April 24, 2016 |
In states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, low-income adults were more likely to see a doctor, stay overnight in a hospital, and receive their first diagnoses of diabetes and high cholesterol, according to a study published Monday. Yet researchers found no improvement in adults' own assessments of their health, a conclusion echoed by similar studies, the authors wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Two factors might explain the lack of perceived improvement.
April 21, 2016 |
Noble Health Alliance, organized 2013 by Abington Health, Aria Health, Crozer-Keystone Health System and Einstein Healthcare Network, will disband in June, after three of the founding members entered into mergers or sales, the Fort Washington group said Tuesday. Only Einstein has not struck a deal. Abington and Aria have or are scheduled to become part of a Jefferson, and Crozer is selling itself to Prospect Medical Holdings Inc. Noble was founded to allow the systems, with 15 hospitals and 4,600 physicians when it started, to work cooperatively to improve quality and lower costs without having to surrender independence.
April 20, 2016 |
The South Jersey Behavioral Health Innovation Collaborative on Monday announced pilot programs to develop better-coordinated care for people with mental-health and substance-abuse disorders. Among the recommended pilots underway or soon to be launched are: conferencing on complex cases, sharing protocols and quality measures across the region, the integration of psychiatric specialists into emergency departments, and recovery-oriented housing. The collaborative, started in 2014, includes Cooper University Health Care, Inspira Health Network, Kennedy Health, Lourdes Health System, and Virtua.
April 19, 2016
Annmarie Hora has been hired as chief human-resources officer at Lourdes Health System, Camden. She had been a vice president of human resources at Virtua Health. Bryn Mawr Bank Corp. , parent of Bryn Mawr Trust Co. , has named Stephen M. Wellman as senior vice president and chief operating officer of the wealth-management division of the bank. He had been COO at Cipperman Compliance Services L.L.C. in Wayne. Julie H. Ketover has been hired as director of professional development at Marlton-based law firm Hyland Levin L.L.P.
April 18, 2016 |
What do a French bulldog and a 3-year-old girl with atopic dermatitis have in common? Is there a tie between sleep apnea in an American bulldog and a 40-year-old obese man? What can human heart disease tell us about the heart problems of giant apes? These topics were among those tackled at the recent Zoobiquity 6 conference at the University of Pennsylvania, where about 200 physicians and medical students joined veterinarians to examine and reinforce the idea that, in some ways, there is no dividing line between human and animal medicine.
April 18, 2016 |
Jim Kenney was 15 minutes into his pitch for a 3-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages and still hadn't mentioned the word obesity . Philadelphia's mayor was far more focused on the city's pre-K crisis than its residents' waistlines. "We have a 26 percent poverty rate," he told me. "We have an incarceration rate of almost 7,000 people at any given time. And if we don't change generationally, educational opportunities, training opportunities, job opportunities for people, we're never going to get that 26 percent poverty rate down.
April 17, 2016 |
Three fast food restaurants were among two dozen Philadelphia eateries asked to temporarily close this month to fix health violations. City health department officials asked an Arby's in Kensington and a Papa John's in Roxborough to stop serving food until they could rustle up an employee who was certified in food safety practices. A Wendy's in North Philly was shut down after workers were seen coughing and sneezing due to excessive smoke. Each week, the Philadelphia health department inspects about 350 restaurants, grocery stores, school kitchens and other establishments.
April 14, 2016
ISSUE | HEALTH CARE Doctors' role is key Dr. Peter Ubel's commentary about the complexity of health-insurance plans made the important point that caregivers are unprepared to help patients make cost-conscious decisions about their care ("Choices, plans overwhelming for patients," Friday). Yet many employers that adopt consumer-driven coverage pay little attention to the evidence that employees with high-deductible plans tend to cut back on beneficial as well as wasteful care. That jeopardizes patients' health and could undermine employers' savings when poorly managed health results in high-cost care or disability leaves.
April 11, 2016 |
For Erin Moore, keeping her son's cystic fibrosis in check requires careful monitoring to prevent the thick, sticky mucous his body produces from further damaging his lungs and digestive system. Moore keeps tabs on 6-year-old Drew's weight, appetite, exercise, and stools every day to see whether they stray from his healthy baseline. When he develops a cough, she tracks that, too. It's been nearly a year since Drew has been hospitalized; as a baby he was admitted up to four times a year.
April 7, 2016 |
In the Girard College auditorium, Kamren Washington-Richards, 16, told a group of hundreds he was 8 when his hair began falling out. He wrung his hands and fidgeted as he got emotional while sharing his story at Monday's BEyond Expectations, a series for young men of color that promotes mental-health awareness. Washington-Richards, a student at Boys Latin of Philadelphia, was soon diagnosed with alopecia universalis, a condition that leads to hair loss. "I felt like a walking joke," he said in an interview.