Friday, July 3, 2015

Robert I. Field

Behavioral health parity equals opportunity

Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 9:00 AM
The Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell and the ongoing discussion on the Affordable Care Act has kept the spotlight on federal health insurance laws. But even with laws like the Affordable Care Act, states will still play a major role in health insurance law and policy. Some experts... Read more

Obamacare lives again

Thursday, June 25, 2015, 11:04 AM
Obamacare survived another brush with death before the Supreme Court today. The justices permitted the government to continue to give subsidies to those who purchase coverage on the federally run insurance exchange. (To read the full opinion, click here.) Had the Court ruled the other way, the law... Read more

The latest weapon in the fight against superbugs

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 9:00 AM
No, it’s not a new drug. It’s more policy. Antibiotic resistance is nothing new. The rogues gallery of superbugs continues to grow, with major concerns around antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Typhi, antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), multidrug-resistant... Read more

Health reform Chinese style

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 9:00 AM
Imagine a health care system in which hospitals make ends meet by selling drugs. They supplement their income from treating patients by providing medications at substantial mark-ups. Until now, drug sales have been a major source of revenue for county-level public hospitals in China. They mark up... Read more

Telemedicine to the rescue in Tennessee

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 6:00 AM
Tennessee recently passed a law that requires private health insurance plans and the state’s Medicaid managed care plans to pay for telemedicine services in the same way they pay for health care services being provided in person. Although there were many considerations behind the law, on a very... Read more

Rethinking access: the Internet, people with disabilities, and good planning

Monday, May 11, 2015, 9:41 AM
Access. Although the word has a very broad definition, that definition has come to mean something very specific in the era of the Affordable Care Act: health insurance. But access is much bigger than that. A number of cases regarding the accessibility of Internet sites have recently hit the courts... Read more

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

Medicare coverage will soon cost you more

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 6:00 AM
If you’re on Medicare, you know that this generous government benefit isn’t free. Coverage for some services, like physician visits and outpatient prescription drugs, requires that you pay a monthly premium. And before most claims are paid, you have to meet an annual deductible. Those... Read more

For controlling health care costs, the government does it best

Monday, April 20, 2015, 9:00 AM
America has the most expensive health care system in the world, and costs keep rising relentlessly. Government programs are being hit especially hard. Medicare now costs more than half a trillion dollars a year and could drive huge deficits in the future. And Medicaid is the biggest budget burden for... Read more

Day care is not just for toddlers any more

Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 6:00 AM
We’re all familiar with day care. Maybe your mom or dad dropped you off as a kid, or maybe you’re a young professional taking your own children there now. Day care can provide a great environment for young children by giving them a chance to socialize with other children their age, participate... 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
Elizabeth A. W. Williams Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer for Independence Blue Cross
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