Health Care

A Conversation With: Arielle Weidner

Arielle Weidner, 31, joined ConnectCare3, a service offered to members of Benecon’s self-funded health benefits consortiums and cooperatives, last year as senior director of client wellness and consulting and recently transitioned into her current role.

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Guest view: A win for health care over big tobacco is at risk

A lot has changed since 1998, the year that Pennsylvania and 45 states stood up to big tobacco and helped create the Tobacco Settlement Fund, or TSF. Since Pennsylvania hospitals first began receiving money from the fund, it has been used to bolster health care in that state in a variety of ways. Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget plan kept the TSF whole, but The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania is concerned that this year some lawmakers want to use TSF funds to instead pay state debt.

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Guest view: Health and wellness communications can be engaging

A strong wellness program can be a differentiator for recruitment, reduce the cost of health care benefits and help build a team atmosphere based around healthy choices. However, communicating the benefits and program elements of a wellness initiative can be hard to navigate. Human resources and corporate leadership need to walk a fine line – avoiding sounding paternal, moralistic or even too personal while empowering employees and spurring participation.

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Sally Crowe of Shaffer’s Health Center restocks a display of CBD oil products for sale in the Allentown Farmers market shop. PHOTO/STACY WESCOE

CBD oil is hot. But will it burn out?

Cannabidiol Oil – or CBD oil as it is commonly called – is hot right now. People are buying it, selling it and investing in it. CBD oil is made from oil in the seeds of hemp plants – whose cultivation was legalized under the 2018 federal farm bill, making the development of CBD-based products easier ...

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Guest view: Proposed tax could harm specialty surgical centers

In his budget address, Gov. Tom Wolf stated to applause, “This proposal asks for no new taxes. Not one dime. Not one penny.” Yet, as the General Assembly combs through the governor’s proposal, we find that there are, in fact, tax increases. One specific tax being proposed by the administration is a “double tax” on ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) like the ones in my district. 

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