July 15, 2015 |
DreamIt Health Philadelphia - a boot camp for health start-ups - celebrated its third year Monday, saying that 21 firms had gone through the program and that 10 more were poised to participate. Powered by a collaboration among DreamIt Ventures, Independence Blue Cross, and Penn Medicine, the 16-week program's goal is to provide the support that takes a health-care idea to market. "We wanted to reach out into the entrepreneurial world and find passionate innovators who can help us reimagine health care," said Tom Olenzak, director of innovation for IBC. "We're trying to figure out what the future of health care looks like.
July 9, 2015
ISSUE | HEALTH School centers reinvent wheel Outsourcing will not provide 90 percent of what school nurses provide, and school-based health centers will not fill the gap ("Schools can be health centers," July 5). According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and various other experts, including the federal Head Start program's performance standards, every child should have a "medical home" in the community. We do not need another layer of care between the child and his medical-home health provider.
July 9, 2015 |
The U.S. Customs conversation is often the same for Kemal Malik, who carries a United Kingdom passport as a top executive for the German-based global giant Bayer AG. The agent will ask Malik what company he works for. Malik: "Bayer. " Agent: "Oh, the aspirin company. " "That's what we are known for, and that's great," Malik said in Philadelphia recently at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting. "But we want to be known for other stuff and we have that opportunity.
July 1, 2015 |
The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia's tentative agreement with the owners of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com calls for no increase in health-care costs and the end of unpaid furloughs for Guild members, the union said. In an e-mail to its members Monday morning, the Guild announced that it had negotiated a two-year deal with Philadelphia Media Network that also included no changes to the health-care plan for at least the first year of the contract.
June 27, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Democrats celebrated. Republicans fumed. And while some promised to continue fighting to kill President Obama's signature health law after Thursday's defeat at the Supreme Court, others in the GOP said it was time to try other tactics, at least until they can take back the White House. "As long as there's a president named Obama, the health-care law will not be repealed," said Rep. Charlie Dent (R., Pa.). "We're going to have to deal with the law as it is, and try to make changes wherever and however we can. " Democrats, by contrast, gleefully celebrated a win that protects Obama's Affordable Care Act. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.)
June 26, 2015
POPE FRANCIS hasn't even arrived, but already yesterday brought two miracles. Both are court rulings, and both will ensure millions of Pennsylvanians will be able to lead healthier lives. First, the state Commonwealth Court struck down Act 192 that would have allowed the National Rifle Association to sue Pennsylvania cities that enact local gun laws, and demand taxpayers pay their legal fees. The law was an affront to big cities like ours that are fighting against gun violence. The court's decision dealt a rare defeat for the NRA, a miracle for which we have two words: Praise Jesus.
June 23, 2015 |
Barbara Butler takes home $250 a week for driving a school bus with blind children to a Catholic day school part time. Her health insurance premiums are $517 a month. She pays 76 cents, and Washington picks up the rest. The Supreme Court is expected to rule within a week on whether that subsidy, a key part of President Obama's health-care law, is legal in 34 states. If it decides not, then the West Philadelphia resident's premiums would swell to half her income. "Fortunately for me, I'm pretty healthy," Butler said.
June 17, 2015 |
Independence Blue Cross and Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals will begin collaborating July 1 to fund innovations in health care and help identify and potentially give seed money to in-house entrepreneurs. Called the Independence Blue Cross-Jefferson Health Innovation Collaboration, the $2 million partnership will be funded evenly by IBC's Blue Cross Center for Health Care Innovation and Jefferson's Innovation Pillar. The partnership creates an entrepreneur-in-residence at Jefferson and funds a fall 2015 "hackathon," an entrepreneurship curriculum, and a business speaker series for medical students and faculty.
May 28, 2015 |
A new group - backed by the region's largest health insurer, its top academic medical centers, Comcast Corp., and others - wants to roll out the red carpet for health-care start-ups in the Philadelphia region. The Health Care Innovation Collaborative grew out of a CEO Council for Growth task force chaired by John Fry, president of Drexel University, and Dan Hilferty, president and chief executive of Independence Blue Cross. The collaborative is to be announced Wednesday at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce's annual State of the Region meeting in Center City.
May 15, 2015 |
The Philadelphia School District is considering outsourcing its health services, officials said Wednesday - a move that might mean privatizing jobs held by unionized school nurses. Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said the district, rocked by years of brutal budgets, has to find a way to expand medical services and was exploring bringing in private providers to do so. "With the significant cuts that we've made, it's impacted our ability to deliver health services to all children that need those services," Hite said.