Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The price of colonoscopies, MRIs, CT scans, and mammograms vary widely according to hospital and geography.
It costs $520 less to get an MRI and $900 less to get a CT scan in Prince George's County than the Maryland state average. That's according to data from New Choice Health, a private company that encourages people to become smarter healthcare consumers. Meanwhile, prices for common procedures tend to be lower in Prince George's County than in neighborhing Montgomery County, with differences of $200 for CT scans, $20 for mammograms, and $160 for MRI. Colonoscopies, however, run about $160 more that our neighbors to the northwest on average. These regional differences have been in the news lately. As the Washington Post wrote last week, "One hospital charges $8,000—another $38,000." Using the same data as the Post, The New York Times listed …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
A new healthcare facility at Prince George's Community College was created to account for growth in the industry's job opportunities.
Prince George’s Community College has created a facility where students can have access to new technology and training for high-demand health care occupations. According to the college, beginning Aug. 27, the new Center for Health Studies will offer 26 state-of-the-art simulation labs to give students real-world clinical experiences. There also will be space for new programs like medical assistant, physician’s assistant and surgical technology. “The college partnered with state and county governments to create the Center for Health Studies in response to a growing demand for trained healthcare providers,” Angela Anderson, dean of health sciences, said in a statement. “Opening the new center allows the college to expand and enhance …
Friday, July 27, 2012
Officials hope the new hospital will attract more physicians to practice in Prince George's County.
Prince George's County and the University of Maryland Medical System announced plans Wednesday for a $600 million overhaul of Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly. The new center would have 278 beds—slightly more than the 265 beds currently in the hospital, according to the Baltimore Business Journal. Officials are hoping to change the perception of the county's medical services, the Washington Examiner reports, partly in response to bleak survey results from 1,000 residents who use the Prince George's public health system. The study, conducted by the University of Maryland School of Public Health, concludes that 61 new physicians are needed to serve the residents in Prince George's county. Most residents say they currently go out …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Officials hope an alliance between Dimensions Healthcare System and University of Maryland Medical System will boost healthcare in Prince George's County.
University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) will partner with several Dimensions Healthcare System facilities in the upcoming months to provide more doctors and better in-county healthcare. The Gazette reported that UMMS began providing support to Laurel Regional Hospital on July 1 and will do the same for Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly beginning in August and for Bowie Health Center in 2013. “We’re on the threshold of being able to dramatically improve the quality of care and service for the people of Prince George’s County,” John O’Brien, Dimensions’ chief operating officer, told the Gazette. Sylvia Quinton, a Glenarden resident and employee with the Prince George’s Healthcare Action Coalition, said the partnership is the …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
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Friday, June 29, 2012
State and county leadership say the Supreme Court ruling on health care affirms a trail Maryland was already blazing, while Maryland residents remain split on the issue.
Maryland leaders have had the chance to absorb the news: The Supreme Court, in a split decision, has upheld the individual mandate that requires the purchase of insurance as a tax. Although there was some confusion Thursday, it's clear now that The Affordable Care Act will stay in effect, although opponents pledge they won't give up the fight. While Marylanders apparently have mixed feelings about the ruling, the response among Prince George's County leaders was upbeat. They were early adopters of the Affordable Care Act that President Barack H. Obama championed. Thursday’s decision allows the law to stand. “Today’s decision is a huge victory for the American people,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen Jr. (D-MD), whose district includes parts of …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Supreme Court is set to rule Thursday morning on the national healthcare law.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Supreme Court is scheduled to rule Thursday on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, signed into law March 23, 2010. In an informal Patch poll in Prince George's County this week, readers seemed split on whether or not the Supreme Court should overturn the healthcare bill. But ultimately 53 percent of the said it should be overturned. "The Federal government has no business: zero, zip, nada, nothing... in terms of mandating anything with regards to health care," one commenter, Patch user tcmitssr, said. "Less than half of Americans under Obama's socialist medical proposal will pay for more than half of the rest of the country's health care." According to a 2009 Rand Health report, nearly 80,000 adult residents in Prince …