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Archive: May, 2010

Medical devices drive up heart care costs

Saturday, May 22, 2010, 10:14 AM
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America and it’s also a major driver of health care costs. A study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia VA Medical Center found that newer medical devices are a major reason why heart care costs are rising dramatically... Read more

Health reform to save $590 billion in 10 years

Friday, May 21, 2010, 2:15 PM
A report by the Center for American Progress and The Commonwealth Fund released Friday found that the health reform bill passed in March 2010 would lower premiums by nearly $2,000 for American families by 2019 and reduce overall health spending by $590 billion from 2010 to 2019. The analysis, lead... Read more

Penn study finds uninsured more likely to die in hospital ICUs

Friday, May 21, 2010, 8:41 AM
Americans without insurance tend to wait longer before seeking care and often rely on hospital emergency rooms for routine care. But a study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan found that uninsured patients in hospital intensive care units get less aggressive... Read more

Parents want email access to pediatricians

Thursday, May 20, 2010, 12:27 PM
About half of the parents who participated in a national survey said they would like electronic communications via email and online portals with their children’s pediatricians, according to a national survey. The C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital national poll on children’s health found... Read more

Legionnaires' Disease case identified in Philadelphia

Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 5:23 PM
A woman working at the Social Security Administration at 3rd and Spring Garden Streets has been diagnosed with a case of Legionnaires’ Disease, officials at the federal agency confirmed Wednesday. Another worker in the building has tested positive for legionella bacteria, but has not developed... Read more

FDA reiterates: Rotavirus vaccines are safe despite pig virus

Monday, May 17, 2010, 4:07 PM
On Sunday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent a notice to pediatricians, family doctors and public health professionals reiterating the agency’s decision that both vaccines against rotavirus are safe despite the presence of pig viruses. “Based on a careful evaluation of laboratory... Read more

Study: Rotavirus vaccine reduced hospitalizations of children

Saturday, May 15, 2010, 11:28 AM
A study from the Journal of Infectious Diseases released Friday reported that vaccines against the rotavirus had nearly cut in half hospitalizations of children in the U.S. in just two years. Also on Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reversed course and said that pediatricians and other... Read more

Penn profits while other hospitals decline

Friday, May 14, 2010, 1:56 PM
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania earned the top spot among local hospitals with a profit of $119.3 million on operating revenues of $1.8 billion in the year that ended June 30, 2009, according to the latest report on hospital fiscal health by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment... Read more

Can whistle-blowers pay for Obamacare?

Friday, May 14, 2010, 8:45 AM
On Thursday an alphabet soup of government investigative agencies from the HHS OIG to the DOJ’s FBI reported that the new health reform law – the Affordable Care Act – gives them new tools to help fight fraud and protect tax dollars. The new law “strengthens our ability to... Read more

More than $100 million in NIH grants to PA, NJ, and DE institutions

Friday, May 14, 2010, 3:25 PM
Eleven universities and medical research institutions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware were awarded more than $100 million in federal grants to build or renovate laboratories, the National Institutes of Health announced Friday. The grants were part of more than 146 awards made nationwide for... Read more
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