Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Taking the glamour out of guns will save lives

Monday, October 12, 2015, 6:00 AM
The mass shooting at Umpqua Community College is just the latest in a seemingly unending litany of horror. The depressing frequency of these horrific events was noted by President Obama and has dominated media coverage and commentary. The responses are rote. One side reissues calls for more gun regulation... Read more

The surgery was successful but the patient died – make sure this isn’t you

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:00 AM
“The surgery was successful but the patient died.” Those are words no one wants to hear. Yet, each year in United States, there are 1.7 million health care associated infections (HAIs) of which surgical site infections are the most common, accounting for 31 percent. Many of these infections... Read more

A simple proposition to give veterans the health care they deserve

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 6:00 AM
Two sets of facts have converged to create a remarkable opportunity to improve the economics and quality of healthcare in the United States. Fact 1: The Veterans Administration (VA) System has failed to meet the promise made to our veterans in need of healthcare services. This problem is not new: ... Read more

Hold onto your wallet: Surprise medical bills and what to do about them

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 9:35 AM
The Pennsylvania Insurance Department is holding a hearing on October 1 to consider the plight of patients who receive surprise medical bills. Those are bills for services the patient thought were covered by insurance but are not. Consumer advocate Antoinette Kraus and Hospital and Healthsystem Association... Read more

Get ready for 'Trumpcare'

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 9:00 AM
Guess who supports universal health coverage? “Everybody’s got to be covered,” declared Donald Trump in an interview Sunday night on CBS’s 60 minutes. The Donald, always full of surprises, promised, “I am going to take care of everybody. I don't care if it costs me votes... Read more

An exciting new cholesterol drug is way overpriced - why that might be good news for insurers

Friday, September 25, 2015, 11:47 AM
Praluent, a new cholesterol-lowering drug for people who need more than a statin, has been priced at about $40 a day by its suppliers, Regeneron and Sanofi. This compares to about $8 a day for Crestor, the most recent statin on the market, and pennies a day for generics. The introduction of a blockbuster... Read more

Square pegs don’t fit in round holes – health care has a lot to teach public education

Friday, September 25, 2015, 12:01 PM
Over the past few weeks, I have found myself having surreal conversations with top government education leaders about how to promote innovation. They claim there is no room for innovative “square peg” funding models that don’t fit into the “round hole” of traditional education... Read more

Poor physician behavior – is it malpractice?

Thursday, September 17, 2015, 6:00 AM
A close friend of mine who is a physician has severe low back pain. She has multiple anatomical abnormalities in her back and her pain is disabling. Her treatment has consisted of injections of steroids and pain killers, but they have offered only temporary pain relief. My friend’s primary care... Read more

What do health insurance mergers mean for you?

Monday, September 14, 2015, 6:00 AM
America’s biggest health insurance companies are about to become bigger. In recent months, Anthem announced plans to buy Cigna, and Aetna announced a deal to acquire Humana. That will leave only three major national companies. Will less competition lead to higher prices? Will it mean lower quality... Read more

Happy 50th birthday to Medicare’s essential partner - Medicaid

Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6:00 AM
This summer marks the 50th anniversary of a monumental change for our country: President Lyndon Baines Johnson signing into law the bill that created Medicare and Medicaid. While there has been much publicity over the past several months about this milestone for Medicare and its positive impact on... 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 College 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 College 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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