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Luis Fábregas

Highmark CEO keeps eyes ahead

By Luis Fábregas
Soon after becoming CEO of Highmark Health in May, David Holmberg held an employee meeting where he announced plans to stop the negative ads against …

Highmark site causes confusion for some doctors’ patients

By Luis Fábregas
It’s no secret that Dr. Steve Shapiro is no fan of health insurance giant Highmark Inc. He appeared on one of those UPMC commercials that jammed the airwaves last year taking potshots at the insurer. Shapiro, UPMC’s chief medical and scientific …

Ear pain? Pay up to get medical advice in online service

By Luis Fábregas
All I wanted was to get rid of ear pain. It bothered me for two days and became so sharp at times that I tugged on my ear. A few doses of ibuprofen relieved the misery, but the pain roared …

Fabregas: UPMC smoking ban right maneuver

By Luis Fábregas
The smokers stood on the sidewalk along UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland, clearly ignoring the “smoke-free zone” signs. I walked by as they puffed away a few days ago, looking for a smoker in scrubs or a UPMC ID badge. To …

Fabregas: ALS videos tiresome, but effective as fundraiser

By Luis Fábregas
Tom Cruise, Bill Gates, Ben Affleck, Oprah Winfrey … George W. Bush? It’s hard to keep up with the names. In the past week, I’ve probably watched more than 100 videos of actors, athletes, musicians and politicians doing the ALS …

Fabregas: Robin Williams’ suicide brings depression to forefront

By Luis Fábregas
Something fascinating happened soon after the world found out Robin Williams died. As if on cue, fans and celebrities jumped on social media sites to share their grief and tell us how heartbroken they were. Some listed their favorite Williams …

Fabregas: Ebola fears that infect Americans unfounded

By Luis Fábregas
Unless you plan to vacation in West Africa, odds are almost nonexistent that you might contract Ebola in the United States. Yet it seems like the entire country is overly preoccupied with Ebola, a type of viral hemorrhagic fever raging …

Fabregas: Physicians embrace fist bump over handshake in hospital

By Luis Fábregas
Next time you’re in the hospital, don’t be surprised if your doctor doesn’t shake your hand. Even more, don’t be startled if your nurse, or any other hospital worker, tries to give you a fist bump. Yes, a hip and …

Allegheny Health Network’s first year shows promising direction

By Luis Fábregas
The adorable Prince George of Cambridge isn’t the only one celebrating a first birthday this month. Far removed from the British royalty, Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Health Network is turning 1, a significant milestone in a city that loves itself a health …

Fabregas: Bickering ‘couple’ at it again

By Luis Fábregas
Told you so. Did I not say last week that it was only a matter of time before UPMC and Highmark started bickering again like a divorced couple? Did I not cast doubt about the notion that UPMC and Highmark …

Fabregas: Highmark-UPMC deal feels like a divorce

By Luis Fábregas
Now that the exasperating feud between Highmark and UPMC appears to be ending, we can agree on something: We feel like children of divorced parents. We’re happy that our parents stopped fighting and saying unkind things about each other, but …