Tag: Checking Up On Health

Checking Up On Health: January 22, 2013

Benita M. Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd The trials of running clinical trials: About 89 percent of clinical trials meet their enrollment goals but 48 percent of trial sites miss enrollment and timeline goals, according to the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. About 90 percent of drugmakers and research organizations use conventional methods such as physician referrals and mass media advertising to enroll participants. Considering how many of us use WebMD and Google to diagnose our ailments, it’s a real surprise that only 14 percent of these organizations use social media, online data mining and electronic health records to recruit participants. … In a related View Article

Friday Facts: January 18, 2013

January 18, 2013 It’s Friday! Events January 24, 2013: The deadline is Tuesday to register for the Foundation’s first Leadership Breakfast of 2013, “Moving Georgia Ahead: What’s Coming Down the Pike.” The 8 a.m. event at Cobb County’s Georgian Club will be keynoted by Robert W. Poole, Senior Fellow at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, co-founder of the Reason Foundation and Reason’s director of transportation policy. Poole, who attended the Transportation Research Board’s meeting this week in Washington, D.C., will provide an update on the outlook for transportation policy and funding. Registration is $25; register here: http://tinyurl.com/y27h3dk. Mark your calendar: Upcoming speakers at Foundation Leadership Breakfasts include Randal O’Toole of the Cato Institute on February… View Article

Checking Up On Health: January 15, 2013

  Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd So much for individual responsibility: Merrill Matthews, resident scholar at the Institute for Policy Innovation, has two articles that should be of concern to every American about to be walloped by the mandates in the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:  One, in Forbes magazine, notes that employers have been sent “an IRS warning that any efforts to avoid the ObamaCare mandate to provide coverage or pay a penalty (or is it a tax?) will not go unpunished.” The notice refers to “proposed regulations providing guidance under section 4980H of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) with respect to the shared responsibility View Article

Checking Up On Health: January 8, 2013

  Health Policy Briefs Compiled By Benita M. Dodd  Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Happy New Year!   What if you don’t want Medicare? That’s too bad, according to the U.S. Supreme Court, which on Monday turned away a challenge from former House Majority Leader Dick Armey and other Social Security recipients who say they have the right to reject Medicare in favor of continuing health coverage from private insurers. Without comment, the justices let stand a federal appeals court ruling that held that there is no way for people who receive Social Security to reject Medicare benefits. Armey, a Texas Republican, and two other former federal employees say private insurance covers more than Medicare. Two other plaintiffs… View Article

Friday Facts: December 21, 2012

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.” – Aesop “I do come home at Christmas. We all do, or we all should. We all come home, or ought to come home, for a short holiday – the longer, the better – from the great boarding school where we are forever working at our arithmetical slates, to take, and give a rest.” – Charles Dickens Support your Foundation Reminder: An influential Christmas gift as 2012 draws to a close is a tax-deductible contribution to the Georgia Public Policy Foundation! To contribute any amount to our mission of a better Georgia, please go to georgiapolicy.org/get-involved/donate/. Your support is greatly appreciated.… View Article

Checking Up On Health: December 18

    Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd The fault lies in our genes: Normal, healthy people are walking around with a surprisingly large number of mutations in their genes, according to researchers. It’s been well known that everyone has flaws in their DNA, though, for the most part, the defects are harmless. It’s been less clear, however, just how many mistakes are lurking in someone’s genes. Researchers analyzed the DNA of 179 people from the United States, Japan, China and Nigeria who had volunteered to have their entire genetic blueprints deciphered through the 1,000 Genomes project. Now, in a paper appearing in the American Journal of Human Genetics, the… View Article

Friday Facts: December 14, 2012

 It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note  “When you can’t afford what you’ve already got, why would you try to buy into more?” – Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, explaining why Georgia will not expand its Medicaid rolls  “The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” – Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Taylor (May 28, 1816)  “With President Obama’s reelection and his commitment to investing in infrastructure, one cannot blame the transportation community for feeling hopeful. But with the country’s budget realities and debt limit negotiations constraining the president’s ability to push for ambitious new spending programs, transportation policy is not likely to receive high priority… View Article

Checking Up On Health: December 11, 2012

Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Americans are living longer, with fewer deaths from heart disease and cancer, but more chronic illnesses, according to the 2012 America’s Health Rankings. The report highlights troubling levels of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and sedentary behavior. Medical advances are allowing more people to live with those conditions. Americans “are living longer, sicker” with more chronic illness, says Reed Tuckson of the United Health Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation that sponsors the report with the American Public Health Association and the Partnership for Prevention. Where did Georgia rank among the states? No. 36. No. 1 was Vermont; tied for the bottom of the… View Article

Checking Up On Health: December 4, 2012

Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Benita M. DoddVice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation And then what? The American Medical Association reports that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid will raise Medicaid payments to primary care physicians to 100 percent of Medicare rates for the calendar years 2013 and 2014. Nationally, Medicaid’s average payment rate for physician services is just two-thirds of what Medicare pays. States will receive an additional $11 billion to cover the additional payments. OB/GYNs and emergency room doctors will not receive a pay increase. (In Georgia, 52 percent of births were covered by Medicaid in 2010.)   You WILL be well: With wellness programs becoming such an important tool in managing long-term health benefit costs,… View Article

Checking Up On Health: November 27

Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd  The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has been out and about for the past two weeks, but we’re back in the office with the latest news on health care regulations, policy, technology and biotech in today’s Checking Up On Health!   Health care on a budget: How much is too much for a cancer drug treatment? Top health care experts meeting at the Institute of Medicine last month warned the nation’s 15,000 oncologists and their patients: Learn to deliver cancer care at lower costs or watch limits being imposed by the government and insurance companies. Merrill Goozner, senior correspondent for The Fiscal Times in Washington, D.C.,… View Article

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