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ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* 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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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?"
NEWS
March 13, 2014
PERHAPS YOU'VE noticed Gov. Corbett lately lugging his conservative record from the right over toward the center-left. After pulling polling numbers more often equated with pestilence than politicians, Corbett, who is seeking re-election, suddenly is using his office to seek popularity. As you might imagine - given his past positions/proclamations on women, minorities, gays, the unemployed, the needy and, well, everything - this requires some heavy lifting. The guv just underwent hernia surgery.
NEWS
March 7, 2014
M AX PERELMAN, 37, of East Falls, is co-founder and head of business development for Philly start-up Biomeme. Backed by DreamIt Ventures, Biomeme has a device that will turn your smartphone into a mobile DNA-replicating machine to help point-of-care clinicians quickly diagnose and track infectious diseases. Other co-founders are Jesse vanWestrienen, 30, of Old City, and Marc DeJohn, 44, of East Falls. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Biomeme? A: Marc and Jesse have backgrounds in bioscience and engineering and had been working on a mobile-diagnostics device.
NEWS
March 2, 2014 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Al Tiller was in a state of despair on Jan. 7, when yet another hospital worker came into his room. He was homeless. Estranged from his daughter. Hadn't had a drink in a week. And his hands - on their way to losing parts of six fingers, the result of frostbite - "looked like something out of Halloween . " The worker sat down. "She said, 'I know you from somewhere,' " recalled Tiller, 61. They started tossing out names from the Southwest Philadelphia community where both had lived.
NEWS
February 27, 2014 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
The biggest, broadest study of one of the hottest new trends in health care - the patient-centered "medical home" - found almost no benefits, researchers reported Tuesday. Yet neither they nor other experts saw the results of their three-year study, involving more than 100,000 patients in Philadelphia and its suburbs, as primarily negative. Indeed, Independence Blue Cross, which took part in the study and saw early results coming in several years ago, revamped its payments to primary care providers.
NEWS
February 26, 2014
Better legal tools Recent arrests in connection with the 2012 arson and vandalism of a Quaker meetinghouse construction site in Chestnut Hill shed light on a longstanding concern that intimidation and violence remain a dark side of organized labor in Pennsylvania ("Violence doesn't benefit unions," Feb. 21). While most unions do not participate in these activities, the scenario involving Ironworkers Local 401 shows the state needs additional legal safeguards. State law exempts parties to a labor dispute from prosecution for certain types of harassment, but legislation before the state House (House Bill 1154)
NEWS
February 25, 2014
LAST WEEK, Gov. Corbett sent an official application to the federal government explaining why he thinks that his plan for offering health coverage to low-income Pennsylvanians is better than the feds' plan. A draft of Corbett's proposal was made public in December and was the subject of hearings in January. Unfortunately, the official application hasn't improved with time. To review: As part of the Affordable Care Act, the feds have given states the option to expand Medicaid in order to make sure that as many people as possible will have health coverage.
NEWS
February 20, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
GLASSBORO Rowan University has received a $3.05 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to pay for an 18-month health-care delivery effort, the school announced Tuesday morning. The money will support a loose-knit collection of projects aimed at developing "new and enhanced methods and approaches to health-care delivery," Kenneth Blank, Rowan's senior vice president for health sciences, said at a news conference. Rowan will "convene panels of experts," Blank said, who will work with consultant teams to improve current programs, such as its Institute for Successful Aging.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
As millions of policyholders learned late last year that their health insurance was being canceled, recriminations began to fly. Who was to blame? Was it incompetent, devious Democrats intent on soaking the rich, or menacing Republican saboteurs taking time out from their relentless war on women to take away health care from the poor? Then a new and seemingly soothing narrative emerged. It was sagely suggested that policymakers always understood there would be winners and losers, and anyway, this was all in the service of making health care better in America.
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