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.
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.
October 29, 2011 |
Edward J. Resnick, 86, of Bala Cynwyd, an orthopedic surgeon and former director of the Pain Control Center at Temple University, died of complications from heart disease Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Resnick founded the center and operated it from 1975 to 1991, his son, Bernard, said. On summer visits sponsored by Care/Medico from 1973 to 1984 and Orthopedics Overseas from 1984 to 1990, Dr. Resnick taught physicians in Kenya and Tunisia as well as in Peru and the Dominican Republic.
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.
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.
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.
April 2, 2013
In the Region PolyMedix files for bankruptcy PolyMedix Inc. , a small biotech company in Radnor, has sought Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission . In January, PolyMedix replaced its chief executive officer, Nicholas Landekic, with chief financial officer Edward F. Smith as interim CEO. Smith resigned Monday, according to the filing. A company spokeswoman did not return a call or e-mail. With its most advanced drug only in stage two (of three)