Tuesday, June 30, 2015

For controlling health care costs, the government does it best

Monday, April 20, 2015, 9:00 AM
America has the most expensive health care system in the world, and costs keep rising relentlessly. Government programs are being hit especially hard. Medicare now costs more than half a trillion dollars a year and could drive huge deficits in the future. And Medicaid is the biggest budget burden for... Read more

What should we do about vaccine-refusing parents? Tax them

Friday, April 17, 2015, 6:00 AM
The outbreak of measles among unimmunized middle class children who visited Disneyland reopened an important debate that pits the freedom of parents to choose how to raise their children against their responsibilities to their own children and to others with whom they may come in contact. Much of the... Read more

Day care is not just for toddlers any more

Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 6:00 AM
We’re all familiar with day care. Maybe your mom or dad dropped you off as a kid, or maybe you’re a young professional taking your own children there now. Day care can provide a great environment for young children by giving them a chance to socialize with other children their age, participate... Read more

How much will my health care really cost? Now, you can find out

Monday, April 13, 2015, 9:54 AM
Have you ever tried to find out what a health care service will cost before you get it? How much will you have to pay, say, for an MRI, a mammogram, or a colonoscopy? Good luck. If you are fortunate enough to have good insurance, it may not matter. A small co-pay may be all you owe. But if you are... Read more

Health costs are moderating, but most of us don’t feel it

Friday, April 10, 2015, 6:00 AM
You may not have noticed, but health care costs are rising more slowly than they used to. The rate of growth started to decline during the Great Recession, and the trend has continued since then. Costs rose by an average of 6.5% between 2005 and 2007, just before the recession began, and by an average... Read more

Physician burnout, suicide: The postmodern doctor’s dilemma

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 6:00 AM
Physicians experience burnout when the stresses of their work lead to emotional exhaustion and lack of a sense of accomplishment. A recent survey of over 20,000 physicians found close to half, a record, self-report feelings of burnout. Because data suggest that physicians who experience burnout are... Read more

Is Obamacare hugely unpopular? Not anymore

Monday, April 6, 2015, 6:00 AM
Remember when a clear majority of Americans disapproved of Obamacare? In July 2014, the percent disapproving in the Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll reached 53% and the percent approving stood at just 37%. What a difference a few months can make. Those numbers have changed dramatically. The... Read more

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

Friday, April 3, 2015, 6:00 AM
Looking for some interesting and enlightening health care reading? Here is a sample of informative articles from around the Internet. - High-Deductible Health Plans Cut Costs, At Least For Now (NPR, Shots: Health News from NPR) - Did you sign up for a high-deductible health plan hoping... Read more

Finally in health care, Congress is working the way it is supposed to

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 6:00 AM
On Thursday, 86% of the House of Representatives voted to repeal and replace the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula designed to limit the growth of Medicare physician payments. This remarkable show of bipartisanship indicates that a truly bad policy—one that no one was willing to implement—cannot... Read more

Do Republicans really want to repeal Obamacare entirely? Not according to Newt Gingrich

Monday, March 30, 2015, 6:00 AM
Are Republicans unified in their opposition to all of Obamacare? Not according to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Gingrich was asked at a conference last week whether he agrees with members of his party who say they want to repeal the law entirely. “Well, they don’t either,”... 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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