October 2, 2015 |
Thousands of union janitors marched through Center City Wednesday, hoping to preserve their benefits and earn what they call fair wages. The rally on Chestnut Street included brief speeches by mayoral candidate Jim Kenney, City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., and City Council President Darrell L. Clarke. Members of SEIU 32BJ gathered outside a high-rise apartment building at 2116 Chestnut about 11:45 a.m. After exciting the crowd with chants and encouraging words, union leaders led a march to John F. Kennedy Plaza.
October 1, 2015 |
Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia, the Rothman Institute, and other large specialty physician groups are organizing to link their practices' medical records electronically and eventually enter joint contracts with employers and insurers. Papers sealing a partnership creating NueHealth Greater Philadelphia are expected to be signed Thursday. NueHealth will start with 750 physicians from independent groups; an additional 250 have verbally committed to NueHealth, said its chief executive, Tom Eicke.
October 1, 2015 |
Wilmington's St. Francis Hospital agreed to a $4 million settlement with Medicare and Medicaid after volunarily disclosing that between 2007 and 2010 it improperly admitted patients into its inpatient rehabilitation unit and then billed the government, the U.S. Attorney for Delaware said. St. Francis closed the unit in 2011. The settlement also resolved allegations that 395-bed St. Francis employed a person who was excluded from participating in federal health care programs. St. Francis is part of Trinity Health, one of the nation's largest Catholic hospital systems.
September 27, 2015 |
For more than a century, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has been training health-care practitioners. This month, the college formally installed its eighth president, Jay S. Feldstein, an alumnus of the college and a Philadelphia native. He has been in office for more than a year, during which he has developed a five-year strategic plan to help the college grow academically and physically. More than 1,000 students are seeking a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at the college, where tuition is $45,036 a year.
September 19, 2015 |
Edith Mitchell grew up in the "very segregated" farming town of Brownsville, Tenn., at a time when it was unusual for a little girl of any race to dream of becoming a doctor. But she says that she decided, at age 3, to go to medical school after being impressed by the African American doctor who made a house call to her ailing great-grandfather. When she announced her ambition, no one tried to stop her. "You can be whatever you want to be," said her great-grandfather, who died not long after that visit.
September 8, 2015 |
One-stop shopping has taken on new meaning for customers of the Acme supermarket just off the Black Horse Pike in Audubon. They can now add medical treatment to their grocery list. Prominently in the front of the Camden County supermarket is a recently opened clinic, staffed by a nurse-practitioner, that provides treatment for minor ailments, such as sore throats, fevers, flu, ear aches, and colds. "This is a good tool to use," said Brian Seeley, a Voorhees family physician who occasionally sees patients at the clinic.
September 7, 2015
After all this time, Center City Philadelphia is still losing steam as a corporate center. Is that a bad thing? In the last two years, publicly traded Cigna , Sunoco , Arkema , Dow Chemical 's advanced materials division (formerly Rohm and Haas), and Destination Maternity all moved their headquarters to the suburbs or out of state, following the vanished banks, insurance companies, railroads and manufacturers. A few public companies have moved downtown - DuPont spin-off Axalta Coating Systems from Wilmington, and construction-project manager Hill International moved in from South Jersey.
September 1, 2015 |
Yvette R. Long, 50, of Philadelphia, who pushed to obtain quality health-care services for Pennsylvania's low-income residents, died Saturday, Aug. 22, of a pulmonary embolism while visiting her family in Delaware. Ms. Long was a leader of Pennsylvania's Medical Assistance Advisory Committee (MAAC), which counseled the state on Medicaid policy development and program administration. Since 2005, she had chaired the MAAC's Consumer Subcommittee, one of the most active consumer-advisory committees in the nation.
August 31, 2015 |
One in an occasional series Yes, James Guyton is tethered to an oxygen line half as long as his rowhouse on Olney Avenue. And yes, he's a little unsteady on his feet. But, nobody knows how to mop better than Guyton, 69, now suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. "He wants to outdo me in cleaning," said home health aide Antwanette Hill, 28, laughing. Hill visits Guyton every day to help him bathe and make sure he eats. "I told you he was stubborn," she said affectionately, as the bucket toppled, sending a puddle of cleaning solution onto the floor.
August 30, 2015 |
Computer hackers with ill will seem to be lurking around every corner, and health care is not immune. "The richness of the information means that the cybersecurity threat to health care has increased," Michael Ebert, KPMG partner and health-care leader at the firm's cyber practice, wrote in a report this week. "The magnitude of the threat against health-care information has grown exponentially, but the intention or spend in securing that information has not always followed. " KPMG is one of the Big Four accounting, audit, and advisory firms.