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.
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.
August 13, 2014 |
Alexander R. Vaccaro has been named president of the Rothman Institute and chairman of orthopedics for Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, the organizations announced Monday. In both positions, Vaccaro, 52, is succeeding Todd J. Albert, who left in June to become surgeon-in-chief and medical director at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Vaccaro was previously vice chairman of Rothman and of orthopedics at Thomas Jefferson. Rothman, based in Center City and with close ties to Jefferson that Vaccaro says he expects to continue, counts itself among the largest orthopedic groups in the country, with 105 physicians at 20 locations from Pottstown to Cape May Court House.
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.
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.