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Brave hospitals, rising to the challenge of Obamacare

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 6:00 AM
Acts of bravery take place in hospitals every day, when staff must communicate information about life-threatening illnesses or help grieving family members respect a patient’s end-of-life wishes. But the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is also challenging hospitals to be organizationally... Read more

Who needs the Medicaid expansion? It could be the next person you meet

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 6:00 AM
A new report released by the Pennsylvania Health Access Network and FamiliesUSA found that of all the people who would be covered if Pennsylvania expanded Medicaid, roughly 60% of them – 285,000 people – are active in the workforce. They are the people who help us every day. Their work... Read more

The other health care revolution: accountability

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 4:55 PM
Not since the advent of Medicare in the 1960s has our nation’s health care undergone the kind of sweeping transformation we’re seeing today. While the Affordable Care Act and the millions of people who are newly insured are grabbing most of the headlines, there is another important story... 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

When Is Enough Enough? Why Should There Be Religious Exemptions From Healthcare Laws?

Monday, July 28, 2014, 6:00 AM
In Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby, the United States Supreme Court affirmed the principle that a for-profit corporation owned by people with strong religious beliefs can impose its religious beliefs on its employees, ignoring their employees’ own religious beliefs, as well as the employee’s health... 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

Young invincibles? Who needs them?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 6:00 AM
“The success of Obamacare always rested on getting enough ‘young invincibles’ to enroll in exchanges.” This sentiment, shared by both ACA critics and advocates alike, was restated by Scott Gottlieb in a Forbes opinion piece, noting that recent data (reported in the Wall Street... Read more

Is it time to give the boot to employer-based health insurance?

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 6:00 AM
The Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case raises the question of whether it’s time to get employers out of the business of providing health benefits. Consider this: the Supreme Court ruling shines the light on deeply conflicting views that Americans hold about their employers’... 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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