March 16, 2015 |
TAMMY Sadler-Chase was sick and uninsured. She had lost her mobility and her sight after being diagnosed with a rare blood disorder. Her hospital bills had reached nearly $200,000. And every time she applied for insurance, she was denied. Desperate for help, Sadler-Chase called the PHMC Rising Sun Health Center in Olney, where she was connected to a lawyer named Lydia Gottesfeld, who helped her secure proper care and health-care coverage. Sadler-Chase is one of more than 400 patients who are utilizing Rising Sun Health Center, which this month officially began offering on-site financial and legal services to its clients, making it the first of its kind in the nation.
March 8, 2015 |
Ted Dallas knew he was walking into a crisis the late-January day he accepted the job as Pennsylvania's acting secretary of the Department of Human Services. He knew that, since early December, thousands of Pennsylvanians with alcohol and drug addictions had been locked out of treatment centers. And he understood the seriousness of their situation. "For folks in the drug and alcohol world, that continuity of care and the wraparound services and keeping it consistent is particularly important," Dallas said.
March 6, 2015
NEW DIET guidelines: a death knell for meat eating? Headlines for February's long-awaited Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recommendations practically shouted as much. And the meat industry seemed to agree: Barry Carpenter, president and CEO of the North American Meat Institute, quickly slammed the committee for a "flawed" report "generalizing about an entire category of foods," although that's exactly what the guidelines have done since back in the "Four Food Groups" days. At issue is a shift in the overall favorability of flesh-based foods in the diet: When the guidelines were last revised, in 2010, they said that healthy eating "emphasizes . . . lean meats and poultry," while the new recommendations say a healthy diet is "lower in red and processed meat.
March 5, 2015
IF A GENIE granted you just one wish from the following three options - beauty, wealth, or health - which would you choose? Without a second thought, I would choose health. Though it is actually priceless, the best currency is health. By far, health is our greatest wealth. That's why I'm a firm believer that we have to take care of our bodies with exercise and, equally if not more importantly, with food. March is National Nutrition Month, and it is the perfect time to remind us of the importance of the foods we eat and their direct correlation to our health.
March 5, 2015 |
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services boosted Holy Redeemer Health System's credit rating by two notches, from the lowest investment-grade rating of "BBB-" to "BBB+. " The new rating was prompted by new credit rating criteria published by Standand & Poor's in December. Holy Redeemer received more credit for its relatively strong balance sheet - reflected in its strong cash position and its relatively low ratio of unrestricted assets to long-term debt - than it did under the old system.
March 1, 2015 |
When nonprofit executive Will Gonzalez heard about the special enrollment period allowing people to buy health insurance when they file their income tax returns, he knew what he had to do. "We're planning for more health and taxes days," said Gonzalez, executive director of Ceiba, a Latino community group that offers free tax preparation. On Feb. 20, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that from March 15 to April 30, uninsured people can buy a plan on the Affordable Care Act marketplace - www.healthcare.gov - when they file their tax returns.
March 1, 2015 |
The University of Pennsylvania Health System has moved a step closer to acquiring Lancaster General Health, a $1 billion health-care system anchored by a 533-bed hospital in downtown Lancaster. Penn Medicine officials told staff in an e-mail Friday that the health system had signed a nonbinding letter of intent and will try over the next 30 to 45 days to reach a "final definitive agreement" that would make Lancaster General part of the Penn system, the largest health-care system in the Philadelphia region.
February 27, 2015 |
A MEASLES outbreak among more than 100 children has turned political, and apparently so has hand-washing. Earlier this month, repeating the conservative trope of an over-regulated America, Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., told a bipartisan group in our nation's capital that "restaurants should be allowed to opt out of certain regulations, like making employees wash their hands after going to the toilet. " This misguided belief in the primacy of individual liberty over the larger benefits of society often transcends political parties.
February 26, 2015 |
Nancie Keenan Martin, 82, of Medford Lakes, a longtime health records consultant who was a medical records director at Cooper University Hospital in the 1950s, died of lung cancer on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Wilmington home of a son. Born in Trenton, Mrs. Martin graduated from Haddonfield Memorial High School in 1950 and studied English literature at Bucknell University for two years before earning accreditation as a medical records librarian in...
February 23, 2015 |
It's 9:30 a.m. and Allison Ford, 24, a pastry chef at Vedge , a vegan restaurant in Philadelphia, is working on a host of exotic ice cream bases that include black pepper, Black Forest cake, and smoked walnut. Moving along a spotless surface, Ford shuttles among blender, stove, and ice cream maker, her movements economical and precise. Around her, the restaurant gleams - all polished glass, lustrous wood, and copper fixtures. "Here's the thing," says Rich Landau, 47, owner of Vedge and the recently opened V Street with his wife, Kate Jacoby, 35, who live in Philadelphia.