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Archive: September, 2012

Death panels live on

Friday, September 28, 2012, 2:01 PM
Welcome to The Field Clinic, where our mission is to explain and interpret the laws, policies and politics that drive our health care system. The topics we cover have been part of the Check Up blog for the past three years, and they now have a blog of their own. We are also adding a new contributor... Read more

Are the Joint Commission's top hospitals truly the best?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 5:18 PM
by Erica Cohen The Joint Commission, the accrediting organization for nearly all hospitals across the United States, recently released its annual list of the top performers on key quality measures. The list included 620 hospitals, more than 50 percent more than the number named in 2011. The accompanying... Read more

Figuring out why fewer were uninsured in 2011

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 2:32 PM
by Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Here’s some good news about health care for a change. Fewer Americans lacked health insurance in 2011 than in 2010 - almost a million-and-a-half of them. The Census Bureau reported last week that that the number of people without coverage fell from 49... Read more

Could an overweight physician convince you to lose weight?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 2:33 PM
Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Who could be a better guide for helping people to lose weight than their physicians? No one sees the dangers of excess weight more clearly, and no one is better positioned to spread the word. But what if the physician giving the advice could stand to lose a few... Read more

Putting a gag on patients

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 5:05 PM
by Erica Cohen Would you be alarmed if your physician used a company like Medical Justice to “manage” his reputation? Would you question his integrity if he slipped in with your medical intake forms a waiver that legally prohibited you from mentioning his name online? Despite the red... Read more

Obamacare is only first step for reform

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 2:34 PM
by Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Will we ever finish reforming health care? Obamacare made a good start. It will save about 30 million Americans from being shut out of the system for lack of insurance. But much more needs to be done. The prestigious Institute of Medicine issued a report... Read more

Dietary supplements baffle even hospitals

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 5:06 PM
by Erica Cohen A patient is diagnosed with brain cancer. She sees a slew of doctors, including a doctor of holistic medicine who recommends a combination of 25 different dietary supplements. The patient then reports for her first chemotherapy treatment with 25 bottles of supplements in a giant plastic... 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 College 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 College 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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