawyer, Andrew Stern, said Wednesday.
November 15, 2015 |
Tamela Oglesby was gasping for air. "It felt like my last breath," the 35-year-old nursing assistant said, reaching for her throat as she recounted that night one year ago. "I thought I was going to die. My heart was just beating, really, really fast. " Figuring it would be the fastest way there, she took a bus to Pennsylvania Hospital's emergency room, a few blocks from her Northern Liberties apartment. A chest X-ray revealed the diagnosis that changed her life in ways Oglesby could not have expected.
October 19, 2015 |
When Ethan Silver injured his knee during a high school wrestling match, his parents took him to the hospital to have it checked. It wasn't a life-and-death situation, so the Silvers went to a hospital they knew accepted the Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance they had through work. Ethan's sprained knee was taped, and he was given crutches and told to follow up with an orthopedist. The Silvers paid their $100 co-pay and headed home to Blue Bell. A few weeks later, they received a $200 bill from a doctor who examined Ethan in the emergency room.
October 12, 2015 |
I'm still getting a number of emails about the column on ground-fault circuit interrupters in garage construction - the original questioner wanted to know whether the contractor was exceeding code rather than meeting it. This from Frederick C. Matz of Coatesville: "Like your original correspondent, I have a new house which was built to code. "The electrical code requires that all circuits with an outlet, light, or switch on the exterior be protected by a GFCI. "My front porch light is on a GFCI.