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August 13, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Lancaster General Health, a unit of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, picked King of Prussia's Universal Health Services Inc. to operate a planned 126-bed behavioral-health hospital planned in Lancaster, Pa. The $30 million facility is expected to open two years from now, Lancaster General said. The partnership will have a six-member board of governors, with three members from each partner. Lancaster General will lease the land to the partnership. UHS, which already owns eight behavioral-health facilities in Pennsylvania, will operate the hospital.
NEWS
August 13, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Federal authorities raided a mental health clinic in downtown Camden on Thursday morning and spent hours carrying cardboard boxes out of the building. Authorities would not comment on the investigation into the Nueva Vida Behavioral Health Center of N.J., which is a half-block from City Hall on Market Street. FBI agents were accompanied by representatives from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as an agent from Homeland Security Investigations. Officers from the Camden County police force and representatives of the Camden County Prosecutor's Office also were on the scene.
NEWS
August 10, 2016 | By Don Sapatkin, Staff Writer
Philadelphia has plenty of primary-care providers overall, but there is far less access to care in communities with the highest concentrations of African American residents, according to a new study. While the general findings were not a surprise - highly segregated black (and, to a lesser extent, Hispanic) areas were known to have fewer medical practitioners - the difference was bigger than the researchers had expected. The effect was independent of neighborhood poverty rates, which turned out to be less significant than anticipated, although it is not clear why. The results pointed to the limitations even of sweeping legislation such as President Obama's Affordable Care Act, which led to unprecedented reductions in the number of people without insurance.
NEWS
August 8, 2016
Joel Zinberg is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a practicing surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital, and an associate clinical professor of surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine Another day, another health-care co-op failure. In July alone, three co-ops, HealthyCT in Connecticut, Community Care of Oregon, and Land of Lincoln in Illinois, announced they are closing up shop. They join 13 other failed co-ops out of the original 23 that were a centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act's vision for the future of health-care organization - an unrealistic vision based on wishful thinking and sabotaged by the ACA itself.
NEWS
August 8, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen and Dylan Purcell, STAFF WRITERS
What does it take to lead a union for 4,652 electricians - one the state's most politically powerful? Start with $30 million in campaign contributions spent over the course of 16 years on state and local candidates by the city's electricians' union, Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Over the years, the union's money and manpower have helped elect mayors, City Council members, county commissioners, congressmen, state legislators, governors, and at least 58 judges, including the union leader's brother and five Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices.
BUSINESS
August 4, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Health insurers have requested rate changes -- including an increase of up to 32.3 percent -- for individual plans that will be offered this fall on New Jersey's Affordable Care Act marketplace this fall, according to data posted Monday on the federal web site HealthCare.gov. However, 12 of 19 insurance plans, effective Jan. 1, are seeking increases of less than 10 percent. The biggest requested increase was from Oxford Health Insurance Inc., a unit of UnitedHealthcare. Its Oxford NJ EPO (exclusive provider organization)
NEWS
August 2, 2016 | By Sally C. Pipes
  President Obama recently took to the Journal of the American Medical Association to defend his health-care law and recommend additional reforms. Among them? A government-run "public option" designed to compete against insurers on the exchanges. Instead of looking to increase the federal government's role in health care yet again, he should have cribbed from House Speaker Paul Ryan's health-care blueprint, which was released late last month as part of his "A Better Way" reform agenda.
BUSINESS
July 31, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
A Horsham company that provides bedside X-rays and other diagnostic services will move 63 call-center jobs to Clearwater, Fla., in September. About 100 people will remain in the Horsham office of MobilexUSA, Mary Berberich, a sales support supervisor in Horsham, said Friday. The layoff announcement was posted Thursday on the Pennsylvania Department of Labor's web site. The Horsham call center employees have been offered the chance to relocate, and MobilexUSA's human resources department is trying to find jobs for them in other local call centers, Berberich said.
BUSINESS
July 30, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Jefferson Health said Thursday it acquired a controlling stake in Rothman Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital, in Bensalem. The price or was not disclosed. Jefferson previously owned 15 percent of the Bensalem facility. The other partners, as of 2012, were the physician-owned Rothman Institute, with 64 percent ownership; Holy Redeemer Health System, which owned 5 percent; and Nueterra Healthcare, a manager if physician-owned hospitals, owned the rest. The Rothman hospital opened in 2010.
NEWS
July 29, 2016 | By Karen Langley, HARRISBURG BUREAU
Saying their own costs have risen, health insurance companies made their cases to state regulators Wednesday for double-digit rate increases next year for individual policies in Pennsylvania. The requests before the Insurance Department include proposed average rate increases of 17.2 percent for Aetna Health Inc., 25.4 percent to 48.1 percent for Highmark companies, 0.9 percent to 16.2 percent for UPMC companies, and 19.9 percent to 22.5 percent for Independence Blue Cross companies, according to the department.
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