Robert Calandra, The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Physician Targeting Using Real-time Data: How PurpleLab’s Alerts Can Help

By leveraging real-time data that offers unprecedented insights into physician behavior and patient outcomes, companies can gain a competitive advantage with prescribers. PurpleLab®, a healthcare analytics platform with one of the largest medical and pharmaceutical claims databases in the United States, recently announced the launch of Alerts which translates complex information into actionable insights, empowering companies to identify the right physicians to target, determine the most effective marketing strategies and ultimately improve patient care.

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Fully paid up but still no Obamacare coverage

Penn. — Michelle Lamb recalls it being “pretty easy” buying health insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplace last December. But using her Independence Blue Cross plan has been maddening. The 39-year-old West Oak Lane day care teacher has made three monthly premium payments at more than three times her subsidized rate just to make […]


Union pushes to get Philadelphia cab driver health insurance

It’s a job where stress mounts like dollars on a taxicab meter. The hours are long, the wages are low, and the competition for customers is often fierce. Toss in an eat-on-the-go, fast-food diet, little exercise, a sore back and achy joints from jockeying through traffic all day and you start to grasp the health […]


Obamacare subsidies: What’s the definition of ‘affordable?’

As the Affordable Care Act wobbles into its second month, more people are enrolling on the website and learning if they are eligible to get a subsidy and what their monthly premium payment could be. Not everyone is happy, especially those who happen to be just above the subsidy cutoff. Some single older adults […]

Policy looks at Affordable Care Act claims

Lori Robertson has been covering the Affordable Care Act from the earliest debates on it in 2009. A journalist for, the nonpartisan nonprofit that monitors the accuracy of e-mails, viral claims, and statements by politicians, Robertson ...