April 24, 2016 |
In states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, low-income adults were more likely to see a doctor, stay overnight in a hospital, and receive their first diagnoses of diabetes and high cholesterol, according to a study published Monday. Yet researchers found no improvement in adults' own assessments of their health, a conclusion echoed by similar studies, the authors wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Two factors might explain the lack of perceived improvement.
March 16, 2016
ISSUE | HEALTH CARE Single-payer systems work A determination as to whether a health-care system is working must be based on three factors: access, cost, and outcomes. A commentary about single-payer health care barely touches on two of these factors while not mentioning outcomes ("Single-payer health care unworkable, too costly," March 8). U.S. health-care spending is the highest in the world, yet we rank 37th in the world in quality of care and have the lowest life expectancy among major industrialized countries: 78.8 years in 2013, compared with a median of 81.2 years among those countries.
March 13, 2016
Q How do I use the hospital ratings information I keep seeing online? A:Before I choose a car, appliance, or even a restaurant, I check out ratings and reviews. Your purchase of health care should get the same attention - or more. At least 10 different websites list quality and safety ratings for Pennsylvania hospitals. You can and should use this information in your search for a hospital. Hospital Compare, Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, and the Joint Commission Top Performers are among the most trustworthy places to look.
March 11, 2016
ISSUE | HEALTH INSURANCE A sour side of the land of milk and honey I have relatives in Northern Ireland and Canada and friends from Australia. Not one of them has ever said, "We wish we had the health-care plan you have in the United States" ("Single-payer health care unworkable, too costly," Tuesday). |Desmond McCaffery, Trooper
March 9, 2016 |
By Peter J. Pitts In an attempt to halt Bernie Sanders' rise in the polls, Hillary Clinton is waging a campaign against his single-payer health plan. Remarkably, one of Clinton's main criticisms is that Sanders' scheme would undermine the cause of federally controlled health care by giving too much power to the states. Yes, we must be in an election year. As Clinton has put it, Sanders "wants to roll Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, the Affordable Care Act program, and private health insurance into a national system and turn it over to the states to administer.
March 8, 2016 |
For Kathy Jordan, cats are like potato chips. You can't have just one. It's a motto that led the 58-year-old financial adviser to adopt her first cat in 1991, and to rescue another just years later. It led to establishing Green Street Rescue, a Philadelphia cat adoption center, in 2005, and along the way, to fostering hundreds of cats of her own. This weekend, it again led the Fairmount woman to perhaps her most crowning achievement: opening Philadelphia's first feline cafe.
February 25, 2016 |
Since returning to the ranks of publicly traded companies a year ago through its merger with Skilled Healthcare Group Inc., Kennett Square's Genesis HealthCare Inc. has had a rough ride. The price of its shares has plummeted to $1.80 from $8.77 Feb. 2, 2015, the day the merger was completed, and the company this week reported a net loss of $426 million on revenue of $5.6 billion in 2015, up from $254 million in 2014, when Genesis had $4.8 billion in revenue. Genesis' chief executive, George V. Hager Jr., assured analysts Tuesday on a conference call to discuss the earnings report that the company was in good shape for the long haul, despite near-term turbulence in the nursing-home industry.
February 16, 2016 |
The New Hampshire results have solidified the reigning cliché that the 2016 campaign is an antiestablishment revolt of both the left and the right. Largely overlooked, however, is the role played in setting the national mood by the seven-year legacy of the Obama presidency. Yes, you hear constant denunciations of institutions, parties, leaders, donors, lobbyists, influence peddlers. But the starting point of the bipartisan critique is the social, economic, and geopolitical wreckage all around us. Bernie Sanders is careful never to blame Obama directly, but his description of the America Obama leaves behind is devastating - a wasteland of stagnant wages, rising inequality, a sinking middle class, young people crushed by debt, and the American Dream dying.
February 16, 2016
ISSUE | HEALTH CARE Protect professionals By a vote of 177-0, Pennsylvania's House of Representatives sent a message Wednesday that more can be done to protect the state's health-care workers from assault during the performance of their jobs. House Bill 1219 adds health-care professionals to a protected class of individuals in cases of assault. Sponsored by Rep. Judy Ward (R., Blair), the bill raises the penalty from a second-degree misdemeanor to a felony. Nearly 60 percent of nonfatal assaults and violent acts occur in the health-care and social-assistance industry.
February 16, 2016 |
There are two New Jerseys, particularly when it comes to public health. There are the urban hubs, older cities in the north and central Jersey with their mix of poverty and prosperity, often sitting side by side with affluent suburbs. And there are the vast rural stretches, including much of the state's south, with its farming communities and former waterfront factory towns. They both face many of the same public health issues: childhood obesity, undiagnosed and untreated diseases such as diabetes and cancer, smoking, and opioid addiction.