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Archive: July, 2013

Making better doctors: A hard look at Board Recertification

Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 6:00 AM
When most of us head to the doctor, chances are that the person wielding the stethoscope has been certified to practice in their specialty by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Board certification is an important measure of competence for American physicians. But just... Read more

Obamacare opponents are starting to seem desperate

Friday, July 26, 2013, 5:00 AM
Obamacare’s rollout has entered the homestretch. The new insurance exchanges are scheduled to open for business in just over two months. Three months after that, the policies they sell will take effect. At that point, every American will enjoy guaranteed access to health insurance regardless... Read more

Drug stores may answer the primary care shortage

Thursday, July 18, 2013, 2:44 PM
The United States has too few doctors, and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is projecting that the shortage will grow to more than 90,000 by 2020. The statistics are particularly troublesome for primary care, which accounts for half of the shortage. Nearly 1 in 5 Americans lacked... Read more

Budget sequestration could soon cost us in lives

Monday, July 15, 2013, 11:02 AM
What do we get when Congress cuts federal spending across-the-board? Does it bring lower taxes, smaller deficits, and less bureaucracy? How about worse health care, less medical innovation, and lost lives? The budget sequester that Congress enacted in 2011 began to take effect this year with spending... Read more

The Supreme Court’s decision may bring big changes for LGBT health care

Thursday, July 11, 2013, 5:30 AM
In a major victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court last month struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal law that had limited recognition of marriage to one between a man and a woman. This judicial move may herald major changes for the gay community with regard to health... Read more

Obamacare’s latest delay may not mean much

Monday, July 8, 2013, 6:00 AM
A key part of Obamacare will be delayed until 2015, putting it a year behind schedule. That is the provision penalizing large employers that don’t offer health coverage to their workers. (Click here to read the administration’s announcement.) The law’s drafters included that provision... 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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