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How Obamacare is helping the fight against Ebola

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:00 AM
What’s the main thing an Ebola patient needs once symptoms have appeared? Hospital care in an isolation unit. And they need it right away. How much does the care cost? Up to $24,000 a day according to one expert. And a course of treatment can last up to several weeks. How can patients afford... Read more

Health news from around the Internet – some recent must-reads

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:00 AM
Health care news and commentary abounds on the Internet. Here is a sample of some recent blog posts and stories that are particularly intriguing, informative, and enlightening. - Ebola in United States: EHRs as a Public Health Tool at the Point of Care (Journal of the American Medical Association) The... Read more

Obamacare round 2: Expect improvement not perfection

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 8:51 AM
Regardless of your political position, in October of last year it was clear that was not working the way it should have. The federally facilitated marketplace website made signing up for health insurance difficult, denied coverage for many who should have been eligible, and repeatedly... Read more

Know your Obamacare –recommended readings from the blogosphere

Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:00 AM
Health care news and commentary abounds on the Internet. Here is a sample of some recent blog posts and stories that are particularly intriguing, informative, and enlightening. - Obamacare’s impact on individuals of Hispanic or Latino origin: The Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance... Read more

There’s nothing like health care costs to make you really mad

Monday, September 29, 2014, 6:00 AM
Want to get really angry? Think about being the patient in one of these scenarios. Consumer Reports recently described the travails of a heart transplant patient who carefully selected a hospital that participated in her health plan’s network to make sure the expensive operation would be fully... Read more

Killing Obamacare in pieces

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 6:00 AM
Opponents of the Affordable Care Act have started calling for drastic revision of the Act, rather than outright repeal. A prime example is an August report published by the conservative-leaning Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. The report, entitled “Transcending Obamacare: A Patient-Centered... Read more

Are bigger hospitals better?

Monday, September 22, 2014, 6:00 AM
American hospitals are becoming bigger. Facilities in many markets are following a growing trend of merging to form larger health systems. Many of these systems are growing even larger by acquiring physician practices. The Affordable Care Act encourages collaborations among hospitals and physicians... Read more

Who can see your medical records? It might be almost anyone

Monday, September 15, 2014, 6:00 AM
Is your medical information safe from prying eyes? Maybe not as safe as you would like to think. A clinical laboratory reported this week that test results for over 7,000 patients had been accessible to the public for almost three years through Google searches. For some patients, the information included... Read more

Is Obamacare killing jobs? Recent studies suggest it is not

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:00 AM
Critics warned that Obamacare would kill jobs. It would make insurance so expensive that employers would have to cut back on hiring. And smaller companies would shed employees to get below the 50-worker threshold for having to provide coverage. A recent study by the conservative-leaning American Action... Read more

Now for the good news – Medicare costs are falling

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:00 AM
Remember the dire warnings about Medicare? Its costs are growing at an unsustainable rate. They will drive up federal deficits for years to come. The program could become insolvent in a few years. As it turns out, Medicare may not be in such bad shape, after all. The Congressional Budget Office recently... 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
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
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