November 8, 2015 |
Universal Health Services Inc., of King of Prussia, said Friday that Pennsylvania officials had demanded that seven of its mental hospitals return $4 million to the state in fiscal 2011 payments made to the hospitals to compensate for losses on Medicaid and uninsured patients. The demand was made in a late September letter from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, UHS said in its quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commisssion. State officials on Friday said the letters went to about 40 of roughly 200 hospitals eligible for the payments, but did not say how much money was demanded back overall.
November 5, 2015 |
The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing has agreed to sell its operation serving low-income people 55 and older sick enough for a nursing home but want to keep living at home, to Trinity Health. Terms of the deal, which was disclosed Tuesday, were not released. Penn said it plans to continue to use the program's West Philadelphia facility for training and research. Trinity, which operates so-called Living Independence for the Elderly programs, or LIFE programs, through Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania and other Philadelphia-area properties, is already the area's largest operator of the program that combines Medicare and Medicaid benefits.
November 4, 2015
JUST AS BACON has permeated our culture - bacon-flavored ice cream, soda, cologne, massage oil, toothpaste, beer - comes word from the esteemed World Health Organization that bacon (along with other processed meats) is no good for you. As if we thought it was. WHO said it increases the chance of cancer. What doesn't? One analysis showed that eating 50 grams (less than 2 ounces) of processed meat daily increases the lifetime chance of colorectal cancer by 18 percent, but because the chance of Americans developing colorectal cancer is only 1 in 20, the risk rises from 5 to 6 percent.
November 4, 2015 |
The University of Pennsylvania Health System has agreed to help VPS Healthcare, a health system based in the United Arab Emirates, improve the care of patients with lifestyle-related disease, such as diabetes, and cancer, VPS said Monday.. No terms were disclosed. As part of the partnership, Penn will help VPS develop educational conferences, standards for patient care, as well as continuing medical education for physicians, nurses and other allied health professionals. VPS operates 14 hospitals in the Middle East, Europe, and India.
November 2, 2015 |
Yvonne Wagner Purdue, 62, of Cedar Brook, Winslow Township, a registered nurse who was a branch manager at Virtua Home Health Care in Mount Laurel from 2003 until earlier this year, died of cancer Monday, Oct. 26, at her home. Mrs. Purdue's agency managed "continuity of care following hospital discharge" of patients, she wrote in autobiographical notes. "She managed teams of 10 to 15 registered nurses, a pretty active manager," son Steven C. Purdue said. "Every time she took over a new team," he said, the scores for patient satisfaction "went up to 98 percent, pretty consistently.
October 28, 2015 |
If they Dreamit, will the dollars follow? And our health improve? Several newly spawned Philadelphia-based start-ups with health applications made that pitch Monday at the third annual Dreamit Health Demo Day in Center City. Products ran the gamut from the Smart Mouthguard wearable from Gray Matter, which measures if athletes have suffered a concussion (50 percent now go undetected), to a tracking system for cancer patients, Oncora Medical, that calculates if doctors are overdoing it on the treatment.
October 25, 2015 |
Near the end of her talk to medical students and staff at the University of Pennsylvania's medical school last week, Christina Puchalski showed a picture of her 93-year-old father awaiting hernia surgery a year ago. A stream of medical students and residents, all intent on getting him efficiently to the operating room, had asked him a lot of questions very quickly. Suddenly, he turned to her and said, "Chrissy, take me home. " Puchalski, a palliative-care physician and expert on infusing science-based medicine with spirituality, gave her father's surgeon, Juliet Lee, a helpless look.
October 23, 2015 |
THE PHILADELPHIA School District is scrapping a plan to offer private health services in schools, officials announced yesterday. The district issued a request for proposals in May to expand health services and explore different delivery models. Six entities responded, but the district decided that the plans were not feasible. "Cost wasn't necessarily a factor; I think the feasibility of implementing the proposals was the greater factor," said Karyn Lynch, chief of student support services.
October 23, 2015 |
THE ACLU OF Pennsylvania is suing the secretary of the state Department of Human Services and two other officials for what it calls a "consistent and continuing failure" to provide adequate mental-health care for people ruled incompetent to stand trial in criminal cases. In the suit, filed yesterday in U.S. District Court, the ACLU rails against the state for having "the longest delays in the country" for competency restoration treatment, which would allow the cases to proceed. It claims the lack of resources violates the patients' rights to due process, as well as the American Disabilities Act and Rehabilitation Act. "Our clients in this case are the forgotten among the forgotten," said Witold Walczak, the ACLU of Pennsylvania's legal director.
October 22, 2015 |
Longtime customer Sandy McKenna marched into Yangming Restaurant on Tuesday as if she owned the place and demanded to see the kitchen. "I am the scout," she announced, with an air of confidence and a wave of her hand. On behalf of more reluctant friends, she came to see for herself whether the popular Main Line eatery - closed since August for major health violations - had cleaned up its act. Alan Huynh, the general manager, hesitated - even though, at a news conference moments before McKenna arrived, he promised to show the kitchen to anyone who asked.