052313_brasfield_headshotDr. Jim Brasfield, professor of management and health services for the Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University, discussed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Oct. 1 with KMOX News Radio and in the article, “Health Insurance Exchanges Open for Business,” in U.S. News & World Report.

In his interviews, he addressed specific areas of the law that take effect on Oct. 1, including the enrollment period for coverage.  According to Brasfield, the ACA is complex with a lot of moving parts.  Read his remarks in U.S. News & World Report.

With a background in health services management, Brasfield is often asked to speak on health policy and local government management.

Health Policy: The Decade Ahead

On September 19, 2011, in Uncategorized, by charlalord

(A review by Benjamin Ola. Akande, Dean, George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, Webster University for The Ladue News)

President Barack Obama address joint session of Congress, September 2011

Last night I watched President Barack Obama deliver an address to a joint session of Congress in a bid to revive the economy with another stimulus package.  The President, as quarterback of our United States, finds himself fourth and long with the need to call a play with a high probability for success.  Almost two years earlier to the day (September 9, 2009), the same President Barack Obama stood in the same place before many of the same political leaders.  “We did not come here just to clean up a crisis,” the president said. “We came here to build a future.  So tonight I return to speak to all of you about an issue that is central to that future – and that is the issue of health care.”

The intersection of the worlds of politics and economics in health care is not episodic, my friend and Webster University colleague Jim Brasfield writes in his new book Health Policy:  The Decade Ahead.  They are a fundamental hallmark.  As a political scientist, the author has studied and dissected the health policy in the U.S. The result is a book which gives a spot-on overview of our U.S. health care system and outlines of what challenges we will be facing in the decade to come.  Brasfield traces the origins of the 46 year old Medicare and Medicaid programs, and analyzes the policy options currently under consideration.  Central to the future of these programs is the sharp division of public and elite opinion about the role of government in the financing of health services.  The book explains the central perspectives in the coming debate about Medicare and Medicaid.

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Brasfield Named Journal Book Review Editor

On February 25, 2010, in In the News, by charlalord

The Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law has named SBT Professor and Chair of Management Jim Brasfield its new book review editor. A leading journal in its field, and the primary source of communication across the

Dr. Jim Brasfield, new book review editor for The Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law

many disciplines it serves, the JHPPL tapped Dr. Brasfield because of his extensive expertise on the initiation, formulation, and implementation of health policy.  As editor, Dr. Brasfield will be the one responsible for tracking the most recent books published in the health policy field and selecting those of the greatest interest to readers for review.  He predicts he will arrange about 20-25 reviews a year.

“Jim has long been a leader, having chaired the Committee on Health Politics within the American Political Science Association from the early 1980s until this past year, when it evolved into the larger and more visible Organized Section on Health Politics,” writes editor Michael S, Sparer in this month’s JHPPL. “Given his deep understanding of the world of health policy, his long-standing connection to JHPPL, and his easygoing Midwestern friendliness, we are thrilled that Jim agreed to take on this new task.”

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