Thursday, March 5, 2015

If the Supreme Court does not uphold Obamacare, thousands of Pennsylvanians will suffer needlessly

Monday, March 2, 2015, 6:00 AM
Last week, HHS released the latest enrollment numbers for the insurance marketplace. They show that 471,930 Pennsylvanians selected a plan in this past open enrollment period. Of them, 81% are getting financial help through the Affordable Care Act’s tax credit. More than two-thirds of enrolled... Read more

Philadelphia needs more behavioral health providers to bring care for body and mind together

Friday, February 27, 2015, 9:00 AM
How different are your mind and your body? For centuries, health care has treated them separately both in philosophy and practice. Physical ailments were considered different from mental ailments, and they were treated in different ways and by different kinds of practitioners. And just as important... Read more

Health news from around the Internet- stay informed with these must-reads

Friday, February 20, 2015, 9:50 AM
- Figuring Out If A Doctor Is In Your Network Can Be Perplexing (NPR, Shots: Health News from NPR) - You’ve been going to your doctor for years. But you’ve recently gotten a new health insurance plan. Why is it so hard to determine if you can still go to your favorite doctor? ... Read more

American sponsored universal health care. Just not for Americans.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 9:32 AM
Last week, President Obama submitted a draft of an authorization of use of military force (AUMF) to Congress to approve the continued use of military force to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The Administration contends that this AUMF is dissimilar to President Bush’s... Read more

I used to fear mad scientists. Now I fear mad anti-scientists

Monday, February 16, 2015, 6:29 AM
When, as a teenager, I first watched the groundbreaking Stanley Kubrick satire Dr. Strangelove, it scared the heck out of me. The final scene, when Dr. Strangelove’s Doomsday Machine sets off worldwide nuclear (brilliantly set to the pop tune “We’ll meet again” . . . some sunny... Read more

Governor Wolf is right: Scrapping Healthy PA will get more people covered

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 9:00 AM
Health insurance is complicated. When you’re struggling to make ends meet, that means not getting coverage. When Governor Corbett released his Healthy PA plan as an “alternative” to a traditional expansion of the Medicaid program, it was laced with complexity. His determination... Read more

Wolf’s Medicaid decision gives Pennsylvania a fresh health care start

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 2:30 PM
On Monday, Governor Tom Wolf announced his plan to begin the transition from Healthy PA to a traditional Medicaid Expansion, a decision that will eliminate the red tape, delays and benefit cuts that have frustrated patients and providers since Healthy PA's rocky start on January 1. From the perspective... Read more

A new Republicans health reform plan – is it for real?

Monday, February 9, 2015, 6:00 AM
"Repeal and replace" has been the battle cry of Republicans since Obamacare was passed. But while the repeal part is clear enough, the call to replace the law has been short on specifics. Last week, three GOP members of Congress set out to change that by offering elements of an alternative plan. The... Read more

Another month, another legal challenge to Obamacare

Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 6:00 AM
Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request to hear a case brought by two medical organizations challenging the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act. In this case, the challengers, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) and the Alliance for Natural Health USA... Read more

Another Obamacare innovation: Medicare payments that reward quality, efficiency

Monday, February 2, 2015, 6:00 AM
This week, the Department of Health and Human Services, the federal agency overseeing the massive Medicare program, announced a significant change in the way it pays doctors and hospitals. The goal is to tie most payments (85 percent in 2016 and 90 percent in 2018) to the quality and value of care... Read more
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Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Professor, School of Law & Drexel School of Public Health
Jeffrey Brenner, MD Founder of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, Medical Director of the Urban Health Institute at Cooper University Healthcare
Andy Carter President & CEO, The Hospital & Healthsystem Assoc. of Pa.
Robert B. Doherty Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs & Public Policy American College of Physicians
David Grande, MD, MPA Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Tine Hansen-Turton Chief Strategy Officer of Public Health Management Corporation
Drew A. Harris, DPM, MPH Director of Health Policy Program at the Jefferson School of Population Health
Antoinette Kraus Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network
Laval Miller-Wilson Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Health Law Project
David B. Nash, MD, MBA Founding Dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health
Mark V. Pauly, Ph.D. Professor of Health Care Management, Business Economics and Public Policy at The Wharton School
Howard J. Peterson, MHA Managing Partner of TRG Healthcare, a national healthcare consulting firm
Paula L. Stillman, MD, MBA Healthcare consultant with special expertise in population health and disease management
Elizabeth A. W. Williams Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer for Independence Blue Cross
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