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PhilHealth extends dialysis coverage from 90 to 144 sessions this year

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu — Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) is increasing its coverage for outpatients undergoing hemodialysis from 90 to a maximum of 144 sessions this year. Under Circular 2022-0017 that was published on August 3 and which took effect immediately, “PhilHealth members and their dependents with chronic kidney disease stage 5 (CKD) who are […] The post PhilHealth extends dialysis coverage from 90 to 144 sessions this year appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerAug 5th, 2022

PhilHealth expands dialysis coverage to 144 sessions

MANILA, Philippines — Dialysis patients will now have more dialysis sessions after Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) expanded the coverage from only 90 sessions to 144 sessions. In a recent circular dated Feb. 17 but released recently, PhilHealth said the expanded benefits apply to PhilHealth members and their dependents diagnosed with chronic kidney disease stage […] The post PhilHealth expands dialysis coverage to 144 sessions appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 4th, 2021

House panel to probe PhilHealth anomalies Wednesday

The House Committee on Public Accounts is investigating the alleged irregularities and “systemic” corruption in the State-owned Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) on Wednesday. (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Anakalusugan partylist Rep. MIchael “Mike” Defensor, chairman of the panel, said the investigation was initially scheduled on Monday but they decided to reschedule it to Wednesday to ensure that invitations have been sent out to resource persons. “Sa Wednesday tayo (We will conduct the hearing on Wednesday), kasi dapat nga bukas talaga itong hearing (the hearing was initially scheduled tomorrow) pero (but) nakiusap sila (they appealed) na Wednesday na isagawa (that it be conducted on Wednesday) dahil sa kailangan ng oras sa imbitasyon (because more time is needed to send out invitations),” Defensor said. He said among those who are expected to attend the hearing are PhilHealth president and chief executive officer Ricardo Morales and former PhilHealth anti-fraud legal officer Thorrsson Keith who claimed that top agency officials are involved in the corruption. In a statement, Defensor said they are expecting Keith to shed light more on his allegations that millions of overseas Filipino workers should not be burdened to pay for the “spillages” of the agency as stated in his resignation letter. “Mr. Keith should explain what these spillages are, what are the instances of corruption in the State health insurance firm, and who are the officials and personnel involved,” he said. Keith’s resignation letter was circulated on social media. In that letter, he stated that his salary has not been given on time since he started investigating PhilHealth officers allegedly involved in the corruption. “It should be noted that the PhilHealth has had its share of corruption issues in the past,” Defensor said He recalled that in June this year, Malacañang called out the PhilHealth for its supposed inaction to look into the missing P154-billion funds within the agency through “fraudulent schemes.” The House leader cited that in August 2019, the Commission on Audit (CoA) also called out PhilHealth for the surge in the number of cases and reimbursement claims of members, particularly those from Rizal and Metro Manila for pneumonia, urinary tract infection, acute gastroenteritis, sepsis, and other diseases. He attributed that tens of billion in “overpayments” to the prevailing all-case rates (ACR) payment mechanism. “The case-rate system, under which there is a fixed cost for the treatment of certain diseases and for procedures, is really a loophole that is resulting in billions of losses on the part of PhilHealth. It is not surprising that it maybe a source of corruption,” he said. According to him, under the ACR payment mechanism, PhilHealth pays the hospital the “case rate even if the cost incurred by a member is much, much less.” “For instance, the case package for mild pneumonia is about P44,000. A hospital could declare that it treated a PhilHealth member for pneumonia even if he had only colds and fever,” he said. He laments that in some instances, a simple eye procedure was claimed as a cataract operation. Defensor said the PhilHealth should bill the actual cost of treatment or procedure, and that the case rates be declared as cost limits. He asked the PhilHealth officials to look into numerous claims for payment or reimbursement for the same or similar diseases or procedures, and involving the same doctors, clinics, or hospitals. “This has happened with pneumonia, eye problems, and dialysis and kidney ailments. They should have learned their lesson. It cannot continue to happen, unless some officials and personnel are involved in corruption,” he said. Defensor had filed House Resolution No. 1069 seeking motu proprio investigation on the corruption issues hounding PhilHealth that led to the resignation of several personalities. “When there seems to be a pattern of alleged abuses where loopholes can be taken advantage of by the unscrupulous, a systemic change needs to be done to overhaul the present set up,” he said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

ASEAN-9 Summit Includes Plea for Peace in South China Sea

Phnom Penh - Foreign ministers of nine Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members wrapped up their annual summit Saturday with a plea for peace in the South China Sea, warnings to Myanmar's junta and plans to bolster COVID-19-injured economies.Prak Sokhonn, the Cambodian foreign minister and host of this year's summit, was blunt in his assessment of the weeklong meetings, describing the sessions as f.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsAug 7th, 2022

