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Archive: October, 2012

Health reform will continue regardless of who is president

Friday, October 26, 2012, 10:11 AM
By Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Mitt Romney says that, if elected, he would repeal Obamacare on day one. Obama, needless to say, would see it through to full implementation in 2014. But will the election really determine the ultimate fate of health reform? Probably not. That’s the opinion... Read more

Obamacare also tackles childhood obesity

Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 12:20 PM
by Erica Cohen While public attention has focused mostly on the individual insurance mandate, other seemingly unrelated parts of the health reform law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), are also extremely important. Several of them focus on preventing illness and disease, with provisions specifically... Read more

Has Romney become a socialist?

Friday, October 19, 2012, 10:21 AM
by Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. What exactly is socialized medicine? In 2007, Mitt Romney offered his definition. Referring to uninsured patients, he said: “When they show up at the hospital, they get care. They get free care paid for by you and me. If that’s not a form of socialism... Read more

Are we ready for bionic patients

Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 5:17 PM
Hugh Herr, a roboticist (yes, that’s a real job title) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, boldly asserted at a conference organized by The Economist that disability will be largely eradicated in the 21st century. Upon revealing his bionic legs, Herr suggested that patients may soon... Read more

Welcome to Medicare – but what about the rest of the family?

Friday, October 12, 2012, 10:06 AM
by Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. About to turn 65? Congratulations. You will soon be eligible for one of the best health insurance plans in the world. Medicare beneficiaries are highly satisfied with their coverage – more so than those with private insurance. And why shouldn’t... Read more

Fighting for your right to die

Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 5:19 PM
by Erica Cohen Grace Lee, a paralyzed 28-year-old woman with an incurable brain tumor, wants to die. She has repeatedly requested that doctors remove her ventilator and feeding tube, but her parents have filed a lawsuit to prevent that from happening. According to Grace’s attorney, she will... Read more

Separating truth from fiction in the presidential debates

Friday, October 5, 2012, 9:49 AM
by Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Wednesday night’s presidential debate felt at times like a walk through health care fantasyland. Both candidates strayed from the confines of reality. However, some of Mitt Romney’s pronouncements set a new standard for innovation in fact creation... Read more

Medical residents: Overtired or undereducated - pick your poison

Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 4:19 PM
by Erica Cohen You are wheeled into trauma bay A at 3 a.m, barely conscious after a severe car accident. A dozen medical professionals buzz around you with Dr. Teele (a fictitious name), a trauma surgeon, as the lead doctor. He is a new attending physician, and because of residency duty hour reforms... Read more
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Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Professor, Drexel University Kline School of Law & Dornsife 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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