Saturday, March 28, 2015

Robert I. Field

Angelina Jolie has shown us again how important Obamacare can be

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 6:00 AM
Angelina Jolie published an update this week on her medical condition. In 2013, she revealed that she had undergone a double mastectomy after learning that she carried a genetic mutation that significantly increases the risk of breast cancer. (A Field Clinic post on that revelation is available by... Read more

The view from the Obamacare trenches – perspectives of a health insurance navigator

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 10:13 AM
One of the most visible, and arguably impactful, aspects of Obamacare has been the establishment of health insurance marketplaces through which individuals can purchase coverage. While their future may be uncertain as we await a Supreme Court ruling on subsidies for low-income purchasers, their importance... Read more

Expert reaction to Obamacare in the Supreme Court round 3: turmoil for health insurance or opportunity for Congressional compromise?

Monday, March 9, 2015, 6:00 AM
For Obamacare supporters, it was déjà vu all over again. Another challenge in the Supreme Court with potentially fatal consequences for the law, and the outcome very much in doubt. The law narrowly survived the first challenge in 2012, when Chief Justice John Roberts cast the deciding... 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

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

The secret to getting doctors to see more Medicaid patients - pay them

Monday, January 26, 2015, 9:00 AM
For all its difficulties, Medicaid, the public insurance program for the poor, provides great coverage. In most states, it covers almost any health care service you may need. But there can be one big catch – you have to find a doctor who accepts it. Almost every hospital accepts Medicaid. Nonprofit... Read more

Open wide – your health information can even leak out from your dentist

Friday, January 23, 2015, 6:00 AM
It’s in the news almost every week. Unauthorized users access electronic health records, laptops and passwords are stolen, and physicians accidentally send emails with private health information to the wrong recipient. High tech breaches of medical privacy are becoming commonplace. However... Read more

Separating health care myth from fact – helpful resources from the blogosphere

Thursday, January 15, 2015, 6:00 AM
The Web is filled with valuable information for staying informed about health care and ahead of the all-too-prevalent myths, if you know where to find it. Here are some of the most intriguing and informative articles from around the Internet. The Doctor Who Championed Hand-Washing And Briefly Saved... 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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