Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Paula Stillman

Poor physician behavior – is it malpractice?

Thursday, September 17, 2015, 6:00 AM
A close friend of mine who is a physician has severe low back pain. She has multiple anatomical abnormalities in her back and her pain is disabling. Her treatment has consisted of injections of steroids and pain killers, but they have offered only temporary pain relief. My friend’s primary care... Read more

A rational approach to health care delivery – let the best providers prevail

Monday, June 1, 2015, 6:00 AM
Today, most hospitals try to deliver every sophisticated medical service and procedure they can. In Philadelphia, we have at least seven hospitals that do heart transplants and many more doing liver, kidney and bone marrow transplants. That’s a lot of redundancy. A friend of mine was recently... Read more

Are physicians gradually losing the right to practice medicine?

Friday, March 13, 2015, 6:00 AM
My neighbor, a man in his 70’s, had mild epigastric (abdominal) pain. He was treated for ulcer disease, and when the pain did not disappear, he went to visit his cardiologist. The patient had several risk factors for heart disease, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes... Read more

Don’t let medical billers cheat you

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 6:00 AM
When it comes to medical billing, let the patient beware. The next time you receive a bill, check it carefully. The amount it says you owe may be more than it should be. Here are two examples involving people I know. A neighbor recently visited an orthopedist for a spinal injection. When I saw her... Read more

Patient, beware of your Medicare hospital bill – you could be in for some unpleasant surprises

Monday, November 17, 2014, 6:00 AM
On the surface, it seems so simple. You get treatment in a hospital, Medicare gets the bill, and the hospital gets paid. But the rules for Medicare billing and payment are anything but straightforward. In order for Medicare to pay for an inpatient stay, the stay must last for at least two days (each... Read more

Health insurance - don’t Leave home without it

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:00 AM
We have all participated in discussions about why it is important to have insurance, particularly health coverage. Two recent incidents brought that point home strongly for me. A friend of mine had the type of health insurance that Obamacare was supposed to eliminate, very inexpensive insurance with... Read more

Our Doctors Are Becoming Technocrats Instead of Healers

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 4:43 PM
A colleague of mine saw two different specialists in another state for a serious problem. Both doctors told her they did not feel comfortable treating her, and both referred her to a very prominent specialist in Philadelphia. She asked me to accompany her, listen carefully and take notes. We went... Read more

Obamacare Needs to Change the Way Doctors are Paid to Achieve Real Reform

Monday, April 21, 2014, 5:03 PM
I have had the opportunity to examine health care through the lens of a patient, provider, health system, self-insured entity, and a commercial and government supported insurer. In order for health care reform to make sense, we need to follow its incentives and disincentives, understand who is responsible... Read more

We owe all children a healthy start in life

Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 6:00 AM
How often have we witnessed an adorable, inquisitive and charming toddler and wondered what does the future hold? What happens to that child in adolescence? Why do some of these children fail in school, choose unhealthy lifestyle options, have children at an early age and contribute to the cycle... Read more

Do the poor die young?

Thursday, November 21, 2013, 6:00 AM
Our nation continues to struggle with providing health care to the people who are on the lower end of the socioeconomic ladder. Not being able to afford health care and not having health care coverage is a disaster, especially when you have a chronic condition. My son, an internist, published an... 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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