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Archive: February, 2013

Medicaid Expansion: Will increased coverage actually lead to increased care?

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 6:00 AM
Although the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion could not be mandatory for states, as of now, the governors of 24 states and the District of Columbia have decided to go along. (New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie announced yesterday that he would be the 24th.) But... Read more

Look who’s expanding Medicaid now

Sunday, February 24, 2013, 6:00 AM
Seven Republican governors have broken ranks and declared their support for expanding Medicaid in their states under Obamacare. The latest is Florida’s Rick Scott, who made his surprise announcement this week. To hear some of them explain their decisions, you might think they had undergone ideological... Read more

Successful doctor-patient relationships require honesty

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 7:00 AM
I was at my annual check-up and my physician asked me, “Do you exercise regularly?” I looked down sheepishly and said, “Well, uhh, law school doesn’t give me much free time. So I don’t exercise as much as I probably should. But I bike everywhere in the city, at least two... Read more

You probably have no idea what your health care costs

Sunday, February 17, 2013, 5:00 AM
Has your doctor ever said you need a medical procedure? If so, you were probably told what hospital or clinic to use, which specialist or surgeon to select and numerous other key details. But did the doctor say what it would cost? Did you even think to ask? If you had thought to ask, would your doctor... Read more

The key to better mental health care is sharing records

Thursday, February 14, 2013, 6:00 AM
“Treating the whole person includes mental health care.” That statement was the title of a commentary written by the American Medical Association president, Jeremy A. Lazarus. Dr. Lazarus recognized that physicians can best treat their patients if they integrate mental health and mental... Read more

Will your employer cut your hours because of Obamacare?

Monday, February 11, 2013, 11:21 AM
Could Obamacare cause you to lose paid work time? The law requires employers to offer health coverage to all full-time workers. They can avoid the rule by reducing an employee’s hours to fewer than 30 a week, which is the cut-off for part-time status. Some companies have already said they plan... Read more

Your baby could save someone’s life

Friday, February 8, 2013, 5:30 AM
Did you know that an item discarded as medical waste after your baby is born could save someone’s life? Cord blood from the placenta and your baby’s umbilical cord is filled with blood-forming cells that can be used in transplants for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and many other life-threatening... Read more

Now it’s Christie’s turn to decide on expanding Medicaid and his decision should be easy

Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 12:09 PM
The Field Clinic is pleased to welcome two new guest bloggers who will be contributing on a regular basis, Dr. Drew Harris and Dr. David Nash of the Jefferson School of Population Health. Both are renowned experts on health policy and the American health care system. This is Dr. Harris’s inaugural... Read more

You’re about to find out what your health insurance really costs

Sunday, February 3, 2013, 3:00 PM
Here’s a quick question. How much does your health insurance cost? You probably have no idea. Most Americans get coverage through an employer – either their own, their spouse’s or their parent’s. The employer usually picks up most of the tab, somewhere between 50 and 80%. You... 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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