July 10, 2016 |
Cindy Schmeltz, medical director of La Comunidad Hispana, recalled the day a homeless woman with diabetes walked into the Kennett Square agency, desperate for help. "She was sleeping on somebody's floor. She was out of insulin, so her diabetes was out of control," Schmeltz said. The woman also was depressed, not only over her chronic illness but also the transience of her life. At that moment, Schmeltz said, she realized that "it didn't matter that I was giving her insulin if she didn't have anywhere to store it, if she didn't have food in her belly, if she didn't know where to sleep that night.
September 27, 2015 |
For more than a century, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has been training health-care practitioners. This month, the college formally installed its eighth president, Jay S. Feldstein, an alumnus of the college and a Philadelphia native. He has been in office for more than a year, during which he has developed a five-year strategic plan to help the college grow academically and physically. More than 1,000 students are seeking a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at the college, where tuition is $45,036 a year.
September 4, 2015 |
The Independence Blue Cross Foundation will spend $1.5 million over the next three years to improve access to primary care at safety-net health centers in Southeastern Pennsylvania, the organization said Wednesday. The 42 non-profit, privately-funded health centers in the foundation's Blue Safety Net will be eligible for grants to expand access to care through telemedicine and to explore new care models, such as the including behavioral-health services in primary care, the foundation said.
August 7, 2015
ISSUE | HEALTH CARE Doctor-patient first Rewarding doctors for the quality - not the quantity - of care they provide is now a national trend, with the growth of accountable care and innovative new models of care, some being nurtured right here in our region ("U.S. health care ailing, but Pa.'s is even sicker," July 26). In Southeastern Pennsylvania, at Tandigm Health, our groundbreaking model is built on a sterling tradition: the trusting relationships between patients and their primary-care doctors.
September 21, 2014 |
Doctors at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children had been talking for quite a while about better coordinating medical care and the social-service help so many of their patients in North Philadelphia need. CEO Carolyn Jackson got behind the idea in January 2012 after a young stepfather shot four teens who were involved in a dispute with his children. One of the wounded teens drove with the other three to St. Christopher's. Three of the victims died. "All four of those boys had been cared for at St. Christopher's since birth," Jackson said.
August 11, 2014 |
Experts thought if people bought health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, they would find a private doctor and stop using hospital emergency rooms for their primary care. Well, more people have health insurance. But they are still crowding into emergency departments across the nation. An online study by the American College of Emergency Room Physicians found that nearly half of its members have seen a rise in visits since Jan. 1 when ACA coverage began. A resounding 86 percent of the physicians said they expect that number to continue growing.
June 11, 2014 |
U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey (D., Pa.) introduced legislation Monday intended to boost the number of primary care physicians, to meet the future needs of veterans and baby boomers. In a news conference at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, he unveiled the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act, which would remove the cap on the number of federally funded resident training positions at teaching hospitals in the country. Casey cosponsored the bill with 11 other Democrats, including Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.)
January 10, 2014
M ASON REINER, 36, and Dr. Randy Robinson, 41, both of Elkins Park, are co-founders and CEO and chief medical officer, respectively, of R-Health. The Center City startup, launched in October, charges a monthly membership fee that enables individuals, employers, unions and small businesses to see primary-care doctors without co-pays or deductibles administered through a health insurer. I spoke with Reiner, who is a Wharton School graduate and serial entrepreneur. Q: Where did you get the money to start the business?
November 12, 2013
BAR and restaurant employees, easily one of the most underinsured groups in the American workforce, have been dealt a holistic hand by a small group of physicians who have made industry health care their priority. Founded in New York City in 2007, by Dr. David Ores - and in Philly since last fall, thanks to South Philly M.D. Bruce Hopper - the Restaurant Worker Referral Program is aggressively focused on the needs of workers "in the biz. " You can gather as much from the nonprofit's logo - serpents intertwined around a fistful of cutlery instead of a staff.