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Robert I. Field

Who can see your medical records? It might be almost anyone

Monday, September 15, 2014, 6:00 AM
Is your medical information safe from prying eyes? Maybe not as safe as you would like to think. A clinical laboratory reported this week that test results for over 7,000 patients had been accessible to the public for almost three years through Google searches. For some patients, the information included... Read more

Is Obamacare killing jobs? Recent studies suggest it is not

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:00 AM
Critics warned that Obamacare would kill jobs. It would make insurance so expensive that employers would have to cut back on hiring. And smaller companies would shed employees to get below the 50-worker threshold for having to provide coverage. A recent study by the conservative-leaning American Action... Read more

Now for the good news – Medicare costs are falling

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:00 AM
Remember the dire warnings about Medicare? Its costs are growing at an unsustainable rate. They will drive up federal deficits for years to come. The program could become insolvent in a few years. As it turns out, Medicare may not be in such bad shape, after all. The Congressional Budget Office recently... Read more

The administration seeks middle ground on Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate, but opponents may not buy it

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 6:00 AM
The Supreme Court ruled in June that the government may not force closely held companies to cover contraceptives in their health plans over the religious objections of their owners. The plaintiffs in the case, Hobby Lobby Stores and two other closely held corporations, had challenged an Obamacare rule... Read more

Will you lose your employer coverage under Obamacare? Odds are you won’t

Monday, August 25, 2014, 6:00 AM
An often-heard concern about the Affordable Care Act is that is will cause people to lose the employer coverage they already have. A recent poll found widespread concern among Americans that their employer will drop coverage because of the law and force them to purchase it on an exchange. Early analyses... Read more

Obamacare without the government? We may see it soon

Friday, August 15, 2014, 6:00 AM
Is Obamacare without the government still Obamacare? The centerpiece of the law is the insurance exchanges run by the states and the federal government. They offer individual policies to everyone, regardless of health status. This has brought coverage to millions of people who had previously found... Read more

Health spending growth has slowed: does Obamacare deserve a victory lap?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 6:00 AM
The relentless rise in health care spending is slowing. In 2012, costs rose by only 3.7% compared to about 8% in the early 2000s. The slower spending growth caused health care’s share of the overall economy to take a slight but unusual dip from 17.3% to 17.2%. 2012 was the fourth consecutive... Read more

Obamacare’s Latest Outcome – It’s Been Great for Health Care Business

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 5:38 PM
If Obamacare is a government takeover of health care, you could hardly tell it from recent reports from the private health care sector. Much of it is booming. Among hospitals, the largest for-profit chain, HCA Holdings, Inc., raised its financial forecast last week to reflect a 6.6% drop in the number... Read more

Are Obamacare Subsidies on Federal Exchanges Illegal? Experts Weigh In

Friday, July 25, 2014, 1:11 PM
We asked the Field Clinic’s panel of experts for reactions to the two recent federal appeals court decisions on the legality of Obamacare subsidies for insurance purchased on the federal exchange. The District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled that that they are illegal (to read the full opinion... Read more

Two Federal Courts Just Made Obamacare’s Fate Even More Confusing

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 1:48 PM
If you live in New York, have a low income, and need health insurance, the federal government will help you pay for it. If you live in Pennsylvania, or one of 35 other states, it might not. That’s the upshot of today’s ruling on Obamacare by the federal Court of Appeals for the District... 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
Donald Schwarz, MD, MPH Deputy Mayor for Health & Opportunity and Health Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia
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
Krystyna Dereszowska A third-year law student concentrating in health at Drexel
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