Friday, August 28, 2015

Robert I. Field

Health information exchange: answers to common questions and concerns

Friday, August 28, 2015, 9:00 AM
In an age of smartphones, tablets, apps, social media, and e-commerce, we expect maximum convenience, information flow, and efficiency on a daily basis—while at the same time expecting that our privacy will be protected. When it comes to information about our health care, statewide health information... Read more

Bureaucracy can save lives – the legacy of Dr. Frances Kelsey

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 6:00 AM
What adjective would most people associate with the word “bureaucrat”? For many, it would be “inefficient,” “inept,” or “incompetent.” But another that is just as descriptive is “lifesaving.” Dr. Frances Kelsey, who died this month at the... Read more

Health information exchange: the key to better care

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 11:01 AM
Imagine the following scenario: It’s 3:00am, and you’re in a serious automobile accident. You arrive at the local trauma center—alone, unconscious, and in critical condition. During the “golden hour” after the accident, the trauma staff want to assure you aren’t... Read more

At the intersection of social ills and personal health: hospital readmission fines

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 6:00 AM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has documented that social factors, like income, education, and family, have a big impact on health. Some experts estimate that these factors account for as much as 40 percent of our health. Hospitals experience this reality every day when they... Read more

Your hospital could make you sick – learn how to stay safe before you go

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 6:00 AM
Consumer Reports magazine recently released ratings of infection rates at more than 3,000 hospitals in the United States. Only nine of them did well. There were an estimated 722,000 healthcare-associated infections in 2011,according to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC), leading... Read more

Medicare turns 50 – top health officials reflect on its past and future

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 6:00 AM
Today, July 30th, is the 50th anniversary of the day President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law. Since its enactment in 1965, the program has changed the course of American health care. Two former high-ranking government health officials, an adviser in the Reagan administration and a health... Read more

Hospitals across the country are off on a building spree

Friday, July 24, 2015, 6:00 AM
American hospitals are big business, and many of them are about to get much bigger. As reported by Modern Healthcare magazine, across the country, a hospital building boom is underway. Construction projects are sprouting up all over. OhioHealth, a hospital system based in Columbus, opened a new $300... Read more

Medicare at age 50 shows how popular and effective a government program can be

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 6:00 AM
July 30 is the 50th anniversary of the day President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law. For most Americans, that is cause for celebration. But it took awhile for Medicare to win over Americans’ hearts. The idea of government health care coverage for the elderly and disabled was extremely... Read more

Is my surgeon any good? Now you can find out

Monday, July 20, 2015, 6:00 AM
Surgery is a scary proposition. A lot can go wrong, and the consequences can be disastrous. Surgical outcomes depend in large part on the quality of the surgeon, and quality can vary greatly. Some surgeons consistently avoid bad outcomes, while others have high rates of complications. Now, there... Read more

Death panels are back – just ask Sarah Palin

Monday, July 13, 2015, 6:00 AM
Remember death panels? Obamacare opponents claimed that the law would create them to make life or death judgments about frail elderly patients. Where did the opponents find these sinister bodies in the thousands of pages that comprised the Affordable Care Act? In a provision that would have permitted... 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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