health care http://wesa.fm en Steven J. Corwin Talks Academic Medical Centers Amidst Health Care Reform http://wesa.fm/post/steven-j-corwin-talks-academic-medical-centers-amidst-health-care-reform <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="323" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/TZ2TFOXxpvg" width="575"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17px;">Steven J. Corwin, chief executive officer of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, speaks about ways of preserving quality aspects of the existing health care system while reducing overall cost.</span></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:52:20 +0000 The Chautauqua Institution 26003 at http://wesa.fm An Update on Governor Corbett's Health Care Plan http://wesa.fm/post/update-governor-corbetts-health-care-plan <p>The Corbett Administration is making details of its alternative proposal to the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion available to the public.</p><p>The Governor recently held a presser on his health care plan days after releasing it online. <a href="http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/healthypa/index.htm">The plan</a>, which would allow hundreds of thousands of people to enroll in private health insurance plans subsidized with federal funds, is one step closer to receiving federal review.</p><p>90.5 WESA's Capitol Bureau Chief Mary Wilson reports on the plan from Harrisburg and says the proposal is similar to those of other states, but includes a few elements unique to the Commonwealth’s needs.</p><p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 19:22:08 +0000 Katherine Blackley 21216 at http://wesa.fm An Update on Governor Corbett's Health Care Plan Concerns in Governor Corbett’s Medicaid Expansion http://wesa.fm/post/concerns-governor-corbett-s-medicaid-expansion <p>Governor Tom Corbett’s medicaid expansion plan sounds like “a step in the right direction” according to <a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fpahealthaccess.org%2FContact&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNF1t7tSBZ05Yi2D2sVxio3JAnRLOw">Erin Ninehouser</a>, the Education and Outreach Director for Pennsylvania Health Access Network, but she does have some reservations.</p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:05:32 +0000 Nick Frost 16694 at http://wesa.fm Concerns in Governor Corbett’s Medicaid Expansion Hospitals and Health Care Providers Switch to Electronic Records http://wesa.fm/post/hospitals-and-health-care-providers-switch-electronic-records <p>Doctors, hospitals and patients are now more connected than ever as the majority of health care providers in the United States are making the switch to electronic health records.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced recently that it already exceeded its goal for 50 percent of doctor’s offices and 80 percent of eligible hospitals to use EHRs by the end of 2013.</p><p>According to a 2012 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey, 17 percent of physicians and 9 percent of hospitals were using EHRs in 2008.</p> Sun, 26 May 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 10169 at http://wesa.fm SEIU, Lawmakers Sue Corbett Administration Over Planned Health Care Cuts http://wesa.fm/post/seiu-lawmakers-sue-corbett-administration-over-planned-health-care-cuts <p><strong>Updated: 5:38 p.m.</strong></p><p>The Service Employees International Union Healthcare (SEIU) Pennsylvania, along with two Democratic state senators and three state representatives filed a lawsuit against the Corbett administration over its plan to close 26 state health centers and eliminate 73 Department of Health positions.</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 19:25:55 +0000 Mark Nootbaar & Jared Adkins 7185 at http://wesa.fm Pennsylvanians Eligible for Health Insurance Tax Credits http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvanians-eligible-health-insurance-tax-credits <p>A new report from Families USA, a nonprofit group that advocates on behalf of health care consumers, says that 896,000 Pennsylvanians will be eligible for new health insurance premium tax credits in 2014.</p><p>These tax credits will pay for health coverage under the terms of the Affordable Care Act. Families will no longer have to pay for more than a set percentage of their income for health coverage.</p><p>“The lower your income, the higher your tax credit subsidy,” said Ron Pollack, Director of Families USA, “so it's tailored to help the people who need it the most.”</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:07:39 +0000 Erika Beras & Jared Adkins 6874 at http://wesa.fm Pilot Program Aims to Provide Preventative Care Through EMTs http://wesa.fm/post/pilot-program-aims-provide-preventative-care-through-emts <p>The newly announced Community Paramedic Program, from Pitt’s Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT), retools the image of emergency medical service personnel.</p><p>Instead of racing through city streets, sirens screaming, EMTs participating in the pilot initiative will provide regular in-home care for area residents with chronic conditions.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 4102 at http://wesa.fm Could Pennsylvania Become a Single Payer State? http://wesa.fm/post/could-pennsylvania-become-single-payer-state <p>State Senator Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny) is once again trying to convert Pennsylvania’s healthcare system to a single payer one. Ferlo said he will reintroduce legislation that failed to come up for a vote in 2009.</p><p>Titled the Pennsylvania Family and Business Healthcare Security Act of 2013, the legislation was drawn up with the help of the non-profit single payer advocacy group Healthcare 4 All PA.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:09:44 +0000 Tim Camerato 4109 at http://wesa.fm Report: Pennsylvania Fails When It Comes to Hospital Transparency http://wesa.fm/post/report-pennsylvania-fails-when-it-comes-hospital-transparency <p>A new report out this week says Pennsylvania fails when it comes to making hospital fees transparent, resulting in patients not knowing what their hospital fees are until they are billed.</p><p>Pennsylvania, along with 28 other states, got an "F." Seven states got a "D." Only 2 states got an "A."</p><p>The report was compiled and released by The Catalyst for Payment Reform, a consortium of health care providers and the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, a nonprofit that works to improve the affordability and quality of health care.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:36:55 +0000 Erika Beras 4097 at http://wesa.fm Sen. Smith Wants State Tax Dollars Better Used for Nursing Home Care http://wesa.fm/post/sen-smith-wants-state-tax-dollars-better-used-nursing-home-care <div class="field-item even"><p>A study released today by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare PA found that Pennsylvania nursing homes generated $511 million in net income for 2011, but one in three failed to fully spend state funds on direct resident&nbsp;care.</p><p>State Senators Matt Smith (D-Allegheny / Washington) and Sean Wiley (D-Erie) proposed three bills that would mandate minimum spending levels of state appropriations as well as require nursing homes to meet and report on staffing&nbsp;levels.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 13:23:50 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 2920 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Proposal: Close State Health Centers, Save Millions http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-proposal-close-state-health-centers-save-millions-0 <p><span style="font-family: adobe-caslon-pro, Georgia, serif; line-height: 30px;">As part of Governor Tom Corbett’s proposed 2013-2014 budget, about half of the state’s sixty health centers will be shuttering, consolidating or morphing. Lay-offs of personnel are also part of the proposal; which state officials say is an effort to modernize Pennsylvania’s public health services and save&nbsp;money.</span></p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 17:20:06 +0000 Erika Beras 2099 at http://wesa.fm