March 29, 2013 |
New Jerseyans who live in different communities use hospitals at widely different rates, and those differences could pave the way to improving health care and reducing costs, according to a new report by Rutgers University researchers. The report, focused on use patterns in low-income communities and opportunities for better care and lower costs, found wide variations in how many avoidable ER visits residents make. The reason that this information is so valuable, according to coauthor Joel Cantor, director of the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, is that it opens up the possibility that communities that rely heavily on hospitals for primary care can learn from those who make fewer trips to the ER. For example, the report found that Camden residents had more than three times as many avoidable visits to emergency departments than did residents of the Union City-West New York-North Bergen region.
February 7, 2013 |
The new Karabots Pediatric Care Center in West Philadelphia, with 35 doctors, is by far the biggest primary-care office in the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia network. But the $27 million facility at 48th and Market Streets, named for Nicholas and Athena Karabots, who contributed $7.5 million toward the project, aims to be much more than a doctor's office with 56 examination rooms. The Karabots Center opened in phases last month, combining three West Philadelphia sites. The official ribbon-cutting is scheduled for Wednesday.
November 29, 2012
In the Region Regional unemployment ticks down Philadelphia-region unemployment in October was 8.3 percent, down from 8.4 percent in September and unchanged from a year earlier, the U.S. Department of Labor said. The figures for the 10-county area defined by the department are not seasonally adjusted. Nationally, rates fell in 201 metro areas, rose in 116, and were unchanged in 55. The department reported earlier that the seasonally adjusted national unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9 percent in October from 7.8 percent in September.
October 10, 2012 |
A couple of years ago, when Jasir Huff, now 6, suffered a concussion, all his mother was told to do was give him some ibuprofen and keep an eye on him. When Jasir's big brother, Jordan Goins, 12, fell and struck his head on the concrete basketball court at his school in September, it was a whole new ball game. Jordan's pediatrician, who is part of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's primary care network, ordered "cognitive rest" for his concussion. That meant no school, no homework, no computer, no texting, and no video games.
August 23, 2012
Nine primary care physicians' practices in South Jersey are participating in an initiative that will pay them an average of $20 month per Medicare fee-for-service beneficiary to support enhanced, coordinated services, the federal government's Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation said. The goal is to improve quality and reduce costs. Overall, 73 primary care locations in New Jersey were selected to participate in the program, which is being launched this fall in seven regions around the country.
August 6, 2012 |
Support for restaurant owner Why is the owner of Chick-fil-A being persecuted for his religious beliefs ("Chick-fil-A fans jam restaurants in ‘appreciation,'" Thursday)? I disagree with him wholeheartedly, but that is no reason to persecute him. His company puts out a good product, it has cheerful and helpful employees, and is also closed on Sundays because of the owner's beliefs. The way the world is today, it is refreshing to see someone stand up for his beliefs. So, while I disagree with his beliefs, I will continue to patronize his establishments.
June 30, 2012 |
Well, now. So how's that hope and change thing working for us? I'd say, after Thursday, pretty darn good. The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to uphold President Obama's besieged signature legislation - the Affordable Care Act - constitutionally validated the law that cleared the path for providing universal health care for everyone. Which should be as American as apple pie. You'd think. Yet since the historic law passed two years ago, conservatives have spit out "Obamacare" as if the very word were arsenic.
February 10, 2012 |
CHICAGO - Mary Lou Rothman has her doctor's e-mail and cell phone number, with permission to call day or night. When she recently came down with a stomachache, she called the office and got an appointment within three hours. When the stomachache turned out to be appendicitis, her doctor, Marcy Zwelling, went to the hospital with her and stayed by her side through two surgeries, the second brought on by excessive bleeding. Only after 2 a.m., when it was clear the second surgery had been successful, did Zwelling go home.
November 17, 2011 |
A health coalition in Camden won a $3.45 million grant Thursday to strengthen diabetes care in a city where rates far exceed the national average, adding to medical costs and detracting from residents' quality of life. The grant, from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, is intended to enhance and deepen a three-year-old, citywide diabetes collaborative, officials said at an evening meeting. Most of the money will go to two or three primary-care practices, expected to be chosen next month.
November 15, 2011 |
Nearly a decade ago, with the deadly implications of America's obesity epidemic first sinking in, medical guidelines recommended that providers screen all adult patients and offer weight-loss help to those that need it. But with few proven techniques for family physicians to use, no training, and no insurance reimbursement, the guidance is often ignored. Now two new studies - one from the University of Pennsylvania, the other from Johns Hopkins - offer some of the first evidence of success with weight-loss programs that the authors said would be relatively easy for primary care providers to put into practice.