Wednesday, September 2, 2015

What the Supreme Court's ACA ruling really means

Friday, June 26, 2015, 4:32 PM
Field Clinic bloggers react to Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling upholding Affordable Care Act subsidies in all states: Ruling disregarded the facts We now know that the Roberts Court makes laws, it doesn’t interpret them. His writing on this decision echoes the prior ruling on penalties... Read more

Obamacare lives again

Thursday, June 25, 2015, 11:04 AM
Obamacare survived another brush with death before the Supreme Court today. The justices permitted the government to continue to give subsidies to those who purchase coverage on the federally run insurance exchange. (To read the full opinion, click here.) Had the Court ruled the other way, the law... Read more

Beyond King v. Burwell, Obamacare’s many layers can make health care better - with a little help

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 6:00 AM
As we wait for news on whether the US Supreme Court will deny health insurance subsidies to 6.4 million low-income Americans in 34 states because over-worked congressional staffers forgot to delete four words—“established by the state”—from the bill, let's discuss an unrelated... Read more

To solve our health care spending problem, we must first understand it

Monday, June 22, 2015, 6:34 AM
Our nation’s spending on health care is 17 percent of the gross domestic product, while other developed countries typically spend only 9-10 percent and achieve similar patient outcomes. We spend an estimated $2,600 more per capita on healthcare than the next most expensive nation, Norway.... Read more

Hospital charges are high—and largely irrelevant

Monday, June 15, 2015, 6:00 AM
I was disappointed to see headlines about high hospital charges dominating the media coverage of cost data released this month. The headlines attracted public attention. But they may distract us from a more important discussion about why we Americans spend so much on health care but are so unhealthy... Read more

Pennsylvania needs its own Obamacare exchange

Friday, June 12, 2015, 6:00 AM
Later this month, the Supreme Court will issue its ruling in King v. Burwell, a case that could have far-reaching effects on American health care. The Court will decide whether the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare) allows the government to provide subsidies for purchasing insurance... Read more

What does it cost to develop a drug and should we really care?

Friday, June 5, 2015, 6:00 AM
How much does it cost to develop a new drug? The Tufts Center for Drug Developing periodically produces estimates for drugs that actually make it to market. Predictably, those estimates consistently generate a storm of criticism that the methodology behind them is opaque, and that they are, nevertheless... Read more

A rational approach to health care delivery – let the best providers prevail

Monday, June 1, 2015, 6:00 AM
Today, most hospitals try to deliver every sophisticated medical service and procedure they can. In Philadelphia, we have at least seven hospitals that do heart transplants and many more doing liver, kidney and bone marrow transplants. That’s a lot of redundancy. A friend of mine was recently... Read more

The latest weapon in the fight against superbugs

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 9:00 AM
No, it’s not a new drug. It’s more policy. Antibiotic resistance is nothing new. The rogues gallery of superbugs continues to grow, with major concerns around antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Typhi, antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), multidrug-resistant... Read more

Health reform Chinese style

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 9:00 AM
Imagine a health care system in which hospitals make ends meet by selling drugs. They supplement their income from treating patients by providing medications at substantial mark-ups. Until now, drug sales have been a major source of revenue for county-level public hospitals in China. They mark up... 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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