Monday, August 3, 2015

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

Telemedicine to the rescue in Tennessee

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 6:00 AM
Tennessee recently passed a law that requires private health insurance plans and the state’s Medicaid managed care plans to pay for telemedicine services in the same way they pay for health care services being provided in person. Although there were many considerations behind the law, on a very... Read more

Doctors’ prescription for LGBT healthcare

Monday, May 18, 2015, 9:00 AM
“The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community is a highly diverse and multifaceted group of persons encompassing all cultures, ethnicities, and walks of life. Under the LGBT umbrella, each individual group faces unique cultural and health-related needs but shares common challenges... Read more

Does Philadelphia have primary care deserts?

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 4:55 PM
Over the past two years, one of the top health care priorities in Philadelphia has been getting people signed up for health insurance. That is still a huge, unfinished task, but alongside it we need to make sure we have enough doctors in the right places to deliver care. For health care reform to... Read more

Rethinking access: the Internet, people with disabilities, and good planning

Monday, May 11, 2015, 9:41 AM
Access. Although the word has a very broad definition, that definition has come to mean something very specific in the era of the Affordable Care Act: health insurance. But access is much bigger than that. A number of cases regarding the accessibility of Internet sites have recently hit the courts... Read more

What is health, anyway?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 6:00 AM
I’ve been writing blogs for the Field Clinic on since its inception two-and-a-half years ago. Every article I’ve written has been about some aspect of health or the healthcare system. Sometimes I write about how people have trouble accessing necessary health services. Other times... Read more

Why I told my family my end-of-life treatment wishes at age 28

Monday, May 4, 2015, 6:00 AM
Two months ago, I filled out a living will. I also signed a health care power of attorney, which appointed a health care agent. One month ago, I emailed the documents to my family and my doctors. Today, I’m still a healthy 28-year old but with an advance health care directive posted on my... Read more

Can we really trust Congress to pay for the Obamacare Medicaid expansion?

Friday, May 1, 2015, 6:00 AM
Few of the promises made related to Obamacare have been kept: “If you like your healthcare plan you can keep your healthcare plan period”, “there will be no taxes for any family earning under $250,000”, “healthcare costs for families will be reduced by an average of $2... Read more

Medicare coverage will soon cost you more

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 6:00 AM
If you’re on Medicare, you know that this generous government benefit isn’t free. Coverage for some services, like physician visits and outpatient prescription drugs, requires that you pay a monthly premium. And before most claims are paid, you have to meet an annual deductible. Those... Read more

How Obamacare is helping to fix a problem with mammograms in Bucks County

Monday, April 27, 2015, 6:00 AM
There’s a big problem with mammograms in Bucks County. Four out of every ten women who should be getting a yearly mammogram aren’t. They’re forgoing a chance to detect a serious health problem early on, when it’s easier to take care of and recover from. The Affordable Care... 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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