Penn Med Students Create App to Address LGBTQ Health Disparities

The SpectrumScores Team (L-R): Naveen Jain, Phil Williams, and Jun Jeon

Three University of Pennsylvania medical students have created an app that they hope will put an end to LGBTQ healthcare disparities.

SpectrumScores, being developed by Phil Williams, Jun Jeon, and Naveen Jain, plans to connect LGBTQ patients with the right providers to meet their unique needs. The concept came from the team’s shared negative experiences with providers they described as “well-meaning but under-informed” coupled with their understanding of “how much of a significant impact an LGBTQ competent provider can make.” Read more »

Toomey Wants to Repeal the Affordable Care Act With or Without a Replacement

Disability activists protested outside Sen. Pat Toomey’s Philadelphia office yesterday, some covered in fake blood, to speak out against his push to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut back on Medicaid spending.

Several hours later, Toomey released a statement calling for a “full Obamacare repeal bill that would take effect in two years so that Congress can use this time to craft a legislative replacement and move toward a consumer-driven health care system.”  Read more »

It’s Time for Single-Payer Health Care

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I frequently travel around the country meeting and speaking with business groups about issues affecting their companies. The business groups I speak to are located in places like Montana, Ohio, Nebraska, and Texas. Many of the attendees are farmers, manufacturers, distributors, and service providers. Most of them don’t live in big cities. And yes, like me, the majority of them lean to the right. Some even fall over.

Of course, health care is a major part of those discussions. And you know what I’ve found? We right-leaning conservatives actually have a whole lot in common on that issue with our left-leaning friends. OK, not with Lena Dunham. But more than you may realize. Read more »

Wolf Urges Toomey Against Medicaid Cuts

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Like a lot of people, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf wants to get in touch with Sen. Pat Toomey.

Wolf sent Toomey a letter expressing concern for the senator’s recent call for a Medicaid “overhaul,” which Wolf believes would be “extremely devastating” to the state’s residents.  Read more »

Philadelphia Has an Overabundance of Medical Talent, LinkedIn Says

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Last week, LinkedIn released its June 2017 workforce report, detailing hiring and job-seeking trends in 20 of the largest US metropolitan areas. The professional networking site began releasing monthly workforce reports at the start of 2017, compiling and analyzing data collected from more than 138 million users and 20,000 companies on the site.

So, now that we’ve got almost half a year’s worth of data on our hands, what does LinkedIn have to say about workers and job hunters in the Philadelphia area? Here are six noteworthy trends and figures from LinkedIn’s report. Read more »

CloudMine Names Philly Life Sciences Industry Veteran as New CEO

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CloudMine Inc., Center City’s acclaimed and fast-growing master of digital health care application design, announced on Wednesday that Stephen Wray is joining the company as its new chief executive officer.

Wray, a veteran of Philadelphia’s health care industry, spent years as CEO of Bensalem life sciences company MNG Direct and was previously CEO of the global life sciences marketing practice at Cadient Group. Wray says he can trace a pattern throughout his career – one that he thinks will allow him to fit well with CloudMine. “I have a passion for spotting trends of change before they actually get operationalized,” Wray told Philadelphia magazine. Within the next few years, the new CEO believes programs like those built by CloudMine will become the norm for health care and life sciences. “CloudMine,” Wray said, “is really about getting it done. We’ve moved from a conception conversation about why this innovation should be done to a concrete and strategic conversation about how it will be done.”  Read more »

Wolf Bashes Healthcare Bill in Letter to White House

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Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf is urging the White House not to embrace the American Health Care Act – legislation that would repeal and replace major parts of Obamacare.

In a letter penned to White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (President Donald Trump’s son-in-law), Wolf said he has “deep and serious concerns” about how the AHCA would affect people and communities struggling with opioid addiction, which Wolf has worked for years to address and combat.  Read more »

Here Are the Pa. Republicans Who Voted No on Repealing Obamacare

As you likely (hopefully) know by now, Republicans are trying yet again to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Yesterday, the House narrowly passed a health care bill that would repeal and replace major parts of the ACA.

All 193 Democrats in the House voted “no” to the bill, called American Health Care Act. Among Republicans, 217 voted “yes,” 20 voted “no,” and one did not vote.

Pennsylvania had more defectors than any other state – four of the 20 Republicans who opposed the bill are from Pennsylvania.

Those four Republicans are: Rep. Ryan A. Costello of the 6th District; Rep. Patrick Meehan of the 7th District; Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of the 8th District; and Rep. Charlie Dent of the 15th DistrictRead more »

A Humble Suggestion for Fixing America’s Health Insurance Problems

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A few days ago, I was spending my lunch hour at work filling out an online form to make an appointment with a doctor I’d never been to before. I had my ducks in a row: calendar, check. Insurance card, check. Normal impatience: tightly reined in. Doctor forms always ask so many questions. And the plain truth is, I’m no longer sure of the exact date on which I had that hernia operation back in 1996. I do know when I had my two caesareans, though. Those are my kids’ birthdays.

Insurer’s name? Too easy. ID number? I got that, even though the tiny type and the five zeroes in a row — or is it four? — don’t make it easy to read off my insurance card. Then the form asked for group number. Um. I looked at the card, then turned it over. Nope, nothing that said “group number.” Somewhere in the far distant reaches of my brain, I felt a little tingle. I had the vaguest recollection of my ordinarily even-tempered husband railing about how he couldn’t find the goddamn group number for the health insurance anywhere — when? A year ago? Two years? Five years? I seemed to recall that he finally found it, somehow, and told the kids and me to write it down someplace safe for when we needed it again. Read more »

Report: 5 Ways the Obamacare Repeal Will Slam Pa.’s Economy

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On the first day of his presidency, Donald Trump issued an executive order to start rolling back the Affordable Care Act, and the repeal will result in some major shocks for Pennsylvanians and the state’s economy, according to a report released last week by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center.

The report’s key findings show that once the Trump administration begins to roll back the law, instituted in 2010, these five things will happen across the state: Read more »

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