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Robert I. Field

Are Obamacare Subsidies on Federal Exchanges Illegal? Experts Weigh In

Friday, July 25, 2014, 1:11 PM
We asked the Field Clinic’s panel of experts for reactions to the two recent federal appeals court decisions on the legality of Obamacare subsidies for insurance purchased on the federal exchange. The District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled that that they are illegal (to read the full opinion... Read more

Two Federal Courts Just Made Obamacare’s Fate Even More Confusing

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 1:48 PM
If you live in New York, have a low income, and need health insurance, the federal government will help you pay for it. If you live in Pennsylvania, or one of 35 other states, it might not. That’s the upshot of today’s ruling on Obamacare by the federal Court of Appeals for the District... Read more

This is Your Brain on Science: Mind and Medicine Meet Morals at the Franklin Institute

Friday, June 13, 2014, 6:00 AM
What happens when an energetic and inquisitive brain visits the Franklin Institute? Starting June 14, it can see itself. The new Your Brain exhibit leads visitors on a tour of the inside of the human brain. It explains the basic elements of the brain’s structure and underlying mechanisms through... Read more

Say It Ain't So - Red Wine May Not Be a Cure-All After All

Sunday, June 8, 2014, 8:23 PM
For years, we've been told that red wine contains a miracle substance that can slow the aging process and prevent chronic disease. Known as resveratrol, it is found in the skin of wine grapes, especially those used to make reds. It's been touted as the reason countries with high levels of red wine... Read more

Don’t Pay Too Much for Your Medical Records

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 6:00 AM
Do you want to see a copy of your hospital medical record? Many people do in order to check for errors, to better understand their care, to provide information to a new doctor, or for any number of other reasons. You have a legal right not only to see your record but also to obtain a copy of it under... Read more

Health reform saves lives – and now we have the data to prove it

Monday, May 5, 2014, 6:00 PM
At the heart of President Obama’s massive health reform law is an effort to make health insurance available to everyone. Coverage can no longer be denied to those who are sick and most in need of care. But will insurance alone make any actual difference in their health? Millions of Americans... Read more

House GOP Says Only 67% of Obamacare Policies Are Paid For – Philadelphia Data Tell a Different Story

Friday, May 2, 2014, 6:00 AM
How many people have really signed up for coverage under Obamacare? The administration says 8.1 million applied through the online exchanges. But a completed application doesn’t translate into coverage unless the first premium is paid. A committee of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives... Read more

Did You Lose Your Health Plan Under Obamacare? It Might Have Happened Anyway

Friday, April 25, 2014, 6:00 AM
Can you keep your insurance plan if you like it? Some people discovered last fall that they couldn’t under Obamacare, despite the President’s promise that they could. But losing coverage is hardly new. It started long before Obamacare. In fact, it has been the norm for years for policies... Read more

Is your doctor only in it for the money? New report suggests maybe not

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:00 AM
Does money buy happiness? The answer for doctors is not so clear. In its annual survey of doctors, the website Medscape asked those in different specialties whether they would choose medicine again as a career if they had it to do over. Those most likely to say they would were among the lowest paid... Read more

Has Medicare Made Your Doctor a Millionaire?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 6:59 PM
Medicare paid a Florida ophthalmologist $26 million in 2012. It paid a Florida cardiologist $23 million. Dozens of other doctors received more than $4 million. And hundreds received well over $1 million. These are among the more starling revelations contained in a trove of data on physician payments... Read more
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The Field Clinic reports and analyzes health care laws, government policies, and political trends that are transforming the care we receive and the way we pay for it. Read more about our panel of bloggers here.

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Robert 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
Krystyna Dereszowska A third-year law student concentrating in health at Drexel
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