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Archive: December, 2012

Meet The Field Clinic Panel

Tuesday, January 1, 2013, 12:00 AM
Health care is changing almost before our eyes, and the headlines just scratch the surface. From Obamacare to Medicare to managed care to genomics, the blog reports on and analyzes the laws, government policies, and political trends that are transforming the care we receive and the way we pay for it... Read more

Beyond “Likes” and “Hashtags”: Achieving Real Patient Engagement through Social Media

Thursday, December 27, 2012, 10:00 AM
Guest blogger Sara Goldstein, JD is a health policy research analyst at ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit organization located in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania that researches the best approaches to improving patient care. Two months after giving birth to her second child, 38-year-old Katherine... Read more

Health Care’s Top Ten for 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012, 12:34 PM
2012 was a watershed year for American health care. Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, was cemented in place legally and politically, and it entered the home stretch to full implementation. And President Obama publicly embraced the term Obamacare as a positive description of his... Read more

Yes, Virginia, Obamacare’s Benefits are for Real

Friday, December 14, 2012, 4:22 PM
By Rob Field Obamacare won’t do any good if no one knows about its benefits. Experts predict the law will extend health coverage to 30 million more people. But none of them will get that coverage if they don’t know it’s available. A recent poll suggests that may just be the case... Read more

Consumers must be savvy to benefit from health reform

Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 4:53 PM
By Erica Cohen Never before had I been so excited for my health insurance to change. While I typically dread the hassle of dealing with a new policy with different in-network providers, this time I expected my coverage to improve. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the new plan would cover all... Read more

Legal Challenges to Obamacare Live On

Friday, December 7, 2012, 12:31 PM
By Rob Field Think the legal assault on Obamacare ended with the Supreme Court decision last June? Think again. The Supreme Court upheld Obamacare’s most controversial provision, the mandate that all individuals maintain health coverage or pay a penalty. It ruled that the penalty is effectively... Read more

Extreme weather could stretch hospitals to the breaking point

Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 3:40 PM
By Erica Cohen Hurricane Sandy was terrifying for all involved. Hospital patients at several New York and New Jersey hospitals, however, faced a different level of fear as they were evacuated in the middle of the storm that destroyed entire towns, left millions without power for weeks, and killed... Read more

Some Slivers of Partisan Accord Across the Health Care Divide

Monday, December 3, 2012, 11:47 AM
By Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Do Democrats and Republicans agree on anything when it comes to health care? The bitter debates over Obamacare suggest they do not. And those debates continue even after the election. But a few shreds of partisan concurrence may lie beneath the surface. Researchers... Read more
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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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