June 1, 2011
Doctors sometimes do dumb things. Like ordering antibiotics that are certain to be ineffective. Or prescribing expensive brand-name drugs when cheaper generics would do. Actions like these are routine in much of primary care. They run up costs while offering no benefit to patients. They can sometimes even cause harm. A first step toward controlling health-care costs could be to alert doctors to their wasteful ways. Armed with knowledge, physicians might adopt more efficient patterns of practice.
June 17, 1995 |
The medical group that says it handles 15 percent or more of all baby deliveries in Philadelphia wants to sign up 60 percent of the area's obstetricians and gynecologists in an effort to bargain with HMOs. Vanguard HealthCare Group Inc. has created a subsidiary, Omnia Inc., to establish a network of some 750 physicians in New Jersey and the five-county Philadelphia area. Omnia would provide comprehensive services to about 100,000 women in return for a fixed fee paid by HMOs. The Omnia venture is one of many being formed around the country in what health specialists describe as a kind of collectivization of physicians.
May 27, 2012 |
Caspar Wistar was once one of the premier physicians in Philadelphia. Born in the city in 1761, Wistar was the son of Richard and Sarah Wyatt Wistar, a Quaker family. As a teenager, Wistar assisted the wounded from the Battle of Germantown in 1777, and this experience reportedly inspired him to go into medicine. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and received his doctorate in 1786.
December 19, 2011
The board of trustees of EducationWorks , a Lawrenceville educational nonprofit organization, elected Kevin Cafferky and Matt McManness as members. Cafferky is controller of OIC Philadelphia. McManness is chief financial officer of La Salle University. The Rowan University Foundation named Alyce Parker , principal of Alyce Parker & Associates, as chair for a second term. Paul Tully , registered principal, Eagle Wealth Strategies, will be treasurer. Joseph Bottazzi , executive vice president of business development at Edelman Financial Services L.L.C., is secretary.
April 13, 2012 |
When Pennsylvania's new natural gas law, which takes effect Saturday, was being debated, the focus was on high-profile issues such as the new impact fee. But just before it passed, medical provisions were added that now have some physicians worried it will compromise public health. Except in an emergency, a physician who needs proprietary information about chemicals used in natural gas drilling to assess a patient must provide "a written statement" to a company, according to the act, and must sign a confidentiality agreement.
February 1, 2012 |
As I prepared to leave the doctor's office after a routine checkup a few months ago, the receptionist handed me a list of blood work for my next visit. I asked whether a PSA was really necessary: My prostate numbers had been elevated after six months on supplemental testosterone, but since I had stopped the hormone, two consecutive tests had come back normal. "Your insurance will probably cover it," she said. I wanted her to question the doctor anyway, and a couple of days later, she called to say that he had removed the test.
December 1, 1992
DOCTOR-BASHING COMMENTARY PIECE DRAWS FIRE I take exception to the doctor-bashing article by Gloria L. Charnes, who wrote "Medical schools should require a course in good manners" on the Nov. 20 Commentary Page. My experience has been quite different. For more than 20 years, I have been a patient of eight physicians who are on the staff of Lankaneau Hospital. Without exception, these women and men have been excellently trained and polite, considerate and supportive of me. They are persons of the highest caliber, both professionally and personally.
May 13, 2013 |
Eating healthy is something Marian McMullan tries to do. She is used to parsing food labels loaded with calories, carbs, sugars, and serving sizes. But there's one thing McMullan has never understood: dietary fiber. When the topic came up at a Bryn Mawr Family Practice group medical appointment, McMullan jumped in to ask registered dietitian Judy Matusky to break the code. How many grams does a person need every day? McMullan asked. Matusky told the nine strangers in the room, done in soothing green tones, that a person needs 25 grams of dietary fiber daily.
March 21, 2013 |
It's one of the macabre mysteries in the case of Kermit Gosnell: Why did the West Philadelphia abortion doctor keep the severed feet of fetuses preserved in specimen jars? In testimony Tuesday, Adrienne Moton, a former worker at Gosnell's Women's Medical Society, told a Philadelphia jury that Gosnell once explained that he did so in case patients requested them for future identification or DNA samples. But an expert on fetal development, testifying Wednesday at Gosnell's abortion-murder trial, said that was news to him. "Do you think there is any medical reason to save the foot of a baby?"
November 27, 1987 |
Edgar Berman, 72, a physician and author who gained notoriety for saying that women could not be leaders because of their "raging hormones," has died of a heart attack. Dr. Berman was pronounced dead Wednesday at Sinai Hospital after he was stricken while driving near his home Tuesday night. In the 1950s, he successfully completed the first implantation of a plastic esophagus in a human and assisted in the first heart transplant in a dog. Dr. Berman, the physician of former senator and vice president Hubert H. Humphrey, wrote books about Humphrey and Albert Schweitzer, with whom he worked in Africa in 1960.