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Archive: April, 2013

Why expanding Medicaid is good for Pennsylvania’s health, economy, and state budget

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 5:25 AM
Curt Schroder is the regional executive, Delaware Valley Health Care Council of HAP, the association for southeastern Pennsylvania hospitals. Pennsylvania is in the midst of a discussion about whether to expand Medicaid under the health reform law to cover residents up to 138% of the federal poverty... Read more

Could Groupons spell trouble for doctors and patients?

Saturday, April 20, 2013, 12:30 PM
The saying “There is no such thing as a free lunch” has been popular for decades. But in the case of physicians using Groupons, there may be another applicable saying, “There is no such thing as a good deal.” From both the patient and physician perspective, offering daily deals... Read more

Should a firm have the right to use the genetic code in your cells?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 10:23 AM
The Supreme Court hearing yesterday on whether human genes can be patented cuts to the heart of law, science, and even philosophy. Should a firm have the exclusive right to use the genetic code in your cells? Patients, researchers, and much of the life sciences industry have a lot at stake. But beneath... Read more

Who’s really serious about controlling Medicare costs?

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 4:00 PM
President Obama released his budget proposal this week. As expected, it calls for cutting Medicare to reduce future deficits. Many Democrats feel he has betrayed the party’s core principles. Some Republicans see the cuts as a step in the right direction, but several of them have derided it as... Read more

Perinatal hospice offers an alternative for parents of fetuses with terminal conditions

Thursday, April 11, 2013, 6:00 AM
While debates rage over abortion, they obscure other heart-wrenching issues that expectant parents can face. Among the most difficult but rarely discussed are decisions about fetuses with severe health problems that are expected to pass away shortly after birth. Many women have experienced miscarriages... Read more

Arkansas wants to privatize its Medicaid Expansion: Is this the start of a trend?

Sunday, April 7, 2013, 3:30 PM
How do you get recalcitrant Republicans like Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett to support expanding Medicaid, which is a key feature of Obamacare? The answer is to do it through privatization. That’s the path Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, a Democrat, is hoping to take. To convince the state’s... Read more

Gay men should be allowed to donate blood

Thursday, April 4, 2013, 11:07 AM
As gay individuals fight for the right to marry, there is another struggle for gay rights that deserves more attention than it is receiving. And this one may be a matter of life and death. It is the fight to abolish the ban on gay male blood donation. At the start of the AIDS crisis in 1985, the Food... 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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