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  • DATE POSTED: FEBRUARY 11, 2014
    NOTICE OF INVITATION: Region III Conference and Hospital Leader's Dialogue
    The PHA Board of Directors has finalized the sets of Regional Conferences in its...
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  • DATE POSTED: JULY 30, 2013
    Enforcement and Prosecution Department
    We wish to inform you that in view of the information received by the Commision that several individuals and/or groups...
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  • DATE POSTED: JULY 16, 2013
    PHA COMELEC Advisory
    The PHA COMELEC is pleased to announce that the PHA election for the Board of Directors will be held on November 21, 2013, Thursday, during the occasion of...
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  • DATE POSTED: JUNE 24, 2013
    PHA Regional Conference and Dialogue for Provinces of Cebu, Negros Oriental, Siquijor, Leyte & Samar
    Indeed, the never ending saga and the most difficult challenging times...
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  • DATE POSTED: JUNE 6, 2013
    PHA Regional Conference and Dialogue for Region V
    It is thus crucial for all of us, more particularly the members of the PHA Region V, government and private, to gather again for a Regional Conference & Dialogue.
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  • DATE POSTED: MAY 6, 2013
    PHA Regional Conference and Dialogue for Regions I, II and CAR
    It is thus crucial for all of us, more particularly the members of the PHA Regions 1, 2 & CAR, government and private, to gather again...
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  • DATE POSTED: MARCH 26, 2013
    PHA Regional Conference and Dialogue for Regions IX, X and CARAGA
    Indeed, the never ending saga and the most difficult challenging times in the history of hospital industry, government and private, faced with government’s...
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  • DATE POSTED: MARCH 7, 2013
    PHA Regional Conference and Dialogue for Regions 7 & 8
    It is thus crucial for all of us, more particularly the members of the PHA Regions 7 & 8, government and private, to gather again for a Regional Conference...
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  • DATE POSTED: FEBRUARY 1, 2013
    PHA Regional Conference and Dialogue  for Region 3
    Were you downgraded by the DOH?  Let us all formulate an updated stand on the DOH A.O. 12-20012...
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  • DATE POSTED: JANUARY 24, 2013
    Theme for 2013 Regional Seminar
    The New Regulations in Health Care.
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  • DATE POSTED: JANUARY 24, 2013
    Theme for 2013 63rd Annual National Convention
    Reconfiguring The Hospital DNA.
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  • Aspirin-Exacerbated Disease Tied to Smoke
    Adults with aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease are more than three times as likely to have been exposed to secondhand smoke as kids, U.S. researchers say.
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    Aspirin-exacerbated disease tied to smoke  

    Adults with aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease are more than three times as likely to have been exposed to secondhand smoke as kids, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Jinny Chang of The Methodist Hospital said about 10 percent of people with asthma and one-third of asthmatics with chronic sinus inflammation have aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease. Although they might have been able to take aspirin previously, most are now unable to take it without suffering an asthma attack or other respiratory symptoms, Chang said. "More than half of U.S. children are exposed to secondhand smoke, and this study adds to the evidence that it is a health threat," Chang said in a statement. "This study shows it also is associated with aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease, The study included a total of 520 people: 260 patients who had asthma and aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease and their spouses, who did not have asthma or aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease. In the study, compared with those without aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease, those with the condition were more than three times as likely to have been exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke as children and were five times as likely to have been exposed during childhood and adulthood. Smokers were more than one and a half times more likely to have aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease than those who never smoked, the study said. The findings are scheduled to be published in the January issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

  • The Real Story About Homeopathy
    As described by Wikipedia, homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine in which practitioners claim to treat patients using highly diluted preparations...
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    The Real Story About Homeopathy  

