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There’s nothing like health care costs to make you really mad

Monday, September 29, 2014, 6:00 AM
Want to get really angry? Think about being the patient in one of these scenarios. Consumer Reports recently described the travails of a heart transplant patient who carefully selected a hospital that participated in her health plan’s network to make sure the expensive operation would be fully... Read more

Killing Obamacare in pieces

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 6:00 AM
Opponents of the Affordable Care Act have started calling for drastic revision of the Act, rather than outright repeal. A prime example is an August report published by the conservative-leaning Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. The report, entitled “Transcending Obamacare: A Patient-Centered... Read more

Are bigger hospitals better?

Monday, September 22, 2014, 6:00 AM
American hospitals are becoming bigger. Facilities in many markets are following a growing trend of merging to form larger health systems. Many of these systems are growing even larger by acquiring physician practices. The Affordable Care Act encourages collaborations among hospitals and physicians... Read more

Need health insurance? You may not have to wait for the ACA open enrollment

Friday, September 19, 2014, 6:00 AM
Though the unofficial end of summer is behind us, it still may seem a bit early to think about shopping for health insurance for next year. Under the Affordable Care Act, individual consumers can sign up for a new health plan or choose a different plan during the open enrollment period that runs from... Read more

Health insurance - don’t Leave home without it

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:00 AM
We have all participated in discussions about why it is important to have insurance, particularly health coverage. Two recent incidents brought that point home strongly for me. A friend of mine had the type of health insurance that Obamacare was supposed to eliminate, very inexpensive insurance with... Read more

Who can see your medical records? It might be almost anyone

Monday, September 15, 2014, 6:00 AM
Is your medical information safe from prying eyes? Maybe not as safe as you would like to think. A clinical laboratory reported this week that test results for over 7,000 patients had been accessible to the public for almost three years through Google searches. For some patients, the information included... Read more

Is Obamacare killing jobs? Recent studies suggest it is not

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:00 AM
Critics warned that Obamacare would kill jobs. It would make insurance so expensive that employers would have to cut back on hiring. And smaller companies would shed employees to get below the 50-worker threshold for having to provide coverage. A recent study by the conservative-leaning American Action... Read more

Why doctors hate electronic health records

Monday, September 8, 2014, 6:00 AM
Imagine you are a car mechanic, and the government offers to help you buy a new computerized tool to make it easier to fix cars. The tool improves automobile safety, it says, by giving you the latest evidence on the most effective repairs and immediate access to all prior work that has been done on... Read more

Now for the good news – Medicare costs are falling

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:00 AM
Remember the dire warnings about Medicare? Its costs are growing at an unsustainable rate. They will drive up federal deficits for years to come. The program could become insolvent in a few years. As it turns out, Medicare may not be in such bad shape, after all. The Congressional Budget Office recently... Read more

Better late than never for Pennsylvania Medicaid

Friday, August 29, 2014, 12:24 PM
Pennsylvania may finally expand its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act but not the way the drafters of the law had envisioned. And not exactly the way Governor Corbett envisioned it either. Some aspects of the Governor’s “Healthy Pennsylvania” plan received federal approval... 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
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