The River City Festival is held each year in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia. Students enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy program participated for the fourth year in a row on Saturday, Oct. 5. The students were invited to participate as part of Hahnemann University Hospital’s “Wellness Tent.”
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With the government shutdown finally being resolved this Thursday, the affect it has had on the American public has taken the form of closed National Parks and a bickering Congress. But the impact of the shutdown goes far beyond what the media and pundits are discussing in their daily rundowns. As healthcare professionals, there are serious ramifications that endangered the public health and the ability of us to treat patients who desperately need care. While the shutdown didn’t interrupt vital services provided by Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans Affairs, agencies like the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Food and Drug...
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In our last blog, we discussed the state-run exchange operating in Maryland. In contrast, Pennsylvania, home to some 1.3 million uninsured, is letting the federal government run the exchange. Back in 2011, it seemed as though PA would be taking the same approach as Maryland by developing its own insurance exchange system. In 2012, they even went as far as developing a conceptual draft for a state-run exchange and went even further by putting forth a request for quotations to implement such an exchange. However, just before the decision to run a state-based exchange was to be filed with the...
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By Dr. Daniel A. Hussar, the Remington Professor of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences' Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. He serves as the author and editor of The Pharmacist Activist newsletter (http://www.pharmacistactivist.com) from which this editorial was taken. You have heard the number before, perhaps to the point that it is no longer shocking to the extent that it must continue to be. More than 440,000 Americans die each year as a consequence of the medical problems resulting from smoking cigarettes. I do not have sales statistics but I have to think that CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and Walmart sell...
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While many states chose not to act after the passage of the Affordable Care Act to see if the legislation would get the Supreme Court’s seal of approval, Maryland jumped into action. Being one of the first 6 states to have their insurance exchanges approved by the federal government, Maryland should have been more than ready for the October 1st deadline that passed this Tuesday. Spearheaded by Governor Martin O’Malley, Maryland opted to assume the responsibility of operating a state-run system versus a federally managed exchange. While Maryland chose to operate their own exchange, states run by more politically conservative...
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Andrew Peterson PharmD, PhD, John Wyeth Dean of Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy, recently published an article titled, "Healthcare Exchanges Open for Business" in the Star Life Sciences Medical Monitor. As of Oct 1, 2013, many U.S. citizens will be able to purchase health insurance through an online marketplace called the Healthcare Exchange. Purchasing insurance through this mechanism is not available to employees who choose to receive insurance through their employer, or citizens who receive Medicare or Medicaid. Click here to read the entire article... As of today, Oct 1st, 2013, many US citizens will be able to...
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Despite all the ongoing debate in DC over the Affordable Care Act, (ObamaCare), implementation of a key component rolled out yesterday. Now, US citizens are be able to purchase health insurance through an online marketplace called the Health Care Exchange. Purchasing insurance through this mechanism is not available to employees who choose to receive insurance through their employer, or those citizens who receive Medicare. A key aspect of the law is that each state has the option to setup their exchange (marketplace) or have it partially or fully run by the Federal Government. Twenty-four states will have a State run...
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Introducing young children to science history offers a way for them to understand the scientific method and the process of discovery. Ideally, they can learn that science doesn’t always take a linear path, and sometimes there are stark reversals. Take for example, the discovery of Pluto, its classification as a planet, and its reclassification in 2006 as a “dwarf planet.” Clearly the definition of planets has taken twists and turns throughout the years. I recently completed a book project with illustrator Vance Lehmkuhl with the goal of presenting the history of Pluto’s discovery and demotion, as well as a brief...
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A study published in 2012 by Amalia M. Issa, PhD, chair of The Department of Health Policy and Public Health, titled, “Cost effectiveness of gene expression profiling for early stage breast cancer: a decision-analytic model,” has been recently included in the Tufts Medical Center Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (CEA) Registry. This registry is a comprehensive database of more than 3,604 English-language cost-utility analyses on a wide variety of diseases and treatments. It catalogs information on more than 9,800 cost-effectiveness ratios, and more than 13,500 utility weights published in the peer-reviewed literature. The registry also details studies published from 1976 through 2012, and...
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If your back aches after a long commute or you get a stiff neck from working at the computer, bad posture may be to blame. “Unfortunately, people ignore proper posture until they have some pain,” says Dr. Gregory Thielman, an associate professor of physical therapy at University of the Sciences. Click here to continue reading the entire article...
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