December 1, 2015 |
On his first day on the job, David Carrozzino found a note on his desk to make a house call on his way home. More than two decades and thousands of visits later, Carrozzino, a podiatrist, still makes house calls to homebound patients in South Jersey. Carrozzino is among a rare breed in health care these days. A prevalent practice decades ago, home visits by physicians have declined drastically and are more often made today in rural areas. By his count, Carrozzino has made more than 15,700 house calls since that first visit in 1991.
July 17, 2014
ISSUE | HEALTH CARE Equip doctors, then get out of the way The experience of Philadelphia physician Andrew Quint is unfortunate ("Getting sick of corporate medicine," July 13). Losing talented, compassionate, experienced doctors is bad for medicine and patients. As a practicing physician for 25 years, I too wanted what's best for my patients but felt constrained by the system as it is today. Yet it doesn't have to be that way. We can preserve independent physician practices and provide doctors with the resources to focus on keeping people well.
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.)
April 10, 2014 |
Independence Blue Cross and DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. on Tuesday announced a new company that would provide services to primary-care physicians in Southeastern Pennsylvania, in another of IBC's efforts to improve care and cut costs. Terms of the deal were not released. The goal of the 50-50 joint venture, called Tandigm Health and based in Philadelphia, is to sign up 300 doctors by the time it starts operating Jan. 1, said Anthony Coletta, an IBC executive who was named president and chief executive of Tandigm.
January 18, 2014 |
A lot has changed since 1971, when David K. Wagner - trained as a pediatric surgeon and earning $12,000 a year on faculty plus $5.63 an hour moonlighting in the emergency room - started the nation's second training program in emergency medicine at the old Medical College of Pennsylvania. You no longer need to ring a bell for service. Or ride a hearse to the ER, as was common in rural areas. But overcrowding in what are now more professionalized emergency departments is again rampant - and growing - and health care is changing so rapidly that policies can't keep up. Emergency care in Pennsylvania is "in a near-continuous state of crisis," said Charles Barbera, an emergency doctor in Reading and president of the state chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
April 10, 2013 |
Temple University Health System said it established an Institute for Population Health to put under one umbrella numerous existing efforts to move health care into the community. Among the programs being moved to the institute is the training of community health workers, who work to reduce readmissions and unnecessary visits to the emergency room, said Paula Stillman, Temple vice president of health care services and director of the institute. A second class of 30 community health workers is scheduled to start training in May. Another program is a Transition Center, which ensures that primary care physicians are notified when one of their patients comes to the ER or is admitted to the hospital, among other things, Stillman said.
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 23, 2012 |
About 750 Philadelphia-area children who came to have their height, weight, and blood pressure taken Saturday morning were treated to much more entertainment than a routine visit to a doctor's office might include - face paint, basketball drills, a game show, and a surprise appearance by Will Smith. Smith drew cheers from the children who crowded around him at the Healthy Hoops event by reciting a line of the theme song of his 1990s television show The Fresh Prince of Bel Air - "In West Philadelphia born and raised.
July 22, 2012 |
About 750 Philadelphia-area children who came to have their heights, weights, and blood pressures taken on Saturday morning were treated to much more entertainment than a routine visit to a doctor's office might include - face paint, basketball drills with professional coaches, a game show, and a surprise appearance by actor Will Smith. Smith drew cheers from the children who crowded around him at the Healthy Hoops event by reciting the first line of the theme song of his 1990s television show "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" - "In West Philadelphia born and raised.