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Archive for April, 2015

‘Just Talk About It!’: Importance of Advance Care Planning

Advance care planning is an important part of health and wellness and can be one of the ways in which we can take care of those we love and who love us.

Did you know that:

• 90 percent of people say talking with their loved ones about end of life care is important
• Less than 30 percent of people have actually done so

Congratulations on taking the important first step to learn more information about advance care planning and advance directives! (more…)

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No Place for Politics; Our Job Is Care

Health care in western Pennsylvania has become a political issue. And the governor and his advisors have made it so.

It was disappointing on many levels when newly seated Gov. Tom Wolf publicly bashed UPMC last week about our decision to terminate our Medicare Advantage Provider contracts in 2016. As a successful businessman, he should understand that a contract is a contract, and neither party can change the terms of a contract on a whim. That is exactly what Highmark started doing last spring when they decided the mutually agreed-upon rates for care provided at the world-class UPMC CancerCenter were no longer valid and they would only pay about 20 percent of the rates they had agreed to pay. (more…)

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Defeating Polio

On April 12, 1955, headlines trumpeted the news that Dr. Jonas Salk and his team at the University of Pittsburgh had successfully developed a vaccine against polio. In light of the 60th anniversary, Dr. Donald S. Burke, dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, discusses the vaccine’s world-changing implications. He also explains what will be needed to eradicate the last few polio strongholds and how Pitt Public Health is in the middle of such efforts.


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