Friday, August 28, 2015

Bob Doherty

Medicare and physicians, 50 years together: it’s complicated

Monday, August 3, 2015, 6:00 AM
Fifty years ago last week, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed Medicare (and Medicaid) into law. Medicare’s relationship with physicians since then can best be described as a complicated one. First, recall that Medicare became law notwithstanding the American Medical Association’s... 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

The collapse of the case against Obamacare

Monday, December 15, 2014, 6:00 AM
Even as Republicans plot ways to repeal Obamacare, the reality is that the havoc they predicted the law would produce simply has not occurred. You don’t have to take my word for it: there is now a wealth of independent evidence that not only disproves the predictions of dire harm but shows that... 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

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

With Obamacare, It’s All About the Numbers - But Don’t Expect Anyone to Agree on Them

Monday, March 10, 2014, 6:00 AM
With the first annual open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act down to its final few weeks, you are going to hear a lot of spin about the numbers. The end of March will be the first real test of ACA enrollment, because as of April 1, most people will have had to enroll in a health plan that... Read more

What My Auto Accident Taught Me About Insurance and Obamacare

Friday, January 10, 2014, 6:00 AM
On Tuesday of this week, as I was starting on my way to Reading Hospital to give a Grand Rounds presentation to physicians and nurses on the Affordable Care Act, I was involved in an auto accident that totaled my car. Due to driver error (mine), I inexplicably side-swiped another vehicle that was... Read more

People are Signing up in Droves for Obamacare, but not for Private Insurance

Friday, November 15, 2013, 6:00 AM
Much of the news lately about the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, has been about the troubled rollout of the web marketplace enrollment and the cancellation notices going out to a segment of the 5% of Americans who get coverage from the individual health insurance market. (Read this for... Read more

Obamacare and Hurricane Katrina

Friday, October 25, 2013, 6:00 AM
Most presidents encounter an event that solidifies the public’s view of their competence, for good or bad. Some events are so big that once the public makes up its mind that a president and his team are in over their heads, it becomes impossible to restore confidence. This was the situation... 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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