“The Power to Heal: the Legacy of Medicare and Medicaid” – A Symposium in Recognition of The 50th Anniversary of the Implementation of Medicare

October 21, 2016, Undergraduate Commons, Alter Hall, Fox School of Business, Temple University

The Department of Health Services Administration and Policy in the Temple University College of Public Health and the Graduate Program in Healthcare Management in the Temple University Fox School of Business are presenting a symposium highlighting impacts of Medicare and Medicaid from the 1960s, to the present and beyond. The symposium will focus on the recently published book by Dr. David Smith, Professor Emeritus, entitled, The Power to Heal: Civil Rights, Medicare and the Struggle to Transform America’s Health Care System. Dr. Smith has traced the impact and importance of the landmark Medicare legislation on the process of racial integration in America’s hospitals. This scholarly work is particularly timely given struggles for equality and the elimination of health disparities for minority populations that continue to this day.  Portions of a related PBS documentary that is currently in production will be previewed.

In addition to discussing Dr. Smith’s landmark research, the symposium will also feature presentations by Michael Halpern, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Health Services Administration and Policy, concerning Medicaid’s impact on access to and the effectiveness of cancer care. Edith Mitchel, MD, Professor of Medicine & Medical Oncology, and immediate Past President of the National Medical Association, will discuss her research on access to cancer care and her experience as an African American physician who is concerned about racial disparities.

Issues involving access to care by minority populations remain far from settled. Disparities persist and continued vigilance is absolutely necessary in this area.  Acting on behalf of a coalition of community-based organizations, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest recently filed a civil rights complaint challenging the actions of prestigious New York academic health centers and teaching hospitals.  The complaint identifies services for patients receiving cardiac and endocrine care that are identified as remaining segregated to this day.  Dr. Neil Calman, who led the research effort supporting the complainants, will provide insights from his research and conclude the symposium by outlining proposed steps for eliminating such racial disparities in care delivery.

October 21, 2016, 2:00 – 4:30 PM

Please send any questions to Dr. William Aaronson, Chair, Department of Health Services Administration & Policy, Temple University College of Public Health, william.aaronson@temple.edu.

Posted: October 13, 2016