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Health care food for thought for Thanksgiving: must-reads from around the Internet

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:00 AM
Health care news and commentary abounds on the Internet. Here is a sample of some recent stories and blog posts that are particularly intriguing, informative, and enlightening. 6 Pitfalls To Avoid When Picking Insurance On The Job (NPR, Shots: Health News from NPR) Are you getting your insurance... Read more

How to deal with (and avoid) an unexpected hospital bill

Monday, November 24, 2014, 6:00 AM
Everyone is trying to cut down on health care spending—consumers, employers who offer health benefits, insurers, and the federal government. As a result, new kinds of health insurance plans are being developed. Some have low monthly premiums but high deductibles and co-pays. Some plans offer... Read more

Gruber me a Bronze plan

Friday, November 21, 2014, 11:23 AM
Jonathan Gruber, the now infamous professor from MIT, famously said at a Wharton academic conference that the lack of transparency and the stupidity of the American people were essential to passing Obamacare. Such is the origin of the Bronze plan. The key feature of the Bronze plan is its low premium... Read more

Should lower income people be allowed to buy cheap health plans?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:00 AM
The Affordable Care Act provides generous subsidies to lower income people to help them, well, afford to buy health insurance. The primary effect of the subsidies is to lower premiums for policies bought on the insurance exchanges, although people with very low incomes (below 250% of the federal poverty... Read more

Patient, beware of your Medicare hospital bill – you could be in for some unpleasant surprises

Monday, November 17, 2014, 6:00 AM
On the surface, it seems so simple. You get treatment in a hospital, Medicare gets the bill, and the hospital gets paid. But the rules for Medicare billing and payment are anything but straightforward. In order for Medicare to pay for an inpatient stay, the stay must last for at least two days (each... Read more

Obamacare open enrollment goes live tomorrow – what to expect when you shop

Friday, November 14, 2014, 8:54 AM
For one month starting tomorrow, you can return to the federal website (or a state exchange website, if your state has one) to buy a health insurance plan for next year. What can you expect to find, if you do? The biggest question on everyone’s mind is whether the federal website... Read more

No, the doctor will not see your mother now

Monday, November 10, 2014, 6:00 AM
Imagine that your elderly mother who is enrolled in Medicare wakes up sick with a high fever, muscle aches, and coughing fits. After some convincing, she agrees to be admitted to the hospital. Once there, the physician diagnoses her with pneumonia and prescribes an antibiotic. After about a week on... Read more

Obamacare headed for Supreme Court round 3: law and politics collide again

Friday, November 7, 2014, 5:01 PM
Obamacare is headed back to the Supreme Court yet again. The justices decided on Friday to hear a case claiming that the law’s subsidies for low-income shoppers on the insurance exchanges should not be available in the 37 states that use the federal exchange – There is... Read more

Chat: Future of the health care law after mid-term elections

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 8:00 AM
Experts from the Field Clinic blog will discuss the future of the health care law after the mid-term election at Drexel's Thomas R. Kline School of Law on Thursday, November 6 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am. The panel will include Wharton Professor Mark Pauly, former Temple Health System vice president... Read more

An open letter to Governor-Elect Tom Wolf: A 'fresh start' on health care starts with rejecting Corbett’s Healthy PA plan

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 11:24 AM
Tom Wolf made history this week, as the first challenger to defeat an incumbent Pennsylvania Governor seeking a second term. Promising a “fresh start” for Pennsylvania, Wolf picked up 55% of the vote to Corbett’s 45. That means a clear majority of Pennsylvania voters think it’s... 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
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