Monday, August 31, 2015

Who has the most to lose from health insurance mergers?

Friday, July 31, 2015, 5:00 PM
In recent weeks, two sets of already huge health insurers—Aetna and Humana, Cigna and Anthem—have announced plans to combine. And more mergers may be in the works. Should the rest of us fear being trampled when these behemoths connect? The answer to that question, as with almost all questions... Read more

Medicare turns 50 – top health officials reflect on its past and future

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 6:00 AM
Today, July 30th, is the 50th anniversary of the day President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law. Since its enactment in 1965, the program has changed the course of American health care. Two former high-ranking government health officials, an adviser in the Reagan administration and a health... Read more

Hospitals across the country are off on a building spree

Friday, July 24, 2015, 6:00 AM
American hospitals are big business, and many of them are about to get much bigger. As reported by Modern Healthcare magazine, across the country, a hospital building boom is underway. Construction projects are sprouting up all over. OhioHealth, a hospital system based in Columbus, opened a new $300... Read more

Medicare at age 50 shows how popular and effective a government program can be

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 6:00 AM
July 30 is the 50th anniversary of the day President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law. For most Americans, that is cause for celebration. But it took awhile for Medicare to win over Americans’ hearts. The idea of government health care coverage for the elderly and disabled was extremely... Read more

Is my surgeon any good? Now you can find out

Monday, July 20, 2015, 6:00 AM
Surgery is a scary proposition. A lot can go wrong, and the consequences can be disastrous. Surgical outcomes depend in large part on the quality of the surgeon, and quality can vary greatly. Some surgeons consistently avoid bad outcomes, while others have high rates of complications. Now, there... Read more

Pennsylvania must make it easier for providers to join Medicaid

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 6:00 AM
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the most significant piece of healthcare legislation in a generation. Its central role was reinforced by the Supreme Court’s decision last month to uphold subsidies on the federal insurance exchange. Equally important is Governor Tom Wolf’s commitment to... Read more

Death panels are back – just ask Sarah Palin

Monday, July 13, 2015, 6:00 AM
Remember death panels? Obamacare opponents claimed that the law would create them to make life or death judgments about frail elderly patients. Where did the opponents find these sinister bodies in the thousands of pages that comprised the Affordable Care Act? In a provision that would have permitted... Read more

Sharing is caring, especially when it comes to exchanging useful health information

Friday, July 10, 2015, 11:56 AM
Patients today are demanding that their physicians communicate quickly and effectively with each other. They expect referrals to be sent electronically and their medical history and personal data to be at their physicians’ fingertips. Ideally, these communications would flow through one easy-to-access... Read more

Beyond Obamacare - health care news from around the Internet

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 9:00 AM
What else has been happening recently in health care policy besides the King v. Burwell ruling? Below are links to a few recent articles of interest along with some thoughts on an underlying theme behind much of the recent news – the need to improve health care quality. J&J vaccine completely... Read more

Behavioral health parity equals opportunity

Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 9:00 AM
The Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell and the ongoing discussion on the Affordable Care Act has kept the spotlight on federal health insurance laws. But even with laws like the Affordable Care Act, states will still play a major role in health insurance law and policy. Some experts... 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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