    As described by Wikipedia, homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine in which practitioners claim to treat patients using highly diluted preparations that are believed to cause healthy people to exhibit symptoms that are similar to those exhibited by the patient. Homeopathy originated in the mid 1800s. It has gradually grown in popularity, on the basis of some health innovations, and a growing trend of seeking natural forms of medicine. Homeopathy is the beneficiary of commons myths and suppositions that are simply not true. Below are the 9 common myths that we are going to dismiss one by one. Myth #1: "There is no proof that homeopathy works." Logic and experimentation is the foundation of Homeopathy. It has been studied for various conditions and usually takes place in India and other countries. The outcomes are rarely reported here. How the remedies might work is still up for discussion. That they work in some way has been demonstrated in experimental studies. If you ask homeopaths, the evidence that their medicines work is in what their patients tell them. Myth #2: "Homeopathic remedies are just placebo -- sugar pills." Yes, remedies are made with watered down amounts of the original plant, animal or mineral. For that reason, many people believe the pills are really just placebo and does not contain medicine at all. But the makeup of these remedies is different from water or sugar and they have positive actions in the body. "Placebo" means people presume the medicine is working when in fact it didn’t help in any way. But in the case of homeopathy it has been found to work in a wide range of conditions and it works on babies and animals, which cannot possibly be affected by placebo. Myth #3: "Homeopathy is a miracle cure for almost anything." It isn't a cure-all or all purpose. Like any medicine, homeopathy has its own limitation. Some people won't respond. Some conditions are untreatable. While it can help with symptoms, homeopathy cannot alleviate many health problems and situations where an organ or system is meeting halfway. Myth #4: "Homeopathy is slow in working." That is not true. Actually homeopathy works fast when it comes to treating acute problems. In reality if a remedy shows no sign of effectiveness by the third or fourth day, you ought to try another one. It will surely take longer when used for chronic conditions, but no longer than most drugs. Myth #5: "It's only good for chronic problems." Homeopathy is effective for chronic issues, but barely. It's actually better for severe symptoms happening right at the moment. The myth comes from the fact that people likely to visit the homeopath only after their illness has improved and become persistent. What if they had tried homeopathy at the beginning? Myth #6: "Homeopaths are not trained doctors." That is not right; of course they have formal training in medicine, although not in conventional medicine. Homeopathic colleges all over the world train new practitioners. When you see a homeopath, ask for his/her accreditations. Myth #7: "Homeopathy is just a type of herbal medicine." This is wrong for the following reasons. Homeopathy uses herbs, animals and minerals. For an animal example, take Apis, which is honeybee. But it's also tentatively different than herbal medicine, which make use of the active ingredients in herbs to treat health conditions. But homeopathy is based on far different principles and acts in different ways. What’s more they are generally tried one remedy at a time, whereas herbal medicine regularly uses many plants at once. Myth #8: "Strong scents and flavors work against the remedies." Many people believe that substances with strong aroma such as coffee, alcohol, mint, onions and garlic, physically thwart a remedy. It is true that homeopaths have wanted patients to keep away from these things, but it was mostly to see if a therapy worked without any impending interference. None of them would actually work against a remedy. (You are, though, required to take a remedy at least 15 minutes outside of any meal.) Myth #9: "Your symptoms get worse before they improve." Many people believe that there are negative responses when you first start a remedy. But this is far from significant. There are people who are very receptive to a remedy and it happens. There are people too who take a remedy in too high in strength. They don’t always get worse! If you have reservations, always go for the smaller dose. Note: In the context of homeopathy, the term remedy is used to refer to a substance which has been prepared with a particular procedure and intended for patient use; it is not to be confused with the generally accepted use of the word,which means "a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieves pain". (Wikipedia)

  • Vitamin B12 May Still Help Reduce Stroke
    LONDON, Ontario, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Vitamin B therapy still has a role to play in reducing the risk of stroke, U.S. and Canadian researchers suggest.
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    Vitamin B12 may still help reduce stroke

    LONDON, Ontario, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Vitamin B therapy still has a role to play in reducing the risk of stroke, U.S. and Canadian researchers suggest. Dr. David Spence of The University of Western Ontario and Dr. Meir Stampfer of the Harvard School of Public Health said vitamin B therapy was once widely used to lower homocysteine levels. Too much of this amino acid in the bloodstream was linked to increased risk of stroke and heart attack, but several randomized trials found lowering homocysteine levels with B vitamins did not result in a cardiovascular benefit. In fact, Spence, a scientist with the Robarts Research Institute at Western's Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, found vitamin B therapy actually increased cardiovascular risk in patients with diabetic nephropathy. In an commentary published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Spence and Stampfer said two key issues have been overlooked in the interpretation of the clinical trials -- the key role of vitamin B12, and the newly recognized role of renal failure. "It is now clear that the large trials showing no benefit of vitamin therapy obscured the benefit of vitamin therapy because they lumped together patients with renal failure and those with good renal function," Spence said in the commentary. "The vitamins are harmful in renal failure, and beneficial in patients with good renal function, and they cancel each other out," said Spence, the author of "How to Prevent Your Stroke." The commentary authors also contend most of the trials did not use a high enough dose of vitamin B12.

