May 15, 2013
WITH three first-degree murder verdicts against Kermit Gosnell, we can call him a baby-killer without the political freight that that term usually carries in the fight over abortion rights. There was no ambiguity in his actions, no debate over when a fetus becomes viable when he performed his illegal late-term abortions of some babies who were born alive. No one would defend his actions as legal, or protected by Roe v. Wade. The verdict may bring to a close the gruesome and horrifying details of Gosnell's butchery practice.
May 14, 2013
L EO SAFRO, 34, of Ivyland, Bucks County, is CEO and owner of MultiCare Health System, based in Willow Grove. Launched last year, the company provides primary-care services to about 100 homebound patients, most of whom are seniors. Q: How did you come up with the idea for MultiCare? A: I was a consultant and started in home health care. I saw that lots of patients didn't have a primary-care physician or weren't seeing one. That increases hospitalizations and doesn't give people comfort about their health.
May 10, 2013 |
TRENTON - Spending on prescription medicines in the United States fell for the first time in decades last year, slipping as cash-strapped consumers continued to cut back on use of health-care services. Patients also benefited from a surge of new, inexpensive generic versions of widely used drugs for chronic conditions such as high cholesterol, according to a new report. Total spending on medications dipped 1 percent, to $325.8 billion last year from $329.2 billion in 2011. Likewise, average spending per person on medicines fell by $33, to $898 last year, according to the report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.
May 10, 2013 |
TIME HAS not been kind to the library, city health center and recreation center at Broad and Morris streets in South Philly. Each of the properties could be described in less than glowing terms - old, small, rundown, outdated, take your pick. But the future for the heavily-used site is looking decidedly brighter, thanks to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. CHOP is planning to partner with the city to reimagine the one-block chunk of Broad Street and make it home to a pediatric care center and a completely new playground, library, rec center and health center.
May 6, 2013
Bruce Broussard President and CEO , Humana Inc. Managed health-care company and insurer in Louisville, Ky. Age: 50 Tenure: CEO since Jan. 1, president since Dec. 1, 2011. No. of employees: 45,000. No. of Humana members: 12 million medical, 8 million specialty. Finances: $1.2 billion net income on FY2012 revenue of $39.1 billion. Regular reads: Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fortune, Cycling World, Sailing World. Recent book: How Will You Measure Your Life ?
May 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Thousands of people with serious medical problems are in danger of losing coverage under President Obama's health-care overhaul because of cost overruns, state officials say. At risk is the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, a transition program that's become a lifeline for the so-called uninsurables - people with serious medical conditions who can't get coverage elsewhere. The program helps bridge the gap for those patients until next year, when under the new law insurance companies will be required to accept people regardless of their medical problems.
April 26, 2013 |
This story has been updated. IN A MOVE that the LGBT community called "historic," City Council approved a bill yesterday that would require the city's health plan to pay for transgender city workers to complete "gender-confirmation surgery. " The bill also would require newly constructed or renovated city-owned buildings to have gender-neutral bathrooms. "We're continuing on the American road to full equality and civil rights for all of our citizens," said Councilman Jim Kenney, who sponsored the bill at the request of the LGBT community.
April 19, 2013 |
THE NUMBER of Philadelphians who need free or low-cost health care has increased, and nowhere is that more evident than in the Northeast, home to a severely underserved, uninsured, high-risk population, according to health-care advocates. At Health Center 10, on Cottman Avenue near Bustleton, the average wait for first-time adult patients is 251 days, city Health Commissioner Donald Schwarz told City Council during a budget hearing Wednesday. That's 15 fewer days than last year, but still much higher than the average at all eight city-run health centers, 83 days, he said.
April 15, 2013 |
Ralph F. Moriarty, 92, of Gladwyne, an executive who envisioned a merger of Main Line hospitals into a single health-care system and brought his vision to life, died Wednesday, April 10, at Lankenau Medical Center of complications from a stroke. Mr. Moriarty ended his days in the hospital where he had served as president and a member of the board of trustees from 1970 until retiring in 1988. During that time, he had the foresight to see that with the changing economic climate, the Main Line's hospitals would fare better if they banded together for efficiency, said his son Frank C. Acting on that instinct in January 1985, Mr. Moriarty guided the creation and development of Main Line Health, which has grown to be one of the largest employers in the Philadelphia area.
April 11, 2013
SEVERAL years ago, I wrote about health care in Japan, where the government had begun charging corporations for their overweight employees. The Japanese tackle diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and heart disease with a tape measure first: A waist circumference greater than 33.5 inches for women and 35.5 inches for men is enough to trigger a fine for an employer. My readers scoffed at this strategy, reacting with laughter and a lot of eye-rolling. Fast-forward to today. With health-care costs soaring in the United States, many companies have started to penalize overweight employees.