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Krystyna Dereszowska

Why I told my family my end-of-life treatment wishes at age 28

Monday, May 4, 2015, 6:00 AM
Two months ago, I filled out a living will. I also signed a health care power of attorney, which appointed a health care agent. One month ago, I emailed the documents to my family and my doctors. Today, I’m still a healthy 28-year old but with an advance health care directive posted on my... Read more

State Health Care Innovation is Blossoming Under Obamacare

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6:00 AM
Obamacare was passed, in part, to control the imbalance between the nation’s high health spending and poor health outcomes. The law includes several provisions that enhance coordination between health care delivery and public health systems to help improve overall health in the population while... Read more

Know Your Obamacare – More Prescribed Reading from the Blogosphere

Monday, April 28, 2014, 6:00 AM
Here is my second round-up of the most intriguing and informative blog posts and stories from around the Internet to help Field Clinic readers keep on top of a wide range of developments. Visit your doctor without getting off the couch: Direct-to-consumer telemedicine – has its time come? (mHealthNews) As... Read more

Newly Insured under Obamacare and Chronically Ill

Friday, April 11, 2014, 6:00 AM
Open enrollment may have just ended, but preliminary data on health care utilization is already beginning to trickle in. Although the numbers are bound to change with time, it appears that those who are already making use of their new marketplace coverage are sicker than average. And that’s... Read more

You Can Still Get Health Care Coverage This Year, Even if You Missed the Exchange Deadline

Friday, April 4, 2014, 6:00 AM
The Obama administration announced that 7.1 million Americans obtained individual health insurance coverage through the marketplace exchanges by the March 31st deadline. However, if you missed the deadline, you are not out of luck. You still have four options for getting coverage in 2014. You can... Read more

Taking Aim at the Surgeon General Nominee Misses the Point

Monday, March 31, 2014, 6:00 AM
There has been no shortage of opposition against the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy for Surgeon General, a Harvard and Yale educated physician who trained at one of the nation’s best hospitals. Often referred to as “America’s Top Doc,” the Surgeon General leads the U.S. Public... Read more

Avoiding Obamacare by Passing the Medicaid Buck to Hospitals

Monday, March 24, 2014, 6:00 AM
With the enrollment deadline for Obamacare approaching, the Administration’s focus has been on convincing the uninsured that they cannot afford to remain uncovered. But in states that have declined to expand Medicaid, many of these people will remain unable to afford insurance. And as serious... Read more

Know Your Obamacare - Prescribed Reading from the Blogosphere

Friday, March 21, 2014, 6:00 AM
The Web is filled with valuable information for staying informed about health care and ahead of the all-too-prevalent myths, if you know where to find it. I am pleased to offer a regular round-ups of the most intriguing and informative blog posts and stories from around the Internet to help Field... Read more

Time Doesn’t Always Heal

Monday, January 13, 2014, 6:00 AM
Over the past month, the media has been following the untimely deaths of Jahi McMath and Marlise Munoz—two bodies kept on ventilator support despite brain death diagnoses. Much of the discussion surrounding these high-profile cases perpetuates the misconception that brain death is not as final... Read more

Tis the Season to Debate Obamacare

Monday, December 30, 2013, 5:49 PM
Every family has its holiday traditions, and every year members of my family decide who will play Santa and hand out gifts on Christmas. Meanwhile, everyone else assumes the role of pundit, starting conversations that make me wonder how we’re all related. Not surprisingly, this year seemed... 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 College 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 College 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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