Health Care Policy

Scaling the model of care for patients with opioid use disorder

Data show that concurrent with the opioid overdose crisis, there has been an increase in hospitalizations of people with opioid use disorder. One in ten of these hospitalized medical or surgical patients have comorbid opioid-related diagnoses.

From Penn Nursing News

100 years of insulin

On July 27, 1921, Canadian doctors Frederick Banting and Charles Best successfully isolated the hormone insulin, one of the most important breakthroughs in treating diabetes. Experts from around the University share their thoughts on the medical triumph on the 100th anniversary.

Kristen de Groot

Advocating reimbursement parity for nurse practitioners

The current Medicare reimbursement policy for nurse practitioners allows them to directly bill Medicare for services that they perform, but they are reimbursed at only 85% of the physician rate. A new Penn Nursing article argues that payment parity is essential.

From Penn Nursing News

In the News

N.J. kids on Medicaid deserve equal access to specialty care

Alycia Bischof of the School of Nursing advocated for a New Jersey bill that, if signed into law, would allow Medicaid patients to access specialty care without having to travel more than 60 minutes or file an appeal for out-of-network coverage.


The New York Times

Pandemic relief bill fulfills Biden’s promise to expand Obamacare, for two years

PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel spoke about provisions within the coronavirus relief bill that expand subsidies for health insurance purchased under the Affordable Care Act. “For people that are eligible but not buying insurance it’s a financial issue, and so upping the subsidies is going to make the price point come down,” he said.



Opinion: Would you want your parents to live in a nursing home owned by private equity?

Atul Gupta of the Wharton School co-led a study that explored how private equity investments affect nursing home patients. It revealed a 10% increase in mortality for Medicare patients in such facilities.


The New York Times

Pandemic lessons in improving the medical system

Amol Navathe of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the high cost of health care in the U.S. “Our system is set up to produce a lot of health care but not necessarily a lot of health,” he said.


The Hill

How the pandemic is changing medicine

PIK Professor Jonathan D. Moreno and the Law School’s Stephen N. Xenakis wrote that the pandemic could change many countries’ approaches to public health. “The battle against the virus presents an opportunity to recalibrate our health care system as well as advance our practices,” they wrote.


KCRW Radio (Santa Monica, Calif.)

How will COVID-19 leave its mark on health care?

Amol Navathe of the Perelman School of Medicine says the American health care system has demonstrated its adaptability during the past three months and called for both a new financial model and greater investments in technology.