Saturday, December 20, 2014

Why we should all care about Obamacare

Monday, October 20, 2014, 4:00 AM
Despite all the media attention, most of us are only bystanders to the activities surrounding “Obamacare.” That’s because most of us still get our health insurance through our employers. The ACA focused on stabilizing the individual market and making coverage more affordable for... Read more

Open enrollment in the year 2020

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:00 AM
During this open enrollment season, working families receive in the mail a set of instructions enabling them to select their health insurance carrier and make some important family decisions regarding anticipated spending for healthcare services in the coming year. I’d like to make some predictions... Read more

Obamacare round 2: Expect improvement not perfection

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 8:51 AM
Regardless of your political position, in October of last year it was clear that was not working the way it should have. The federally facilitated marketplace website made signing up for health insurance difficult, denied coverage for many who should have been eligible, and repeatedly... Read more

Ebola arrives on U.S. soil, but don't blame the CDC

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:00 AM
This week brings the sad news that the first person in the US diagnosed with Ebola has died. While the details of this tragedy have yet to be sorted out, let’s focus on one aspect of the case that is getting much coverage in the news. Why was Thomas Eric Duncan allowed to enter the country?... Read more

People do what you incent them to do

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:00 AM
The U.S. spends almost twice as much per capita on healthcare as the average developed country. Healthcare spending is 17 percent of our nation’s economy and is expected to rise sharply. Other countries typically spend between 9-10%. We have a health care spending problem. It threatens the economic... Read more

Preparing for Obamacare’s next open enrollment — five things you should know

Monday, October 6, 2014, 6:00 AM
Open enrollment for buying or changing plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace begins November 15, 2014, and runs through February 15, 2015. During this time, the health plans offered on the Marketplace are “open” and accepting new people. Uninsured people and others who did not use the... Read more

Know your Obamacare –recommended readings from the blogosphere

Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:00 AM
Health care news and commentary abounds on the Internet. Here is a sample of some recent blog posts and stories that are particularly intriguing, informative, and enlightening. - Obamacare’s impact on individuals of Hispanic or Latino origin: The Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance... Read more

Proceed with caution: Corbett’s Medicaid plan risks severe side effects

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:00 AM
The Corbett Administration continues to paint a rosy picture of its alternative Medicaid expansion plan, Healthy PA, and of what it will mean for those it will cover. The administration promises that the plan – which will radically reduce the benefits of 1.2 million adult enrollees – will... Read more

There’s nothing like health care costs to make you really mad

Monday, September 29, 2014, 6:00 AM
Want to get really angry? Think about being the patient in one of these scenarios. Consumer Reports recently described the travails of a heart transplant patient who carefully selected a hospital that participated in her health plan’s network to make sure the expensive operation would be fully... Read more

Killing Obamacare in pieces

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 6:00 AM
Opponents of the Affordable Care Act have started calling for drastic revision of the Act, rather than outright repeal. A prime example is an August report published by the conservative-leaning Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. The report, entitled “Transcending Obamacare: A Patient-Centered... 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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