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Erica Cohen

Do federal privacy laws hamper patient safety efforts?

Friday, May 10, 2013, 6:00 AM
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted in part to protect private patient health information from disclosure to unauthorized sources. The confidentiality section of HIPAA provides severe penalties in response to most unauthorized disclosures. However, the law provides... Read more

Mandatory vaccination saves lives

Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 6:00 AM
Vaccines save lives. It has been proven time and time again for diseases ranging from polio to measles to the flu. The more people a community has who are vaccinated, the healthier it is. Those who remain unvaccinated leave themselves susceptible to serious infectious diseases. This puts everyone... Read more

Could Groupons spell trouble for doctors and patients?

Saturday, April 20, 2013, 12:30 PM
The saying “There is no such thing as a free lunch” has been popular for decades. But in the case of physicians using Groupons, there may be another applicable saying, “There is no such thing as a good deal.” From both the patient and physician perspective, offering daily deals... Read more

Perinatal hospice offers an alternative for parents of fetuses with terminal conditions

Thursday, April 11, 2013, 6:00 AM
While debates rage over abortion, they obscure other heart-wrenching issues that expectant parents can face. Among the most difficult but rarely discussed are decisions about fetuses with severe health problems that are expected to pass away shortly after birth. Many women have experienced miscarriages... Read more

Gay men should be allowed to donate blood

Thursday, April 4, 2013, 11:07 AM
As gay individuals fight for the right to marry, there is another struggle for gay rights that deserves more attention than it is receiving. And this one may be a matter of life and death. It is the fight to abolish the ban on gay male blood donation. At the start of the AIDS crisis in 1985, the Food... Read more

Could hackers really take over your pacemaker?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 1:45 PM
Fans of the TV series Homeland may have wondered at the end of last season whether it is truly possible to hack into a pacemaker and cause someone’s death. That’s what the show’s terrorist organization did to the vice president. The answer is, scarily, yes. For years, experts have... Read more

HIV patients deserve equal treatment

Thursday, March 21, 2013, 6:00 AM
We live in a society that values openness and acceptance of difference, yet many people face unfair stigma and discrimination. No group experiences it more that those who live with HIV, and it is especially evident in the health care setting. Federal laws protect those with HIV by explicitly prohibiting... Read more

Doctors’ appearance may be more important than they think

Thursday, March 14, 2013, 5:55 AM
While physicians are usually more concerned with monitoring patient heart rates and reading lab results than with their personal grooming, a recent study showed that a physician’s appearance can be quite important. It is part of making patients’ families feel comfortable in a high-stress... Read more

Health care on the internet: Can you trust it?

Friday, March 8, 2013, 6:00 AM
As the Internet becomes ever more ingrained in our lives, it increasingly affects the way patients interact with each other and with their doctors. They can more easily learn about conditions, treatments, and providers and can find the solace and support of others in similar circumstances. Web-based... Read more

Medicaid Expansion: Will increased coverage actually lead to increased care?

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 6:00 AM
Although the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion could not be mandatory for states, as of now, the governors of 24 states and the District of Columbia have decided to go along. (New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie announced yesterday that he would be the 24th.) But... 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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