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What does the VA scandal say about Obamacare?

Monday, June 2, 2014, 6:00 AM
Some conservatives suggest that the burgeoning scandal about some VA hospitals allegedly cooking the books to make it appear that veterans were getting timely appointments—even as some died while waiting for months to see a VA doctor—is evidence of what the public should expect from the... Read more

Can Obamacare's Narrow Networks Really Be Good for Patients?

Thursday, May 29, 2014, 12:10 PM
Could so called “narrow networks” be good for your health? As insurers look to hold down premiums one strategy they are using is to limit the number of choices patients have for doctors and hospitals. Cost is lower because insurers can negotiate lower prices and direct patients to doctors... Read more

Philadelphia leads in health care once again as medical homes transform primary care

Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 6:00 AM
Years ago, when Dr. Allan Crimm saw a patient, the Philadelphia primary care physician often had to focus on the patient's immediate needs during a 15 or 20-minute appointment. After that, it was up to the patient to follow through on Dr. Crimm’s advice – to take the medicine he prescribed... Read more

Health Care Holds Lessons That Can Heal Education

Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 6:00 AM
America’s education system can learn a lot from health care. Our students might have a brighter future if we diagnosed and treated educational illnesses the way we diagnose medical ones - by using evidence-based methods. What are some symptoms of our educational illnesses? To start with, close... Read more

Narrow Networks in Obamacare Plans Could Lead to Better Provider Teamwork

Monday, May 19, 2014, 6:00 AM
The nation’s attention has been focused on Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) enrollment numbers. The two key questions are 1) How many of the uninsured would purchase health insurance, and more importantly, 2) have enough young people (read: healthy who don’t consume much health care)... Read more

Obamacare: Lingering uncertainty will prove costly in 2015

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 6:00 AM
Generally, markets in any industry do not like uncertainty and ambiguity. The general human reaction to vague circumstances is to protect against possible downsides. So it is with Obamacare. We are in a period of high uncertainty and ambiguity. This ambiguity will be further fueled by the political... Read more

Can Obamacare Save U.S. From Gap in Mental Health Care? Philadelphia Hospitals Counting on It

Monday, May 12, 2014, 6:00 AM
Many hospital leaders have shared with me a common scenario that demonstrates unfortunate gaps in the way we care for people with behavioral health conditions. All too often, people who struggle with these conditions, but who do not have insurance, turn in desperation to hospital emergency rooms when... Read more

Don’t Pay Too Much for Your Medical Records

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 6:00 AM
Do you want to see a copy of your hospital medical record? Many people do in order to check for errors, to better understand their care, to provide information to a new doctor, or for any number of other reasons. You have a legal right not only to see your record but also to obtain a copy of it under... Read more

Health reform saves lives – and now we have the data to prove it

Monday, May 5, 2014, 6:00 PM
At the heart of President Obama’s massive health reform law is an effort to make health insurance available to everyone. Coverage can no longer be denied to those who are sick and most in need of care. But will insurance alone make any actual difference in their health? Millions of Americans... Read more

House GOP Says Only 67% of Obamacare Policies Are Paid For – Philadelphia Data Tell a Different Story

Friday, May 2, 2014, 6:00 AM
How many people have really signed up for coverage under Obamacare? The administration says 8.1 million applied through the online exchanges. But a completed application doesn’t translate into coverage unless the first premium is paid. A committee of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives... Read more
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Robert 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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