Town Hall meeting on insurance rate hike set

Statewide action group Put People First! PA and the Pennsylvania Insurance Department will hold a town hall on proposed rate increases for marketplace health plans on Aug. 30 from 7-9 p.m. at the Free Library of Northhampton Township, 25 Upper Holland Rd., Richboro.

This year, the average requested rate increase is 8 percent.

During the town hall, residents of Southeast Pennsylvania who buy insurance through Affordable Care Act marketplace plans will have the opportunity to speak out about how they are affected by the rising costs of health care.

This is one of nine town halls being held in response to appeals from people and organizations across the state by the Pennsylvania Insurance Department.

RCA opens rehabilitation center in Pa.

Recovery Centers of America, the nation’s growing addiction treatment provider, has opened its newest drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in Devon.

Recovery Centers of America at Devon is a specialized behavioral health and addiction treatment facility. Located 20 miles outside of Philadelphia on the Main Line, the facility will accept all major insurance.

RCA at Devon provides patients with evidence-based treatment programs for addiction to opioids, heroin, alcohol, and other drugs. It also treats “co-occurring” behavioral health disorders such as anxiety, trauma, depression, and bipolar disorder that can complicate recovery if not addressed.

The facility delivers a full continuum of care including medically assisted detoxification, residential treatment, partial hospitalization outpatient services, ongoing support, and family services, delivered in five-star, residential accommodations.

The new facility joins RCA’s other in-patient treatment centers in Earleville, Md; Westminster, Mass.; Mays Landing, N.J. and Danvers, Mass., bringing its total number of beds nationwide to 274.

U.S. News & World Report recognizes Lewis Katz School of Medicine

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University has again been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the most popular medical schools in the nation in terms of applications received. LKSOM received 10,623 applications for the 2016-2017 academic year, the ninth-highest total in the nation.

“The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University consistently attracts a wonderfully diverse student body with a wide variety of life experiences and out-of-classroom interests, as well as a true commitment to serving the community,” said Dr. Jacob W. Ufberg, associate dean of Admissions and professor of Emergency Medicine at LKSOM.

“Through its world-class faculty, research excellence and unbeatable clinical experience, LKSOM offers students the highest quality educational programs designed to train the next generation of physicians, medical researchers and healthcare professionals.”

Nazareth Hospital offers smoking and tobacco cessation classes

This fall, Nazareth Hospital will offer smoking and tobacco cessation classes to give community members the knowledge, techniques and support needed to become tobacco free. The first series will take place on Wednesdays from Sept. 13 to Oct. 25; from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The second series will take place on Wednesdays from Nov. 1 to Dec. 13; from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. They will both be located at Nazareth Hospital, 2601 Holme Ave. in the 1st Floor Cancer Team Conference Room.

Registration for the program is required. To register call (215) 335-7727.

Health Care Access Phoenixville receives $10K grant

The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to Health Care Access Phoenixville to help improve access to oral health. The grant will help offset the cost of providing direct care.

The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental Insurance Company and its affiliated companies, which provides dental insurance to nearly 36.5 million people including more than 1.8 million in Pennsylvania.

The foundation provides approximately $4 million in annual grants to nonprofit community clinics and health care programs, striving to improve oral health for underserved children and adults through treatment and education.

Mercy LIFE hires 3 new geriatric physicians

Mercy LIFE and Mercy LIFE — West Philadelphia, nationally recognized Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) that offer older adults total solutions for long-term care, has hired three new physicians to the organization’s comprehensive care team.

Dr. Bharati Srivastava, will serve as a primary care physician at Mercy LIFE’s Sharon Hill Adult Day Center. Srivastava completed her residency in internal medicine at Wayne State University. She is board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine.

Mercy LIFE — West Philadelphia announced the hiring of Dr. Anshi Thapliyal and Dr. Robert Furia. Both will serve as primary care physicians at the West Philadelphia Adult Day Center. Thapliyal completed her residency in internal medicine at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. She is board certified in internal medicine, geriatric medicine, hospice and palliative medicine.

Furia completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He is board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine. Furia is also a member of the American College of Physicians and American Geriatric Society.

— Compiled by Ayana Jones

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