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AMIA Comes to Philly

Avid readers of this blog recognize that I’m not an expert in health information technology at the individual operator level.  I see myself as an interpreter, someone who is able to span the bridge between the software writers and users of clinical information.  Therefore, I was particularly pleased to deliver the opening plenary at the AMIA more »


Canary in the Coal Mine

The State of Maryland has been on a unique journey for the last two years as the only state in the nation where healthcare is currently delivered under a population-based budget.  Maryland “promised” the federal government that by the end of 2018, 80% of hospital revenue in the state, for state residents, would shift away more »


The Governor

Yes, that’s me standing next to Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania.  After only five months in office, Governor Wolf is demonstrating his commitment to improving the health of the population in our Commonwealth.  I was privileged to be part of a small group of outsiders with expertise in health care issues who were invited to more »


Guest Commentary: Systems Engineering for Population Health

James F. Pelegano, MD, MSProgram DirectorMaster of Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety/Management This is the first in a series of blog posts previewing the Twelfth Population Health & Care Coordination Colloquium, taking place February 27-29 at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott Hotel. When we use the phrase “systems engineering” it is not unusual to immediately more »


Guest Commentary: Third Annual Schweitzer Day of Service – North Philadelphia

Nicole Cobb Moore, MAGreater Philadelphia Program DirectorAlbert Schweitzer Fellowship “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” – Albert Schweitzer The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF)’s Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellows more »


Population Health Colloquium 2012 in Philadelphia

The 2012 Population Health Colloquium will be the biggest and the best ever!! All of the major policy leaders in our field will be coming to Philadelphia from February 27through the 29th at the Marriott Convention Center Hotel. Outstanding speakers including Mike McCallister from Humana, Peggy O Kane from the NCQA, Richard Baron from the more »


Guest Commentary: Vaccine Hesitancy Leading to Lower Immunization Rates

Ruth S. Gubernick, MPH I am the proud grandmother of a 5-month-old granddaughter whose parents are having her immunized by her pediatrician, according to the Recommended Immunization Schedule, approved by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Recent articles and a more »


What a year!!!

As I reflect on 2011, from a health policy perspective, it has been quite a year indeed. Berwick is out, ACOs are in, and costs continue to rise. Employers are trying everything and corporate wellness and prevention is the “new green”. The lines separating payers, providers and purchasers are blurring every single day as insurance more »


Guest Commentary: CMS Continues to Raise Stakes on Quality Measurement

This is the third in a series of blog postings summarizing issues, methods and results from current research in the Center for Value in Healthcare. We will be presenting a JSPH Forum entitled “Translating Research into Policy and Practice” on January 11th, 2012 with more details of the Center’s work. Valerie P. Pracilio, MPH, Project more »


Guest Commentary: Physician Profiling in Emilia-Romagna Italy: A Tool for Quality Improvement

Vittorio Maio, PharmD, MS, MSPH,Associate Professorand Valerie Pracilio, MPH, Project Managerfor Quality ImprovemementJefferson School of Population Health This is the second in a series of blog postings summarizing issues, methods and results from current research in the Center for Value in Healthcare. We will be presenting a JSPH Forum entitled “Translating Research into Policy and more »

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