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Katheryne Lawrence

Disability and Obamacare: New freedom to return to work

Sunday, August 18, 2013, 12:00 AM
One of the biggest challenges facing disabled people is how to enter the workforce and still maintain the health care coverage they need. According to the 2000 Census, there are 33.1 million working age people with disabilities between the ages 16 and 64 in the United States. For those individuals... Read more

Fraud and abuse: Will delays in ACA verification increase costs?

Friday, August 9, 2013, 6:00 AM
The Obama Administration announced another delay in implementing a part of the Affordable Care Act. And as if on cue, the criticisms came flying in. This time the concern is one of widespread fraud and abuse. The problem lies in the delay of verification provisions for subsidies for policies purchased... Read more

Cancer by any other name...Is it still deadly?

Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 6:00 AM
Cancer screening isn’t working. That’s what a study panel from the National Cancer Institute concluded in a new article published recently in The Journal of the American Medical Association. Cancer kills thousands of people in the United States each year. A total of 580,350 cancer deaths... Read more

Making better doctors: A hard look at Board Recertification

Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 6:00 AM
When most of us head to the doctor, chances are that the person wielding the stethoscope has been certified to practice in their specialty by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Board certification is an important measure of competence for American physicians. But just... Read more

Drug stores may answer the primary care shortage

Thursday, July 18, 2013, 2:44 PM
The United States has too few doctors, and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is projecting that the shortage will grow to more than 90,000 by 2020. The statistics are particularly troublesome for primary care, which accounts for half of the shortage. Nearly 1 in 5 Americans lacked... Read more

The Supreme Court’s decision may bring big changes for LGBT health care

Thursday, July 11, 2013, 5:30 AM
In a major victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court last month struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal law that had limited recognition of marriage to one between a man and a woman. This judicial move may herald major changes for the gay community with regard to health... Read more

Transplant patients need your help

Friday, June 28, 2013, 6:00 AM
No matter how the organs are distributed, organ donation in the United States is a win-lose equation. When one person on a waiting list receives a lung, another person who is also on that list does not. As of Tuesday June 25, 2013 at 1:59am, 75,945 people across the United States were on active waiting... Read more

Discharge and deport: The fate of many undocumented immigrants in hospitals

Friday, June 7, 2013, 6:00 AM
While Congress debates immigration and health reform, one aspect of care for undocumented immigrants is not likely to change. That is the often invisible hospital practice of transporting sick and sometimes comatose patients to other countries. Stephen Colbert recently covered the issue after the story... Read more

Insurance Exchanges 101

Friday, May 31, 2013, 5:30 AM
The Field Clinic welcomes Katheryne Lawrence, a third year law student concentrating in health law at the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University as a regular contributor over the next several months. This is her inaugural post. If you have been following this blog, you have seen a lot of discussion... 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
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