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Drew Harris

Another Obamacare innovation: Medicare payments that reward quality, efficiency

Monday, February 2, 2015, 6:00 AM
This week, the Department of Health and Human Services, the federal agency overseeing the massive Medicare program, announced a significant change in the way it pays doctors and hospitals. The goal is to tie most payments (85 percent in 2016 and 90 percent in 2018) to the quality and value of care... Read more

To your health – its more complicated than you might think

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 6:00 AM
“To your health” is the toast we’re likely to hear during this season of festive rejoicing. Most of us would put living a long and healthy life before money and fame. Achieving and maintaining this goal is a challenge, especially for some people. It’s also something we can’t... Read more

Ebola arrives on U.S. soil, but don't blame the CDC

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:00 AM
This week brings the sad news that the first person in the US diagnosed with Ebola has died. While the details of this tragedy have yet to be sorted out, let’s focus on one aspect of the case that is getting much coverage in the news. Why was Thomas Eric Duncan allowed to enter the country?... Read more

Data, data everywhere, but not a bit that helps your doctor to think

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 6:00 AM
I’m now living the measured life. I have a gadget strapped to my wrist that counts my steps and hours of sleep. It gives me a happy buzz when I hit my goals. I also wear a heart monitor and use a smartphone app to track my runs, bikes and hikes. Someday soon, a contact lens will measure my blood... Read more

Narrow Networks in Obamacare Plans Could Lead to Better Provider Teamwork

Monday, May 19, 2014, 6:00 AM
The nation’s attention has been focused on Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) enrollment numbers. The two key questions are 1) How many of the uninsured would purchase health insurance, and more importantly, 2) have enough young people (read: healthy who don’t consume much health care)... Read more

Why the primary care shortage may not be as bad as we think

Monday, February 3, 2014, 6:00 AM
Not everyone is cheering when more people have health care coverage. Some pundits are making dire predictions of long waits and overworked doctors when people newly insured under the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare") seek care for long-ignored ailments. Opponents of the ACA have even argued... Read more

Obamacare Glitches Were Predictable - And Easily Solved

Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 6:00 AM
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) rollout continues and every few weeks another problem arises seemingly without warning. However, those who follow health policy closely aren’t too surprised because every system is perfectly designed for the result you get. Unfortunately, it’s not always the... Read more

The Fight to the Death Against Obamacare is Unprecedented

Monday, September 30, 2013, 8:00 AM
Medicare Part D, a key component of the bill, provided prescription drug benefits to seniors for the first time. The bill was opposed by virtually all Democrats over concerns that its more than $400 billion price tag wasn’t paid for and over restrictions that prohibited the government from negotiating... Read more

Now it’s Christie’s turn to decide on expanding Medicaid and his decision should be easy

Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 12:09 PM
The Field Clinic is pleased to welcome two new guest bloggers who will be contributing on a regular basis, Dr. Drew Harris and Dr. David Nash of the Jefferson School of Population Health. Both are renowned experts on health policy and the American health care system. This is Dr. Harris’s inaugural... 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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