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Obamacare’s Employer Mandate Deserves to Disappear

Friday, June 20, 2014, 6:00 AM
The Obama administration has given employers a reprieve from the mandate that they offer their workers insurance at low employee premiums or pay a penalty. As things now stand, enforcement is postponed until 2016. But should the mandate ever come back? Even strong supporters of the Affordable Care... Read more

Our Doctors Are Becoming Technocrats Instead of Healers

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 4:43 PM
A colleague of mine saw two different specialists in another state for a serious problem. Both doctors told her they did not feel comfortable treating her, and both referred her to a very prominent specialist in Philadelphia. She asked me to accompany her, listen carefully and take notes. We went... Read more

How is Health Care Like Baseball? Teamwork Matters

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 6:00 AM
Remember Marcus Welby, M.D.? If you don’t, it’s not surprising. We’ve come a long way from doctors hanging out a shingle and practicing with just one nurse and a receptionist. Back in the days of black and white TV, the doctor did everything, from weighing you to writing down the... Read more

There’s no place like home in health care: Housing the homeless is key to controlling costs

Monday, June 16, 2014, 6:00 AM
What remains outside our offices in Camden, NJ is exposed wet dirt: the patches of grass are faded from use, and the exposed brown ground has developed puddles, seeping up the water from a rainy day. Two weeks ago, New Jersey state and county officials cleared up the tents that housed homeless individuals... Read more

This is Your Brain on Science: Mind and Medicine Meet Morals at the Franklin Institute

Friday, June 13, 2014, 6:00 AM
What happens when an energetic and inquisitive brain visits the Franklin Institute? Starting June 14, it can see itself. The new Your Brain exhibit leads visitors on a tour of the inside of the human brain. It explains the basic elements of the brain’s structure and underlying mechanisms through... Read more

Medicaid re-envisioned: By reducing dependency we can benefit everyone

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 6:00 AM
We help several groups of Americans to obtain health insurance through a series of separate programs. Medicare helps seniors. Medicaid helps people in families with low incomes. And now the Affordable Care Act provides subsidies to many with low and moderate incomes for purchasing coverage in private... Read more

Say It Ain't So - Red Wine May Not Be a Cure-All After All

Sunday, June 8, 2014, 8:23 PM
For years, we've been told that red wine contains a miracle substance that can slow the aging process and prevent chronic disease. Known as resveratrol, it is found in the skin of wine grapes, especially those used to make reds. It's been touted as the reason countries with high levels of red wine... Read more

Obamacare or Not, American Health Care Is About to Be Transformed

Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 6:00 AM
Our nation stands at a population health crossroad, exemplified in part by a new law. Whatever your politics, healthcare delivery in our country will never be the same. We have a lot of work to do. We must work hard to reduce the unexplained variation in health care services. We must reduce disparities... Read more

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
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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
Krystyna Dereszowska A third-year law student concentrating in health at Drexel
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