Oscar expands into Philadelphia marketplace

Oscar, a New York-based health insurance company, announced that it will expand to cover individuals and families in Philadelphia in 2020, pending regulatory approval.

This marks Oscar’s first entry into the state of Pennsylvania and brings the expansion of its national footprint to a total geographic footprint of 15 states and 26 markets across the country. Oscar plans to offer its individual product to Philadelphia residents in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Chester, Bucks and Delaware counties, pending regulatory approval.

This decision to expand its individual market coverage comes at the same time Oscar is launching new Medicare Advantage plans in New York and Houston. Oscar announced this decision in July.

Einstein awarded Magnet recognition in nursing

Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park, MossRehab, Willowcrest and Einstein Center One were awarded Magnet recognition — the highest honor a healthcare organization can receive for nursing excellence.

Magnet recognition is one of the benchmarks used to measure the quality of care patients receive and is considered the gold standard for nursing care. Across the country, only about eight percent of hospitals attain Magnet status which is awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program.

Applying for Magnet recognition is a voluntary and lengthy process which involves an extensive evaluation and application. Key components that have to be demonstrated in the application include: Patient outcomes that exceed national benchmarks; high scores on patient and nurse satisfaction; the impact nurses have on patient outcomes; adherence to standards for improving the quality of patient care; continued competence of nurses through education; inter-professionalism collaboration and leadership of the chief nurse executive in supporting professional practice.

Temple earns LGBTQ healthcare equality leader designation

Temple University Hospital (TUH) earned the designation of “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC).

The designation was awarded in the 12th edition of HRC’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), and TUH earned the designation by scoring 100/100 on the HEI 2019 survey. A record 680 health care facilities actively participated in the HEI 2019 survey, with HRC Foundation proactively researching key policies at 1,000 additional non-participating hospitals.

The 12th edition of the HEI assesses participants on four criteria: non-discrimination and staff training, patient services and support, employee benefits and policies, and patient and community engagement.

Temple joins 406 healthcare providers nationwide earning the “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader Designation.”

— Compiled by Ayana Jones

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