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.
March 18, 2014 |
* PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK: THE LIFE & TIMES OF KATRINA GILBERT. 9 tonight, HBO. YOU'D PROBABLY count yourself lucky to have someone like Katrina Gilbert taking care of a person you love. A certified nursing assistant who spends her days - sometimes as many as eight in a row - lifting, feeding, cleaning and otherwise caring for the residents of a Tennessee convalescent home, Gilbert actually seems willing to listen to those who no longer get much of a hearing from anyone else.
March 13, 2014 |
Politics, 'Funny' style Need to get your message heard? You have to go to where the peeps are. In that light, there's nothing funny about President Obama 's decision to talk health-care reform on satirical website Funny or Die ( www.funnyordie.com ). A vid posted on Hangover star Zach Galifianakis ' Funny or Die series Between Two Ferns shows the president entering a jocular interchange with the comic. ZG wanted to engage the world leader about our nation's plans for dealing with aggressor North Ikea, but Obama was eager to get his message out. "What'd you come here to plug?"