Sunday, May 24, 2015

How good is the Obamacare good news after year two?

Friday, March 27, 2015, 6:00 AM
The White House has reported that after the second year of open enrollment in Obamacare as many as 16.4 million people have signed up on the federal and state exchanges. They cite 14.1 million individuals who have signed up on the exchanges themselves and 2.3 million children under 26 who were added... Read more

Angelina Jolie has shown us again how important Obamacare can be

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 6:00 AM
Angelina Jolie published an update this week on her medical condition. In 2013, she revealed that she had undergone a double mastectomy after learning that she carried a genetic mutation that significantly increases the risk of breast cancer. (A Field Clinic post on that revelation is available by... Read more

Are hospitals putting themselves out of a job?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 6:00 AM
Some hospital leaders call it “demand destruction.” Instead of focusing only on treating people when they are seriously ill—and need to be in the hospital—hospitals are working to keep people healthy and out of the hospital. To reduce demand for intensive (and expensive) inpatient... Read more

Dire warnings of ACA critics aside: most employers continue to offer health coverage

Friday, March 20, 2015, 6:00 AM
One of the frequently heard criticisms of the Affordable Care Act is that it will lead employers to stop offering health care coverage. This will force their employees to buy insurance on their own. Many employers worried that the ACA’s new rules would make it more difficult to provide health... Read more

More good news for ACA-doubters to ponder: costs are lower than expected, and holdouts have another shot at getting covered

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 6:00 AM
Last week, the Congressional Budget Office released updated projections of the Affordable Care Act’s cost and the news is good: the law is costing less originally expected because the competition it creates among insurers is driving down prices. Those lower-than-expected prices are reducing the... Read more

Are physicians gradually losing the right to practice medicine?

Friday, March 13, 2015, 6:00 AM
My neighbor, a man in his 70’s, had mild epigastric (abdominal) pain. He was treated for ulcer disease, and when the pain did not disappear, he went to visit his cardiologist. The patient had several risk factors for heart disease, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes... Read more

The view from the Obamacare trenches – perspectives of a health insurance navigator

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 10:13 AM
One of the most visible, and arguably impactful, aspects of Obamacare has been the establishment of health insurance marketplaces through which individuals can purchase coverage. While their future may be uncertain as we await a Supreme Court ruling on subsidies for low-income purchasers, their importance... Read more

Expert reaction to Obamacare in the Supreme Court round 3: turmoil for health insurance or opportunity for Congressional compromise?

Monday, March 9, 2015, 6:00 AM
For Obamacare supporters, it was déjà vu all over again. Another challenge in the Supreme Court with potentially fatal consequences for the law, and the outcome very much in doubt. The law narrowly survived the first challenge in 2012, when Chief Justice John Roberts cast the deciding... Read more

If the Supreme Court does not uphold Obamacare, thousands of Pennsylvanians will suffer needlessly

Monday, March 2, 2015, 6:00 AM
Last week, HHS released the latest enrollment numbers for the insurance marketplace. They show that 471,930 Pennsylvanians selected a plan in this past open enrollment period. Of them, 81% are getting financial help through the Affordable Care Act’s tax credit. More than two-thirds of enrolled... Read more

Philadelphia needs more behavioral health providers to bring care for body and mind together

Friday, February 27, 2015, 9:00 AM
How different are your mind and your body? For centuries, health care has treated them separately both in philosophy and practice. Physical ailments were considered different from mental ailments, and they were treated in different ways and by different kinds of practitioners. And just as important... 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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