October 31, 2014 |
Abington Health in Montgomery County and Center City's Jefferson Health System have taken a step closer to a merger by signing a letter of intent to work toward a final agreement, the two organizations said Wednesday. The proposed deal, which could be completed next year, comes just months after Jefferson split amicably from its former longtime partner, the highly profitable Main Line Health system. Stephen Klasko, Jefferson's president and chief executive, said the structure of the proposed merger with Abington would allow him to achieve something that was not possible with Main Line Health.
October 29, 2014 |
CALL IT a leap of faith or call it a risky move. The Philadelphia School District announced yesterday that it would distribute $15 million to schools on Monday from projected health-care savings with the teachers union, despite an injunction temporarily blocking the changes. Common Pleas Judge Nina Wright Padilla last week ruled in favor of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers' request to stay all changes to their health-care benefits. The district and the School Reform Commission said they would appeal the decision.
October 25, 2014 |
Looking to better manage health-care costs, the Nutter administration is taking two big swings at tobacco. Come Jan. 1, Philadelphia will add a $500 annual premium to benefits costs for nonunion employees who use tobacco products, and a $15 surcharge for prescriptions filled at pharmacies that sell tobacco products. The charge on prescription co-pays is part of a plan being launched by the city in partnership with CVS Caremark, a pharmacy benefits provider owned by the parent company of CVS drug stores.
October 23, 2014 |
FOLLOWING another long practice session yesterday, the subject was a familiar one to 76ers coach Brett Brown. It concerned health issues, one regarding a player who should be ready to suit up tomorrow night when the team plays its final preseason game in Detroit, the other regarding someone whose timetable hasn't been officially defined, but seems to be approaching the discomfort zone for fans. After missing the previous three exhibition games with an upper-respiratory infection (along with another because of a bruised thigh)
October 19, 2014 |
IF THERE'S only one thing, OK two, two things we've learned this week writing Temporary Tattle, it's that (a), even if you're a money-making brilliant legal novelist, you're bound to say stupid bleep that you will later retract and (2), Stephen Collins' story keeps getting ickier. Have fun on the bullet train to Celebrityville. Yesterday U2 singer Bono shattered Temporary Tattle's notion that he was making a fashion statement by wearing his sunglasses all the time. Unfortunately for the frontman, he has suffered from glaucoma for 20 years, the Associated Press reports.
October 18, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Saying it "sometimes takes more than medicine" for a hospital to build a healthy community, AtlantiCare on Thursday launched an initiative to help defray health-care costs for thousands of Atlantic City workers who have lost jobs because of recent casino closures. AtlantiCare president and CEO David Tilton said the AtlantiCare Community Healthcare Access Program (CHAP) is being funded by the hospital's foundation, and is intended to provide laid-off casino workers from Atlantic, Cape May, and Southern Ocean Counties with education, counseling, and assistance with health insurance coverage and options.
October 13, 2014 |
Stephen Klasko hadn't been running the Thomas Jefferson University empire for long before his thoughts turned to Sidney Kimmel. A Philadelphia native who became a billionaire in the fashion industry, Kimmel had given generously to Jefferson in the 1990s but not much since despite funding the performing arts center that bears his name. But Klasko, who last month hit the one-year mark as university president and health system chief executive officer, knew Kimmel had built Jones New York by aggressively expanding and thinking outside the box. So his hunch was the two would get along.
October 13, 2014 |
AS PRINCIPAL of Universal Bluford Charter School, Crystal Gary-Nelson saw about 6 percent of her students missing daily last year. That's a pretty low number, but one she wants to improve upon. The issue, she said, was not so much truancy, but sickness. "For us, if I can just keep my scholars in school healthy, that's a bonus for us," the second-year principal said. One of the problems is "kids being sick for a prolonged period of time and it going untreated. " To help address the issue, the West Philadelphia school and the seven other schools run by Universal Companies now have a full-scale health center, a hybrid between a school nurse and a doctor's office.
October 12, 2014 |
Their idea was simple: Use chewing gum to change the world. The team of five friends from the University of Pennsylvania - none older than 23 - developed Sweet Bites, chewing gum made with a sugar substitute called xylitol that fights tooth decay and that could improve oral health in the world's poorest areas. The culmination of months of hard work and countless all-nighters played out late last month on a stage where, earlier in the day, President Obama had stood. In their nicest suits and a fancy dress borrowed from one of their mothers, they addressed an audience including a Nobel laureate and a CNN anchor, and had their words live-streamed all over the world.
October 8, 2014 |
SEEING DECORATIONS popping up everywhere reminds me of one of my favorite songs from the television feature "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town. " A young Kris Kringle is trying to help the mean old Winter Warlock see that he can change his wicked ways. Kringle sings, "Put one foot in front of the other and soon you'll be walking 'cross the floor. Put one foot in front of the other and soon you'll be walking out the door. " The point is that if you want to change direction, start with a small step.