Highmark’s clever marketing play: Escape the polar vortex — and then get health insurance

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Highmark’s clever marketing play: Escape the polar vortex — and then get health insurance

January 29, 2014 3:26 pm by | 0 Comments

Pittsburgh insurer Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is taking advantage of the brutal cold weather in the Midwest with a new appeal to catch consumers’ attention – and help them…


Pennsylvania hospitals use Obamacare bogeyman to hedge financial bets

Pennsylvania hospitals use Obamacare bogeyman to hedge financial bets

March 29, 2014 6:17 am by | 0 Comments

Profits were up at many Western Pennsylvania hospitals at the end of last year, thanks to higher revenue, a turnaround from the previous year when many reported losses from their…


Pennsylvania Health Trust faces new costs under Obamacare

Pennsylvania Health Trust faces new costs under Obamacare

March 21, 2014 12:24 pm by | 0 Comments

EDWARDSVILLE — The Affordable Care Act continues to impact health insurance costs for local school districts belonging to the Northeast Pennsylvania School District Health Trust. The trust board learned Wednesday…



These 10 states are critical to reaching Obamacare enrollment goals by March 31

These 10 states are critical to reaching Obamacare enrollment goals by March 31

March 19, 2014 5:01 am by | 1 Comments

Ten states — seven of them controlled by Republicans —hold the key to whether the Obama administration succeeds at signing up 6 million people by the deadline of March 31….


Genomic data mining firm hopes to help personalized medicine become commonplace in 3-5 years

Genomic data mining firm hopes to help personalized medicine become commonplace in 3-5 years

March 18, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Charles Eldering started developing methods for mining big data back in the late ’90s on a project that characterized consumers based on their purchasing and television viewing habits. Now, a…


Court won’t hear dispute over breast cancer awareness ‘boobies’ bracelets

Court won’t hear dispute over breast cancer awareness ‘boobies’ bracelets

March 10, 2014 9:41 am by | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a Pennsylvania school district that wants to prevent students from wearing “I (heart) Boobies!” bracelets to promote breast cancer…


UPenn study finds more primary care follow-up, fewer repeat readmissions with community health workers

UPenn study finds more primary care follow-up, fewer repeat readmissions with community health workers

March 1, 2014 12:26 pm by | 0 Comments

Al Tiller was in a state of despair on Jan. 7, when yet another hospital worker came into his room. He was homeless. Estranged from his daughter. Hadn’t had a drink in a week. And his hands — on their way to losing parts of six fingers, the result of …


Highmark to stop reimbursing health systems at higher hospital-outpatient rates

Highmark to stop reimbursing health systems at higher hospital-outpatient rates

February 27, 2014 2:10 am by | 0 Comments

Health systems across the country are buying out private doctor practices and reclassifying them as hospital-outpatient departments — a move that critics say allows hospitals to bill higher rates without…



Gov. Tom Corbett’s ‘Healthy Pennsylvania’ plan for the expansion of Medicaid DOA?

Gov. Tom Corbett’s ‘Healthy Pennsylvania’ plan for the expansion of Medicaid DOA?

February 22, 2014 10:33 pm by | 0 Comments

Disingenuousness as an art form is a given in politics — as long as it’s effective for a particular politician or group. Then there’s Gov. Tom Corbett’s “Healthy Pennsylvania” plan…


1 out of 10 Pennsylvanians fail to pay first premiums under Obamacare

1 out of 10 Pennsylvanians fail to pay first premiums under Obamacare

February 18, 2014 2:14 am by | 0 Comments

At least one in 10 Pennsylvanians who selected coverage through Healthcare.gov never paid their first premium, according to insurance companies, which extended deadlines at the urging of President Obama on…


The 10 least expensive health insurance exchange markets in America

The 10 least expensive health insurance exchange markets in America

February 13, 2014 12:15 pm by | 1 Comments

People in much of Minnesota, northwestern Pennsylvania and Tucson, Ariz., are getting the best bargains from the health care law’s new insurance marketplaces: premiums half the price or less than…


Nurse in assisted suicide case asks for no appeal

Nurse in assisted suicide case asks for no appeal

February 12, 2014 10:20 pm by | 0 Comments

Barbara Mancini pleaded Wednesday for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane not to appeal a judge’s decision to dismiss assisted-suicide charges against the Philadelphia nurse in the death of her father….


University of Pennsylvania launching LGBT health initiative

University of Pennsylvania launching LGBT health initiative

February 7, 2014 2:08 am by | 0 Comments

In one of the broadest efforts in the nation to bring sexual minorities into the medical mainstream, the University of Pennsylvania is unrolling an LGBT health initiative that spans the…


Digital health accelerator in Philadelphia looking for health IT startups

Digital health accelerator in Philadelphia looking for health IT startups

February 3, 2014 2:57 pm by | 0 Comments

One year after DreamIt Health and the Canadian consulate launched digital health accelerators, the University City Science Center is hosting a state-backed health IT accelerator, according to a statement. The…


UPMC, Highmark: All is well (so far) with health insurance exchanges

UPMC, Highmark: All is well (so far) with health insurance exchanges

February 2, 2014 1:23 pm by | 0 Comments

JOHNSTOWN — After the challenging rollout of the Affordable Care Act’s federal insurance exchange late last year, the region’s two leading insurance companies report a smooth first month of coverage….


‘Singing Doctor’ soothes newborns and families at Pennsylvania hospital

‘Singing Doctor’ soothes newborns and families at Pennsylvania hospital

January 31, 2014 2:35 am by | 0 Comments

As day-old baby Ava Nicole lies sleeping in her mother’s arms, Dr. Carey Andrew-Jaja grins as he leans over their hospital bed to welcome the new life. “Hey, Ava,” Andrew-Jaja…