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Archive: June, 2013

Transplant patients need your help

Friday, June 28, 2013, 6:00 AM
No matter how the organs are distributed, organ donation in the United States is a win-lose equation. When one person on a waiting list receives a lung, another person who is also on that list does not. As of Tuesday June 25, 2013 at 1:59am, 75,945 people across the United States were on active waiting... Read more

Is Obamacare on the ropes? Not at all

Monday, June 24, 2013, 6:00 AM
Is Obamacare on the ropes? The Government Accountability Office recently reported that it is falling behind schedule. Insurance exchanges, which are the centerpiece of its coverage expansion, may not be ready by the planned October 1 start date. The exchanges will be marketplaces through which individuals... Read more

The Supreme Court strikes down gene patents – Or does it?

Thursday, June 13, 2013, 5:05 PM
Should a private company be allowed to own the information in your genes? The Supreme Court today said no when it ruled unanimously that genes cannot be patented. Medical researchers and patient groups are rejoicing. But they may be celebrating a bit too soon. Genes are the chemical messengers that... Read more

Discharge and deport: The fate of many undocumented immigrants in hospitals

Friday, June 7, 2013, 6:00 AM
While Congress debates immigration and health reform, one aspect of care for undocumented immigrants is not likely to change. That is the often invisible hospital practice of transporting sick and sometimes comatose patients to other countries. Stephen Colbert recently covered the issue after the story... 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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