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.
September 17, 2015 |
RYAN HOWARD did not take pregame batting practice with his teammates yesterday, and there is at least a possibility he'll be shut down for the season after he made a late-night trip to the emergency room after Monday's game. Howard was diagnosed with a bruised left knee Monday after he took a short-hop throw from Freddy Galvis off his leg in the seventh inning. He was removed from the game an inning later. After Howard left the ballpark and returned home, however, the condition of his knee worsened.
August 20, 2015 |
He wanted to practice Spanish. She wanted to hone her English. So, using a Skype profile feature that allowed them to text and talk, they got acquainted in two languages. Matt was a senior at Albright College in Reading, a Spanish major with a yen for public service; he'd spent part of junior year tutoring first graders in Nicaragua. Marlene was finishing college in Bolivia and hoped English fluency would boost her chances of landing a job as an environmental engineer. "Neither of us was looking for anything romantic," Marlene recalls.
July 15, 2015 |
A 25-year-old man was killed by a gunman who chased him down a Point Breeze street Monday morning, Philadelphia police said. Another four people were wounded in separate shooting and stabbing incidents across the city. Police responded to a report of gunshots on the 1700 block of Tasker Street in Point Breeze at 11:48 a.m., and found the 25-year-old victim shot several times, in the left leg, arm, and chest. A medic took the man to Jefferson University Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
May 11, 2015 |
Three state health departments recently issued warnings about a rise in emergency room visits when people fell seriously ill after using a synthetic drug known as K2 or Spice. The substances are sold as "synthetic marijuana. " A typical urine drug screening cannot detect them. Chemically, they're called THC homologs. Poison centers across the country have been receiving more calls related to these substances. From Jan. 1 through April 29, poison centers received 2,365 calls from people seeking help for adverse reactions to these drugs.