May 27, 2014 |
The day before Universal Health Services Inc. held its annual meeting Tuesday, members of the Service Employees International Union distributed leaflets outside Friends Hospital in Philadelphia and three other area behavioral health facilities run by UHS. On Wednesday, four union members showed up at the annual meeting for the King of Prussia-based company, which employs 65,000 people in 25 acute-care hospitals and 195 behavioral health facilities around...
May 15, 2014 |
The union that represents casino workers in Atlantic City has for years been experimenting with ways to reduce health-care costs for its members while improving results. The latest effort is a primary-care center opened this year in Atlantic City by Unite Here Health, a national labor-management trust fund that provides health benefits to 20,000 Unite Here Local 54 members and dependents. The center, which had its grand opening Tuesday, has three physicians and a nurse-practitioner.
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.