Antique PWDs thank gov t for PhilHealth coverage

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique - Persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Antique are thankful for their membership coverage in the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), saying it spares them from worrying about hospital bills."We are now encouraging our PWD members to really tak.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 24th, 2022

Milan extends Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract by one year

The Italian football club, AC Milan, announced, on Monday, the extension of the contract of Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for another year. In an official.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 19th, 2022

PhilHealth-9 bares increase in claims for dengue coverage

ZAMBOANGA CITY - The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation-Zamboanga Peninsula (PhilHealth-9) has recorded an increase in claims for their dengue coverage here.Dr. Jacobo Maria Mendoza, the PhilHealth-9 benefits administration section head, said Tuesday 466 availed of the dengue package f.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 7th, 2022

Hospitals group: Over P86 billion in claims not received from PhilHealth

Hospitals in the country have not received over P86 billion in claims from the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. from January 2020 to June 30 this year, the Philippine Hospital Association told a House inquiry......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 17th, 2021

Davao City extends liquor ban, curfew until end of 2021

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 02 August)— The 24/7 liquor ban and curfew hours from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. here will stay until the end of this year. This after Mayor Sara Duterte released Executive Order 37 on Monday, extending the curfew and liquor ban “to regulate some activities that can contribute to local transmission” […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 6th, 2021

BSP extends zero spread on rediscounting loans

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has extended the zero spread on its peso rediscount loans until the end of the year to allow banks to tap the facility to meet their temporary liquidity needs amid the pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 1st, 2021

LTO extends validity of driver’s licenses

The Land Transportation Office has extended until Sept. 30 the validity of student permits and driver’s licenses that expired during the enhanced community quarantine this year......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 7th, 2021

Airline extends assistance to Philippine eagle

Cebu Pacific agreed to adopt 19-year-old Mindanao for another year. The captive-bred predator, now officially retired from breeding, will pivot to his new role as conservation education ambassador as soon as he is trained to fly on cue. Mindanao, one of the male birds at the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao, Mindanao is among the […] The post Airline extends assistance to Philippine eagle appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 12th, 2021

Hannah Precillas: Perfectionist

Hannah Precillas is a perfectionist. The 24-year-old singer and GMA talent discussed the kind of work she did in recording her four-track EP, Hannah Precillas Sessions, which was released on 25 May. At a virtual media conference, Hannah said that she was totally focused on making sure the recording was of good quality: “Lumabas yung […] The post Hannah Precillas: Perfectionist appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 12th, 2021

NEA extends P225 million loans to power cooperatives

State-run National Electrification Administration has released nearly half of its target loan releases to electric cooperatives in the first four months of the year......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2021

Pru Life extends free accident, COVID-19 insurance coverage

Pru Life UK said it would continue to offer free insurance coverage for death and disability resulting from accident and COVID-19 on a limited basis......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 9th, 2021

PhilHealth revising coverage policies for COVID-19, other cases

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) assured the public that policies in line with the COVID-19 pandemic are being reviewed, after complaints that patients’ stay in emergency rooms and makeshift tents are not being covered. “Be it COVID-19 or not, patients should be afforded with all the financial help as guaranteed by […] The post PhilHealth revising coverage policies for COVID-19, other cases appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2021

PhilGuarantee to expand MSME guarantee portfolio to P4 billion

State-run Philippine Guarantee Corp. will increase its guarantee coverage to micro, small, and medium enterprises to P4 billion this year to encourage banks to step up lending to smaller businesses recovering from the financial impact of the pandemic......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2021

Go visits Isabela, extends assistance to typhoon victims

Sen. Bong Go returned to Ilagan City, Isabela last Tuesday to survey the remaining damage from last year’s typhoon and assess the resources needed for the province’s full recovery......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 19th, 2021

Corrupt agencies should not be rewarded

After the public outrage over the revelation last year of big-time corruption in the management of its finances, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) cannot have been unprepared for the widespread opposition to the implementation of the member-contribution increases authorized by the Universal Health Care Act, which established the national health care insurance institution......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 18th, 2021

DOH-7 extends measles, polio vaccination period

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) has extended the inoculation schedule to protect children against measles and polio. In an advisory released on March 2, 2021, DOH-7 announced that ‘Chikiting Ligtas’, the country’s program aimed to address low immunization coverage, will continue until Sunday, March 7. “Extended hangtod sa […] The post DOH-7 extends measles, polio vaccination period appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2021

Año extends medical leave

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, who contracted COVID-19 twice last year, has further extended his leave, an official of the Department of the Interior and Local Government said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 1st, 2021