May 5, 2014 |
A Pittsburgh congressman who is also a clinical psychologist is pushing an ambitious overhaul of the country's mental-health care that is winning praise for its breadth - but also criticism from patient advocates who fear it would erode the rights of the mentally ill. Rep. Tim Murphy's bill, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, came partly in response to the Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown, Conn. It is also a response to parents who want desperately to help sick children who are sometimes unable to help themselves.
April 28, 2014 |
Second of four candidate profiles SCRANTON - Katie McGinty moved through the room with the ease of a politician who had decades under her belt. Framed by the sunny halls of John F. Kennedy Elementary School, she shook hands, posed for photos, and greeted children who reached up for hugs. Many of the teachers at the campaign stop 10 days ago had only the vaguest idea who McGinty was. But as they listened to her recite her education priorities, that hardly seemed to matter. If elected governor, McGinty said, she would push to rescind Gov. Corbett's cuts, promote smaller class sizes, and fund preschool.
April 15, 2014 |
Most of us don't know exactly where our tax money goes; neither do we know precisely which government programs our taxes fund. But expect sticker shock from those of us socked with the new 3.8 percent net investment income tax. Most probably, you thought this tax was signed into law to fund Medicare - I mistakenly thought so. Owners of small and medium-size businesses have been particularly piqued this filing season to discover that this money does...
April 14, 2014
Right medicine Physician Valerie Arkoosh is a rising star in the 13th Congressional District Democratic primary ("13th District rivals mix it up," April 8). As the only noncareer politician, she has outraised her opponents. Yet an Inquirer report noting that doctors and medical groups are Arkoosh's biggest donors diminishes the very people who believe in her - many of whom are progressive physicians who see firsthand how Washington dysfunction hurts patients and communities. A majority are women who want a tireless advocate for expanded access to health care.
April 11, 2014
DIVYA DHAR, 28, of Cambridge, Mass., is CEO and co-founder of Seratis. Dhar's company is a University City startup that was one of 10 health-care startups that participated in a boot camp in 2013 to speed development of their business models. Seratis has built a mobile app to enable doctors, nurses and others to coordinate, track and analyze patient care via text, images and videos. Dhar, a New Zealand citizen, is completing a master's degree at Wharton and Harvard Kennedy School and then will move to Philly.
April 1, 2014 |
MANY health-care leaders across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are debating Governor Tom Corbett's proposed plan to change the state's current medical assistance program. Unless facts drive the debate, Pennsylvanians may face significant challenges in accessing quality health care. Here are the facts: Our current medical assistance managed-care program - known as HealthChoices - is an indispensable cornerstone of our state's health-care system. HealthChoices, administered by managed-care organizations (MCOs)
March 30, 2014 |
It was February when the woman walked into Alex Walker's North Philadelphia office to have her tax return done. Finishing her return, the Jackson Hewitt tax preparer asked whether she had health insurance. The woman said she wasn't sure - things were changing at work. "I told her to find out what her job was doing and come back and see me before March 31st," Walker said. The woman returned last week, and Walker helped her fill out the application for coverage through the marketplace under the Affordable Care Act. A licensed insurance broker working with Jackson Hewitt then contacted the woman at home, helped her choose a plan, and completed the enrollment.
March 26, 2014 |
Pharmaceuticals wholesaler AmerisourceBergen resumed its expansion into foreign markets Monday, saying it will invest about $100 million for a minority stake in a leading distributor in Brazil, Profarma Distribuidora de Produtos Farmacêuticos S.A. AmerisourceBergen, headquartered in Valley Forge, is the second largest distributor of prescription medicine in the United States, as measured by revenue. Brazil is the world's fifth most populous country, with about 200 million people, so there is opportunity, but also immense challenges.
March 22, 2014 |
The planned financial split this summer of the Jefferson Health System will result in two organizations close to the same size in terms of revenues, but not in term of profits. Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals Inc. had $1.55 billion in revenues in the year ended June 30, compared with $1.43 billion at Main Line Health Inc., according to data released this week. But Main Line, which owns four acute-care hospitals in Philadelphia's relatively affluent western suburbs, had $157 million in operating profit in fiscal 2013, twice as much as the $74 million reported by Thomas Jefferson.