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 »


More on Accountable Care Organizations

The Jefferson School of Population Health just finished hosting a special two day invitation only advisory board on the current status of Health Reform. We had one dozen experts from all around the nation convene on our campus for a two day discussion of the details and an update on implementation challenges. It was sobering more »


A National Quality Strategy—FINALLY

For persons like me, the recent debut of the National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care, and the subsequent release of the Partnership for Patients, is an amazing confluence of events with roots deep in the quality and safety movement. The National Strategy, released in late March 2011 calls for sweeping changes in the more »


Population Health Colloquium–MARCH 2011

As the nation comes to grip with all the implications of Health Reform, and a renewed interest in work site wellness, prevention, care coordination and value based purchasing, the School of Population Health is presenting a forum to explore all of these issues. The Population Health Colloquium is a three day event co-located with two more »


NASH on the Road

Since Labor Day 2010 I have been traveling back and forth across our nation discussing all aspects of Health Reform—from the impact on quality and safety to the implementation of an Accountable Care Organization. I have found most persons to be very confused about this complex legislation. I have also found that Academic Medical Centers more »


Greater Philadelphia Assoc of Health Underwriters– GPAHU

Health Underwriters are the real sales force for insurance carriers across the nation. One of their largest membership organizations is here in Philadelphia–the Greater Philadelphia Assoc of Health Underwriters. I had the privilege of giving the plenary address to their entire 500 strong membership on Thursday, October 7th. I was asked to “sort out” health more »


JSPH Annual Summer Seminar

On Thursday July 22nd, the Connelly Auditorium in the Hamilton Building on our campus was overflowing with attendees to the Annual JSPH Summer Seminar.Our topic this year focused on implementing health reform in Pennsylvania. With faculty from the region and other schools on our campus too, we were able to present a detailed review of more »


Reflections on Two Plenaries

In the past two weeks I traveled to Chicago twice to deliver two plenary talks on topics of great concern to the faculty and students of the Jefferson School of Population Health. On June 3rd, at the Association of American Medical Colleges Second Annual Meeting on Integrating Quality (IQ)into the Medical College Curriculum I admonished more »


Health Reform Passes–NOW WHAT??

The US House of Representatives, and then the US Senate, passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act just a few short weeks ago. While much has been written about the bill, I would like to drill into some of the lesser known components of this landmark legislation. For example, I was happy to learn more »



The President clearly wants to “get moving” on reform of the health care system but tonight was not the night for any details. This is a fight that he will not back away from but he is calling a sort of time out if you will, a chance for tempers to cool and to re-examine more »

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