PhilHealth issues new policy on claims for 3 diseases

Written by Romblon News

The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) no longer requires the length of stay in hospital as basis for reimbursing claims for pneumonia, acute gastroenteritis, and urinary tract infection (UTI).

Circular No. 2017-0028, signed by Dr. Celestina dela Serna, PhilHealth interim officer-in-charge president and CEO, stated that such claims will instead be subjected to pre-payment medical review, or the review of claims to determine admissibility prior to payment.

It said the policy also aims to encourage health care institutions that have the resources and capability to file appropriate claims when patients are managed in critical care when complications arise.

“This policy...

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Study identifies genetic causes of asthma, hay fever, eczema

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An Australian-led international study has pinpointed more than 100 genetic risk factors that explain why some people suffer from asthma, hay fever and eczema.

The study is touted as the first of its kind "designed specifically to find genetic risk factors that are shared among the three most common allergic conditions", according to a media release on science news portal Scimex on Tuesday.

"Asthma, hay fever and eczema are allergic diseases that affect different parts of the body: the lungs, the nose and the skin," the Brisbane-based QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute's Dr. Manuel Ferreira, who led the study, was...

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12 Ways to fight stress, according to DOH Psychologist

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Anyone knows who hasn’t been stressed? According to a psychologist of the Department of Health stress in itself is not bad. It’s part of life that we all go through.

"When it's emotional we tend to feel drained, and anxious and it can make us emotionally numb. when you get overwhelmed by something, your body tends to shut down," Dr. Randy Dellosa tells GMA News' Balitanghali on an interview.

When left untreated, stress can lead to depression, which is a harder illness to cure, oftentimes entailing therapy and medication. A person suffering depression may feel a loss of motivation, hatred...

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Mimaropa may not be polio-free: DOH

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The head of the Department of Health’s (DOH) office in Mimaropa said Tuesday his office continues to push for polio vaccination, especially in remote areas, as he doubted that the region is polio-free.

Mimaropa covers Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan.

"Maganda pa rin daw standing natin sa polio, wala na raw masyadong kaso, zero polio na raw tayo. But they have not seen all those areas sa bundok, yung mga islang maliliit. Nagugulat ako, may polio pa pala doon but they are not reporting it (It is said our standing in terms of the incidence...

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