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Archive: May, 2013

Insurance Exchanges 101

Friday, May 31, 2013, 5:30 AM
The Field Clinic welcomes Katheryne Lawrence, a third year law student concentrating in health law at the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University as a regular contributor over the next several months. This is her inaugural post. If you have been following this blog, you have seen a lot of discussion... Read more

The Red Sox, the Phillies, and Obamacare

Friday, May 24, 2013, 9:51 AM
When the Boston Red Sox play the Phillies next week, they will bring more to the series than a winning record and the promise of some exciting baseball games. The team carries a new tradition that extends beyond the playing field - it served as one of the first ambassadors for health reform. The tradition... Read more

Angelina Jolie’s lesson for Obamacare

Friday, May 17, 2013, 4:40 AM
Angelina Jolie’s announcement that she underwent a double mastectomy to protect against a genetic form of breast cancer inspired widespread surprise and admiration. With her op-ed revelation in the New York Times, she put herself forward as a role model for millions of women who face a similar... Read more

Let’s talk about childhood obesity

Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 4:05 AM
Not so easy, is it? Childhood obesity affects 1 in every 3 children, but most parents are uncomfortable talking with their children about weight, not knowing what to say or how to say it. For many of us, questions about a child’s weight are particularly difficult to answer, since feelings about... Read more

Do federal privacy laws hamper patient safety efforts?

Friday, May 10, 2013, 6:00 AM
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted in part to protect private patient health information from disclosure to unauthorized sources. The confidentiality section of HIPAA provides severe penalties in response to most unauthorized disclosures. However, the law provides... Read more

A shift toward improving patient safety in medical education

Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 6:00 AM
In recent months, I have been witness to a genuine groundswell of interest in improving the methods in which patient safety measures are taught, across the board, in medical education. In January, there was the release by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) of “Teaching for Quality... Read more

The Battle Against Obamacare Version 5.0

Sunday, May 5, 2013, 6:00 AM
They tried to vote it down in Congress. Then they tried to convince the Supreme Court that it violates the Constitution. Then they tried to convince the voters to elect a president who would repeal it. Then they tired to convince Congress to repeal it. So far, they have lost every time. But they haven’t... Read more

Mandatory vaccination saves lives

Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 6:00 AM
Vaccines save lives. It has been proven time and time again for diseases ranging from polio to measles to the flu. The more people a community has who are vaccinated, the healthier it is. Those who remain unvaccinated leave themselves susceptible to serious infectious diseases. This puts everyone... 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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