Monday, August 31, 2015

Drew Harris

What do we really want from our health care?

Friday, August 21, 2015, 12:23 PM
A recent survey conducted by the Advisory Board Company, a health care consultant group, asked 4,000 people to prioritize the factors that would matter most if they had to get care for a simple illness like the flu. Somewhat surprisingly, most respondents didn’t mention many of the things that... Read more

Beyond King v. Burwell, Obamacare’s many layers can make health care better - with a little help

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 6:00 AM
As we wait for news on whether the US Supreme Court will deny health insurance subsidies to 6.4 million low-income Americans in 34 states because over-worked congressional staffers forgot to delete four words—“established by the state”—from the bill, let's discuss an unrelated... Read more

What is health, anyway?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 6:00 AM
I’ve been writing blogs for the Field Clinic on since its inception two-and-a-half years ago. Every article I’ve written has been about some aspect of health or the healthcare system. Sometimes I write about how people have trouble accessing necessary health services. Other times... Read more

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
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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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