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Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz Speaks at Temple University Hospital

December 4, 2013

 

Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz Speaks at Temple University Hospital

Image: TUH physicians and staff give Rep. Schwartz a tour of Temple University Hospital's Cardiology Pavilion. Standing next to Rep. Schwartz (on the right) is her son, Daniel Schwartz, MD, who is a heart failure specialist at Temple.

 

U.S. Representative Allyson Schwartz (PA-13) visited Temple University Hospital (TUH) on November 27 to deliver an address at surgical grand rounds in the Erny Auditorium titled, Transforming the American Healthcare System: Policy Perspectives on the Future of Medicine.

 

Temple Health's Dean & CEO Larry Kaiser, MD, FACS, introduced Rep. Schwartz as a champion of academic medicine, noting that she is the founder and chair of the bipartisan Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus, and that she works closely with Temple University School of Medicine and other medical schools, teaching hospitals, and physicians to ensure access to quality, affordable care.

 

"As one of the leading policy-makers on the nation's healthcare system, Congresswoman Schwartz has been a strong proponent of healthcare coverage expansion and access to primary care as means to improve the health of all Americans,' said Dr. Kaiser.

 

In her presentation, Rep. Schwartz detailed how various aspects of the Affordable Care Act are intended to improve access to care, for example, by mandating enhancements to preventive care coverage, ending coverage exclusions for pre-existing conditions, allowing dependents to remain insured under their parents' policies until age 26, and closing the "donut-hole" Medicare coverage gap for prescription drugs for seniors. She acknowledged problems with the rollout of the federal health insurance exchange website (healthcare.gov) which she expects to be corrected.

 

Rep. Schwartz also discussed legislation that she has introduced, including a bill to increase the number of federally-funded residency slots to avert impending physician shortages, and a bill to replace Medicare's scheduled physician reimbursement cuts with alternative care delivery/reimbursement models that incent better care coordination, quality, and savings.

 

Rep. Schwartz lauded Temple's Community Healthcare Worker program as "leading the way in post-acute care" by connecting vulnerable community members with needed services to preserve good health and continuity of care at low cost.

"We take it for granted that healthcare will always be there when we need it," Rep. Schwartz said at the conclusion of her presentation. "We have to fight for it … and it's important that you have the reimbursement, the funding, and the tools necessary to be successful."

 

After her talk, Rep. Schwartz toured TUH's Cardiology Pavilion with physicians and staff, including her son, Daniel Schwartz, MD, who is a cardiovascular disease specialist at TUH.