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NKTI, PHC in hot water over parking rental contract
Two government hospitals are in hot water for entering into a pay parking contract with a real estate giant.
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DECEMBER 7, 2012
Memorandum: "Clarification on Certain Provisions of Administrative Order No. 2010-0032 dated October 10, 2010..."
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NOVEMBER 5, 2012
Deferment of the Engagement with PhilHealth of Physicians as Providers through the Philippine Medical Association
The implementation of the automatic accreditation of physicians...
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JANUARY 3, 2012
PhilHealth Management Neutralizes Fraud Syndicate
Just over two months under new manage- ment, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) bared that it has uncovered and neutralized a syndicate...
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PhilHealth Management Neutralizes Fraud Syndicate January 3, 2012

JUST over two months under new management, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) bared that it has uncovered and neutralized a syndicate that ripped-off a private firm's multimillion-peso premium payment. "We've already called in the National Bureau of Investigation and the Anti-Money Laundering Council to complete the investigation toward filing the appropriate criminal charges against the culprits," said Dr. Eduardo P. Banzon, who was designated PhilHealth President and Chief Executive Officer only last Oct. 17. Banzon said the premium diversion scam was exposed when PhilHealth staff performing heightened verification and reconciliation of remittances detected a discrepancy in premium collection data. "A premium payment check was encashed at a private commercial bank. The money was not credited to PhilHealth's account and was diverted elsewhere," Banzon said. It may be recalled that a few years ago, there was a similar tax diversion scheme that was uncovered with the Bureau of Internal Revenue. In the tax diversion scam, syndicate members, including BIR staff and employees of private companies who colluded with the erring bank officers, are now facing trial for money laundering, fraud and falsification. "There are crooks everywhere. We are warning them. We will spare no effort in running after them. They will be caught, and they will be put behind bars," Banzon said. "We have zero tolerance for fraud, consistent with President Aquino's 'daang matuwid'' policy." In response, Banzon created an investigation panel last December 7, 2011 and has further designated a senior executive as chief anti-fraudsurveillance officer who will report directly to him and the Board. From the investigation, it now appears that a syndicate has been operating as early as 2009. Initial findings indicate that over a hundred million pesos in premium payments were encashed in a private commercial bank. "These premiums never reached PhilHealth," Banzon said. "We will run after the offenders and take all steps to ensure that these money meant for the health insurance dues of our members are properly remitted and credited to their account," he added. "We've also reinforced security controls to protect the integrity of our database," Banzon said. Administrative charges are now being readied while the filing of the necessary criminal charges is being coordinated with the NBI. Meanwhile, Banzon urged all companies "to observe existing (remittance)policies and procedures as prescribed by PhilHealth, and to immediately report any attempts to circumvent protocols to their nearest (PhilHealth)Service Office."

JANUARY 2, 2012
PhilHealth's New Engagement Process for Accrediting Hospitals
The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) is improving the way it engages with health care providers such as hospitals.
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PhilHealth's New Engagement Process for Accrediting Hospitals January 2, 2012

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) is improving the way it engages with health care providers such as hospitals. PhilHealth President and CEO Dr. Eduardo P. Banzon reported that upon completion of all necessary consultations, staff work and publication of the necessary policy circular from PhilHealth early this month, all hospitals licensed by the Department of Health (DOH) shall be deemed accredited by PhilHealth as Centers of Safety and shall no longer be subjected to pre-accreditation surveys. Consequently, these hospitals will need to sign a "Performance Commitment Contract" with PhilHealth in order to become part of the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP) and receive reimbursements. This performance commitment contract allows PhilHealth to improve the quality of services by stipulating the terms and conditions of the engagement, adopting international standards for accreditation and giving incentives to providers demonstrating good performance. Hospitals aiming for higher accreditation awards, i.e., Center of Quality and Center of Excellence, shall still undergo pre-accreditation surveys and sign the performance commitment contract with PhilHealth. "We need to change the way we engage and do business with providers in order to achieve positive reforms in line with achieving Universal Health Care. One way is to separate accreditation with contracting of provider services. In the Philippines , these two processes are currently merged. This engagement limits the number of providers that are accredited and consequently limits access to quality health services by our members. Elsewhere in the world, these two are separate and distinct from each other," the PhilHealth Chief stressed. "By separating the two, we can eventually attach incentives such as higher reimbursement rates for providers meeting performance targets and accredit as many facilities to give more options to our members," Banzon stated. Accreditation is defined in the Benchbook as the process of verification of the qualification and capabilities of health care providers prior to granting of privilege of participation in the NHIP to ensure that the health care services they are to render have the desired and expected quality.

PHIC Circular 21 -2011
Amendments on Circular 11 Case Rates for selected medical cases..
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PHIC Circular 14 -2011
Implementation of Claims Eligibilty Web Services (CEWS)
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PHIC Circular 11 -2011
New Philhealth Case Rates form selected medical cases...
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