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January 14, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia region has a new crop of accountable-care organizations aiming to reduce the cost of caring for Medicare beneficiaries while improving quality by emphasizing coordination by doctors and other providers. If the accountable-care organizations reduce costs beyond targets while meeting quality criteria, the government shares savings with them. Genesis Healthcare Inc., a major nursing-home owner based in Kennett Square, has formed Genesis Healthcare ACO, which covers nine states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
NEWS
May 12, 1989
The views expressed in a Commentary Page column published Thursday by Lois Snyder were her own, and not those of her employer, the American College of Physicians.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tandigm Health, an Independence Blue Cross joint venture designed to help manage the practices of primary-care doctors in the Philadelphia area, has signed contracts with nearly 270 physicians, it will announce Tuesday. IBC and its 50-50 partner, Davita HealthCare Partners Inc., launched Philadelphia-based Tandigm in April as a provider of services to doctors to improve care and cut costs. Under the Tandigm model, IBC will turn over a percentage of health-insurance premiums to Tandigm, which will then assume responsibility for the cost and quality of all care for the patients seen by a founding group of physicians.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
Salix Pharmaceuticals has agreed to a $54 million settlement of a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that it paid speaking fees and provided lavish entertainment to physicians who prescribed its gastroenterology drugs. The charges were initially brought in lawsuits filed by two Philadelphia-area firms, McEldrew Young and Joseph Trautwein & Associates. The Justice Department, which announced the settlement Thursday, conducted an investigation and later filed its own complaint under the False Claims Act. "Drug and medical-device companies have paid billions of dollars to doctors as speakers, researchers, and consultants," said Eric L. Young, a partner at McEldrew Young.
NEWS
January 31, 2003 | By Mark L. Baum and Markus Whitley
Our practice, Booth Radiology Associates, supports the New Jersey physicians' work slowdown that is planned for Monday to call attention to the urgency of the state's medical malpractice crisis. The technologists and physicians at Booth Radiology will perform and interpret only urgent imaging exams on Monday. Our Woodbury, Washington Township and West Deptford offices will not perform routine exams. Walk-in patients will not be accepted unless their referring doctors deem the studies are urgent.
NEWS
February 5, 2012
Founded in 1787, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia is one of the nation's oldest medical societies. John Redman was one of its founding members and its first president. Redman was born in Philadelphia in 1722 and was educated locally at William Tennant's Log College, a seminary in Bucks County. He completed his later studies in medicine at Edinburgh University and worked for a time in Europe. Returning to Philadelphia about 1748, Redman soon became a well-known and respected physician.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tandigm Health L.L.C., a joint venture of Independence Blue Cross and DaVita HealthCare Partners designed to coordinate care in a way that reduces costs and improves quality, has expanded to include Doylestown Healthcare Partnership, Tandigm announced Tuesday. Tandigm, which was launched in April 2014, already includes Holy Redeemer Health System and 363 primary care physicians. The Doylestown deal, which covers Doylestown Hospital and a physicians group with 270 specialists, marks the first time Tandigm has included specialists in its network, which covered 89,700 members on Sept.
BUSINESS
May 25, 1986 | By Gilbert M. Gaul, Inquirer Staff Writer
For decades, hospital administrators and physicians have viewed one another with suspicion while battling over issues ranging from the cost of medicine to the control of their facilities. But recently, as both groups have faced unprecedented challenges to their economic well-being from the government, insurers and employers, the two groups have begun forming alliances in ways that were unthinkable only a few years ago. For physicians, this change may be taking place not a moment too soon.
NEWS
September 13, 2012 | By Bill Toland, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In his speech to the Democratic convention last week, Bill Clinton eventually turned to President Obama's signature domestic achievement, the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which expands Medicaid coverage to millions of newly eligible patients. That's the good news, if you are poor and lack health care. The bad news is this: If you're a Pennsylvanian who is newly enrolled in the state's Medicaid health-insurance program for the poor, only 2 out of 3 physicians in the state are willing to see you, new research shows.
NEWS
December 6, 2011
By Peter Sananman, Hallam Gugelmann, and Jeanmarie Perrone 'I need Percocet, Doc," the man said. He reported that he had fallen off a ladder the day before while cleaning gutters. His request for that particular narcotic pain medication may not have raised suspicion if not for an astute clerk who recognized him. The clerk retrieved records showing the man had gone to the same emergency room four times over the past six months for alleged falls off a ladder. There's no telling how many other emergency rooms he had been to across the city.
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