September 11, 2015 |
Doylestown Health Partners, a joint venture between Doylestown Hospital and about 440 primary care and specialist physicians, entered a contract to manage Humana's 3,200 Medicare Advantage customers in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Humana, based in Louisville, Ky., agreed in July to be acquired by Aetna for $37 billion. In July, Humana had 8,246 Medicare Advantage customers in the eight-country Philadelphia region. Nationwide, Humana has 1.5 million Medicare Advantage customers, the company said.
September 8, 2015 |
One-stop shopping has taken on new meaning for customers of the Acme supermarket just off the Black Horse Pike in Audubon. They can now add medical treatment to their grocery list. Prominently in the front of the Camden County supermarket is a recently opened clinic, staffed by a nurse-practitioner, that provides treatment for minor ailments, such as sore throats, fevers, flu, ear aches, and colds. "This is a good tool to use," said Brian Seeley, a Voorhees family physician who occasionally sees patients at the clinic.
September 4, 2015 |
A proposed $1 billion hospital and medical campus in Westampton Township will bring needed health services to the region and stimulate economic development, Virtua Health representatives told the township Land Development and Zoning Board on Wednesday night. Virtua Health, a nonprofit that operates three South Jersey hospitals, unveiled a 20-year plan to build a nine-story acute-care hospital, a surgical center, a rehabilitation center, hospice and long-term care facilities, and other buildings on a 110-acre farm in the mostly rural Burlington County township.
September 3, 2015 |
The University of Pennsylvania Health System, already the Philadelphia region's largest, posted the biggest percentage gain in revenue among the area's Pennsylvania hospital systems that have reported preliminary financial results for the fiscal year ended June 30. Penn logged $4.3 billion in revenue, up 9.8 percent from $3.94 billion the year before, driven in part by the inclusion of a full year of revenue from Chester County Hospital, which Penn...
September 1, 2015 |
Yvette R. Long, 50, of Philadelphia, who pushed to obtain quality health-care services for Pennsylvania's low-income residents, died Saturday, Aug. 22, of a pulmonary embolism while visiting her family in Delaware. Ms. Long was a leader of Pennsylvania's Medical Assistance Advisory Committee (MAAC), which counseled the state on Medicaid policy development and program administration. Since 2005, she had chaired the MAAC's Consumer Subcommittee, one of the most active consumer-advisory committees in the nation.
August 31, 2015 |
One in an occasional series Yes, James Guyton is tethered to an oxygen line half as long as his rowhouse on Olney Avenue. And yes, he's a little unsteady on his feet. But, nobody knows how to mop better than Guyton, 69, now suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. "He wants to outdo me in cleaning," said home health aide Antwanette Hill, 28, laughing. Hill visits Guyton every day to help him bathe and make sure he eats. "I told you he was stubborn," she said affectionately, as the bucket toppled, sending a puddle of cleaning solution onto the floor.
August 30, 2015 |
Waffiyyah Murray doesn't often come across a kid who doesn't want to ride a bike. But parents are often concerned about safety, especially in congested parts of Philadelphia. Nationwide, the number of students walking and biking to school has steadily declined, from 41 percent in 1969 to 13 percent in 2001, according to the National Center for Safe Routes to School. Meanwhile, the number of children who go to school by car nearly tripled, from 20 to 55 percent. Murray, 30, has a psychology degree from Temple University and was born and raised in Philadelphia.
August 30, 2015 |
Computer hackers with ill will seem to be lurking around every corner, and health care is not immune. "The richness of the information means that the cybersecurity threat to health care has increased," Michael Ebert, KPMG partner and health-care leader at the firm's cyber practice, wrote in a report this week. "The magnitude of the threat against health-care information has grown exponentially, but the intention or spend in securing that information has not always followed. " KPMG is one of the Big Four accounting, audit, and advisory firms.
August 25, 2015 |
Matthew Lee, 29, a Ph.D. student from the University of Pennsylvania's nursing school, received a Fulbright Scholarship. His research focuses on how video games can be applied to therapeutic use. Lee, a Cerritos, Calif., native, previously was awarded an International Game Developers Association scholarship for his work with video games and mental health. He has eight years of experience in developing games and was trained as a game designer. In 2014, he founded game design studio AFK Studios, which was invited to the 2014 G-20 Global Business Challenge in Australia to talk about how video games could address global challenges with water-related issues.
August 20, 2015 |
A subsidiary of Philadelphia-based AmeriHealth Caritas was one of four companies selected by Iowa officials to participate in the management of the state's $4.2 billion Medicaid program, which serves about 560,000, officials announced Tuesday. AmeriHealth and the other winners - units of Anthem Inc., UnitedHealth Group Inc., and WellCare Health Plans Inc. - will compete statewide for Medicaid beneficiaries under the program, which starts Jan. 1, 2016. Iowa officials picked four of 10 health insurer applicants that completed the process.