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Apr 20, 2017, 06:00 ET May Is Melanoma Awareness Month

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and is characterized by the uncontrolled growth of pigment-producing cells. Melanoma may appear on...


Apr 18, 2017, 06:03 ET Pennsylvanians want collaborative agreements between nurse practitioners and medical doctors

A March 2017 statewide poll of Pennsylvania adults over the age of 18 indicates Pennsylvanians want collaborative agreements between nurse...


Apr 06, 2017, 07:00 ET New health care company begins work to enhance value-based health care in Pennsylvania

The Care Centered Collaborative, a new Harrisburg-based health care company founded by thousands of Pennsylvania physicians statewide, is now open...


Jan 03, 2017, 06:00 ET Promoting Teen Health Is As Easy As Wearing Lime Green January 9th Begins Teen Health Week

Health care blogger Laura Offutt, MD, is a volunteer internal medicine physician and a Pennsylvania Medical Society member. When not seeing...


Oct 17, 2016, 07:00 ET New patient care delivery system enters health care 'race to get bigger' by keeping things small

After more than six years since the Affordable Care Act became law in March 2010, officials at the Pennsylvania Medical Society say health care...


Sep 01, 2016, 06:00 ET Is your school ready for an opioid overdose?

How serious is the country's opioid misuse epidemic?  Serious enough for Pennsylvania to call a special session of its legislature and to take...


Jun 13, 2016, 08:05 ET Is Happiness Possible? Burnout And Balance From A Physician Perspective

 Medical blogger Gus Geraci MD is consulting clinical adviser at the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED). Prior to joining PAMED, Dr. Geraci...


Jun 01, 2016, 08:05 ET Surgery and Opioids: Changing the perioperative patient experience and expectation

Should patients expect their doctor to write an opioid prescription when recovering from surgery? In recent years, they have.  Studies show...


May 23, 2016, 08:05 ET Being Smart About Opioids: 'Warm Hand-Offs' Part Of The Solution To Fix The Crisis

 Medical blogger Kristen Sandel, MD, is associate director of emergency medicine at Reading Hospital and the Young Physician Trustee for the...


Apr 13, 2016, 08:05 ET Business Decisions By Health Insurers Can Catch Patients Off-Guard

For the average American, having a health insurance card in their wallet provides a sense of health care security. It's commonly believed that as...


Mar 23, 2016, 08:05 ET In Pennsylvania's Fight Against Opioid Abuse, Drug Monitoring Database Could Be A Game-Changer

 Physician blogger Joseph Teel, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Community Health in the Perelman School of Medicine at...


Mar 14, 2016, 12:37 ET Unpleasant Surprises For Physicians And Patients

 Physician blogger Gus Geraci, MD, consulting chief medical officer at the Pennsylvania Medical Society, looks at unexpected Obamacare...


Mar 01, 2016, 08:05 ET Tracking the Tracker: The Long Road for Pennsylvania's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Today, it's a well-known fact that prescription drug abuse is a public health crisis across the country. With politicians now jumping into the...


Feb 12, 2016, 08:05 ET Physician Workforce: Greener Grass Depends on Priorities

 Physician blogger Gus Geraci, MD, consulting chief medical officer at the Pennsylvania Medical Society, looks at employment and practice...


Feb 08, 2016, 11:40 ET A First Time For Everything: Thoughts On Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf's Upcoming Budget Address

 Political blogger Hannah Walsh, a legislative veteran with first-hand state capitol experience in Harrisburg and also associate director of...


Feb 05, 2016, 11:39 ET Rising Generic Drug Costs Have Physicians Raising Red Flags

A December 2015 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) followed by another nearly a month...


Feb 04, 2016, 07:55 ET Rising Generic Drug Costs Have Physicians Raising Red Flags

A December 2015 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) followed by another nearly a month...


Jan 18, 2016, 08:05 ET Blog: Teen Health -- Opportunities To Create Life-Long Habits

 Teen years are a time of rapid physical and emotional growth. Health behavior patterns established during adolescence both affect the...


Jan 12, 2016, 07:55 ET New Calendar Year, New Health Insurance Year

 You've made it through 2015, and as you enter the New Year, a new health insurance year is starting as well. What does that mean for...


Jan 07, 2016, 14:24 ET Opinion: Gun Violence Is Also A Public Health Problem

 The following is a guest opinion from Scott Shapiro MD, president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and a practicing cardiologist at...


Dec 17, 2015, 08:05 ET Open For The Holidays; Physicians Discuss December Holiday Health Care Coverage

 Whether it's delivering the first baby of the New Year or attending to an accident victim, for some medical professionals Christmas and New...


Nov 20, 2015, 07:05 ET Special Report: Fighting Terrorism By Keeping Your Physical And Behavioral Health In Check

With news of the attacks in Paris over the past week as well as other recent acts of terrorism generating extensive news and social media...


Nov 06, 2015, 07:00 ET Helping Mothers To Help Preemies

 Every year in the United States nearly half a million babies are born too soon, says the Pennsylvania Chapter of the March of Dimes....


Oct 05, 2015, 07:55 ET Both Vampires, Doctors Want Your Blood This Halloween

Vampires may want your blood for the sake of their longevity, but have you ever wondered why your doctor is also interested in it? Well, unlike...


Sep 08, 2015, 08:05 ET Physicians Have Greater Ability To Help Child Abuse Victims

 Only a few years ago, Pennsylvania had one of the narrowest definitions of child abuse in the country. Statistically, it showed. According...