Saturday, October 10, 2015

U.S. internal medicine doctors: mass deportation would be bad news for the country’s health

Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 6:00 AM
As politicians rush to one-up each other on who would be toughest on the 12 million people who reside in the U.S. without legal residency documentation (“illegal immigrants”), the idea of mass deportation has become the flavor of the day, championed by Donald Trump and supported to varying... Read more

Health information exchange: answers to common questions and concerns

Friday, August 28, 2015, 9:00 AM
In an age of smartphones, tablets, apps, social media, and e-commerce, we expect maximum convenience, information flow, and efficiency on a daily basis—while at the same time expecting that our privacy will be protected. When it comes to information about our health care, statewide health information... Read more

Bureaucracy can save lives – the legacy of Dr. Frances Kelsey

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 6:00 AM
What adjective would most people associate with the word “bureaucrat”? For many, it would be “inefficient,” “inept,” or “incompetent.” But another that is just as descriptive is “lifesaving.” Dr. Frances Kelsey, who died this month at the... Read more

What do we really want from our health care?

Friday, August 21, 2015, 12:23 PM
A recent survey conducted by the Advisory Board Company, a health care consultant group, asked 4,000 people to prioritize the factors that would matter most if they had to get care for a simple illness like the flu. Somewhat surprisingly, most respondents didn’t mention many of the things that... Read more

Chief Justice Roberts' flawed reasoning

Monday, August 17, 2015, 6:00 AM
On June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court once again saved the Affordable Care Act by upholding subsidies for citizens in the 34 states where the federal government operates the insurance exchange. Speaking for the majority, Chief Justice Roberts wrote, "Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve... Read more

Health information exchange: the key to better care

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 11:01 AM
Imagine the following scenario: It’s 3:00am, and you’re in a serious automobile accident. You arrive at the local trauma center—alone, unconscious, and in critical condition. During the “golden hour” after the accident, the trauma staff want to assure you aren’t... Read more

The state budget impasse puts the health of our economy and our most vulnerable citizens at risk

Friday, August 7, 2015, 6:00 AM
At some point in our lives, most of us learn the “penny wise, pound foolish” lesson. And usually, for those of us who are stubborn, we learn the hard way. We put off dealing with that rattle in the car, we push roof repairs to the next season, or we opt for “quick fixes” that... Read more

The 2015 GOP Debate: No surprises to answers on health care

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 3:35 PM
Ten Republican Presidential candidates appeared in the primetime debate on August 6: Senator Marco Rubio from Florida, Senator Ted Cruz from Texas, Former Governor Jeb Bush from Florida, Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky, Governor Chris Christie from New Jersey, Governor Scott Walker from Wisconsin,... Read more

At the intersection of social ills and personal health: hospital readmission fines

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 6:00 AM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has documented that social factors, like income, education, and family, have a big impact on health. Some experts estimate that these factors account for as much as 40 percent of our health. Hospitals experience this reality every day when they... Read more

Your hospital could make you sick – learn how to stay safe before you go

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 6:00 AM
Consumer Reports magazine recently released ratings of infection rates at more than 3,000 hospitals in the United States. Only nine of them did well. There were an estimated 722,000 healthcare-associated infections in 2011,according to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC), leading... 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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