Tag: Checking Up On Health

Friday Facts: June 13, 2014

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note  “Sometimes I think my papa is an accordion. When he looks at me and smiles and breathes, I hear the notes.” – Markus Zusak, “The Book Thief” “Over and over again courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging one’s affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everybody does so, rich or poor; and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands: taxes are enforced exactions, not voluntary contributions. To demand more in the name of morals is mere cant.” – Judge Learned Hand  “We may as well face the fact, and face it squarely, that we are too much governed.… View Article

Checking Up On Health: June 10, 2014

Health Policy News and Views  Compiled by Benita M. Dodd It’s the summer, so I’m going to give you a break (as opposed to a fracture) and try to keep it light. Although that, of course, depends on your perspective. For example … Are mosquitoes victimizing you? Watch this video by Business Insider to find out what makes you a prime target. Hint: larger people, rare microbes and heavy breathing are mosquito magnets. Looked at another way, it makes a case for reducing carbon emissions. … So, shallow breaths, everyone. Physicians cutting costs, but not in the way you think: The Associated Press cites a report that more than 2,500 Georgia doctors don’t have malpractice insurance, which can leave… View Article

Friday Facts: May 30, 2014

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note  “There is no surer way to misread any document than to read it literally. … As nearly as we can, we must put ourselves in the place of those who uttered the words, and try to divine how they would have dealt with the unforeseen situation; and, although their words are by far the most decisive evidence of what they would have done, they are by no means final.” – Judge Learned Hand “It’s not what you say, it’s what people hear.” – Frank Luntz “Start each day with a task completed. Find someone to help you through life. Respect everyone. Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often, but if… View Article

Checking Up On Health: May 27, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd According to protocol: How will already-busy emergency departments handle the extra business coming their way under ObamaCare, physician Peter Ubel wondered in a recent Forbes column. He noted: “Currently, many hospitals make lots of money providing expensive emergency room care to patients with private insurance or even Medicare. We need to change incentives, so it is not in hospitals’ best interest to prolong observational care.” Ubel cites a solution that Health Affairs reported in a recent study: protocol-driven observation units. An observation unit, typically adjacent to the ER, is where patients stay briefly so that their symptoms can be evaluated. “Clinically speaking, these patients are ‘tweeners’ –… View Article

Friday Facts: May 23, 2014

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note  “It is endemic to government blunders; the guilty bureaucrats begin to deny, obfuscate and point fingers – in essence, cover up their failings.” – Merrill Matthews “The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more.” – Michelle Obama “The economy is not fixed in size, with the only question being one of distribution. Rather, the entire pie can grow, with more resources available to all.” – Michael Tanner “The problem with energy efficiency is that it only concerns itself with reducing energy consumption. This… View Article

Checking Up On Health: May 20, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Georgia’s engaged hospitals: Kudos to Georgia’s Tanner Medical Center in Villa Rica, which ranks 46th on the list of 100 top hospitals for patient engagement in the inaugural National Patient Engagement Ranking by Becker’s Hospital Review and Axial Exchange. Tanner scored 78 out of 100. Emory University Hospital (Atlanta) scored 74.3and came in 89th. The national ranking evaluated all 3,077 U.S. hospitals’ engagement efforts based on an analysis of publicly available data, including readmissions, patient satisfaction and the extent to which organizations offered information and tools that help engage patients in self care. Telemedicine: ABC News on Monday night had a report on “a brand-new high-tech medical service called… View Article

Friday Facts: May 9, 2014

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note  “[N]ow that I am drawing to the close of this work, in which I have spoken of so many important things done by the Americans, to what the singular prosperity and growing strength of that people ought mainly to be attributed, I should reply: to the superiority of their women.” – Alexis de Tocqueville “If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” – Milton Berle “When I think of my children and grandchildren, yes, they’ll have to fight. Liberty can’t be had on the cheap. But it’s not a hopeless fight. It’s not a hopeless fight by any means. I remain basically an optimist.” – Gary S. Becker, University of Chicago economist View Article

Checking Up On Health: May 6, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Good news, bad news: Merck & Co. has agreed to buy rival  Schering-Plough Corp. for $41.1 billion, just six weeks over Pfizer announced it is buying Wyeth for $68 billion and even as Roche Holding AG finalizes its purchase of the remaining shares of Genentech Inc. The Wall Street Journal calls it “the latest attempt by pharmaceutical companies to diversify as they seek to weather the recession and cope with the unpredictability of drug development.” The good news is they’ll survive. The bad news is it means less pharmaceutical R&D. The newspaper puts it this way: “The pace of drug discovery has since slowed amid tougher regulatory scrutiny, and… View Article

Friday Facts: May 2, 2014

It’s Friday! Events  May 7: Register by MONDAY to attend ‘Concierge Care for the Little Guy,” the Foundation’s 8.a.m. Leadership Breakfast at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Dr. Lee Gross, co-founder of Epiphany Health, a Direct Primary Care company, will explain how individuals can afford coverage and care. This event is open to the public and is $25 to attend. Find out more and register at http://bit.ly/1gRToJZ. Health Care Forum May 7: At its May 7-9 Forum at the Galleria Centre, the Institute for Healthcare Consumerism hosts the first face-to-face “Great Debate” between two of the nation’s most influential health care experts, John Goodman, a key thought leader for free market solutions and Dr. Kenneth Thorpe, who worked… View Article

Checking Up On Health: April 29, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Have you heard of Direct Primary Care? It’s also known as “concierge care for the little guy.” Find out more about this health care option at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s May 7 Leadership Breakfast at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Register to attend “Concierge Care for the Little Guy,” keynoted by Dr. Lee S.Gross,** co-founder and Senior Vice President of Epiphany Health. Epiphany is a health care program created primarily for individuals and families who either don’t qualify for health insurance, can’t afford traditional insurance or aren’t offered health benefits though their place of employment. **Dr. Gross is among the health care experts participating in a health… View Article

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