Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The secret to getting doctors to see more Medicaid patients - pay them

Monday, January 26, 2015, 9:00 AM
For all its difficulties, Medicaid, the public insurance program for the poor, provides great coverage. In most states, it covers almost any health care service you may need. But there can be one big catch – you have to find a doctor who accepts it. Almost every hospital accepts Medicaid. Nonprofit... Read more

Open wide – your health information can even leak out from your dentist

Friday, January 23, 2015, 6:00 AM
It’s in the news almost every week. Unauthorized users access electronic health records, laptops and passwords are stolen, and physicians accidentally send emails with private health information to the wrong recipient. High tech breaches of medical privacy are becoming commonplace. However... Read more

Corbett’s sorry health care legacy

Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 9:00 AM
Governor Corbett will leave office today. Unfortunately for working Pennsylvanians, his vision for health care – more bureaucracy, higher costs, more complexity and fewer benefits – will remain. That is, unless incoming Governor Wolf sets about immediately to reverse course on Corbett’s... Read more

Separating health care myth from fact – helpful resources from the blogosphere

Thursday, January 15, 2015, 6:00 AM
The Web is filled with valuable information for staying informed about health care and ahead of the all-too-prevalent myths, if you know where to find it. Here are some of the most intriguing and informative articles from around the Internet. The Doctor Who Championed Hand-Washing And Briefly Saved... Read more

Obamacare is bringing boom times for health care business

Friday, January 9, 2015, 6:00 AM
Is Obamacare a government takeover of health care? To the contrary, it is one of the best friends private health care business ever had. A recent report from consulting firm Mark Farrah Associates shows the size of the opportunity the law has created for the health insurance industry. The market... Read more

Don’t let medical billers cheat you

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 6:00 AM
When it comes to medical billing, let the patient beware. The next time you receive a bill, check it carefully. The amount it says you owe may be more than it should be. Here are two examples involving people I know. A neighbor recently visited an orthopedist for a spinal injection. When I saw her... Read more

The year ahead in health care

Monday, January 5, 2015, 9:00 AM
What does 2015 hold in store for health care? The answer is a lot. The White House has already brought health care into the news with a recent address by Vice President Joe Biden reminding citizens that they have until February 15 to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. And... Read more

The five dumbest health care statements of 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 6:00 AM
New Year’s is the time for lists that recap memorable events in the year just passed. In 2014, health care remained a central focus of public attention that produced much to remember, including a steady flow of statements from public figures. Some of them were astute, many were misguided, and some... Read more

To your health – its more complicated than you might think

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 6:00 AM
“To your health” is the toast we’re likely to hear during this season of festive rejoicing. Most of us would put living a long and healthy life before money and fame. Achieving and maintaining this goal is a challenge, especially for some people. It’s also something we can’t... Read more

Christmas Come Early: Health News Article Wrap-up

Monday, December 22, 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. - Teaching Hospitals Hit Hardest By Medicare Fines For Patient Safety (NPR, Shots: Health News from NPR) - Medicare... 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
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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