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.
January 31, 2003 |
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.
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.
May 25, 1986 |
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.
September 13, 2012 |
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.
July 26, 2015 |
Few physicians can claim as many "firsts" as Nathan Mossell. In 1882, Mossell became the first African American to receive a medical diploma from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Not long after, the Philadelphia County Medical Society inducted him as its first black member. And in his most significant contribution to his field, Mossell in 1895 founded Frederick Douglass Memorial Hospital and Nursing Training School, the first hospital for black patients in Philadelphia, and only the second such facility in the nation.
August 6, 2014 |
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.
April 4, 2016
Women account for more than a third of physicians in the United States. This was not always the case. Consider the story of one of the first American female doctors: Bucks County resident Susan Parry. Before the Civil War, the quality of medical education and practice varied across the country. Sham schools opened on the Western frontier and awarded degrees as quickly as they could be printed, while a handful of cities - including Philadelphia - boasted long traditions of rigor and innovation.
February 28, 2003
'Smart' voters got two McGreeveys for the price of one The smartest people in New Jersey were the people who voted for Gov. McGreevey. They were so smart, they got two governors for the price of one. Remember the Jim who said emphatically that he would not raise taxes? Then there is the Jim who says the president made him raise taxes. Remember the Jim who said he would hire only qualified people? Each day we find in screaming headlines something painful and far removed from that promise.
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.