Tag: Federal Health Care Reform

Checking Up On Health: September 4, 2012

Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Benita M. Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation On common ground: The Galen Institute held a forum at last week’s Republican National Convention; the panel that included Georgia’s two physician Congressmen, Tom Price and Phil Gingrey. Medpage Today reports that there was agreement that there could be bipartisan consensus on a health care approach. People from both parties can agree on some health care principles, said U.S. Rep Tom Price of Georgia, an orthopedic surgeon. “We agree that health care needs to be affordable for everybody, accessible for everybody, it needs to be of the highest quality and there absolutely must be choices for patients. That’s the common ground.”… View Article

Checking Up On Health

Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Benita M. Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation 3D printing to build body parts:  Science fiction becomes reality at the Wake Forest Institute for regenerative medicine. Its lab has created the world’s first engineered urethra. First, researchers take a very small piece of tissue from a patient’s bladder. Then, they grow the cells outside the body and put the tailor-made urethra right back in the patient. Doctors were able to give five boys in Mexico who suffered pelvic injuries new urethras.  Researchers also are using a printer to create lab-grown ears. So far, it’s worked in animals. A CT scan of the existing ear generates a pattern that scientists… View Article

Checking Up On Health Care

Benita M. DoddVice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs July 31, 2012 Compiled by Benita M. DoddWhere have all the doctors gone? What if you added to the ranks of insured individuals but didn’t have the medical staff to care for them? Americans may be about to find out. Roughly one-third of the country’s physician workforce plans to retire or leave their practice in the next 10 years, according to Georgia-based Jackson Healthcare’s Physician Practice Trends Survey 2012. The top two factors for leaving were economic factors and federal health care reform. The general physicians most likely to leave medicine within 10 years include general surgeons, family practitioners, emergency medicine physicians and obstetricians/gynecologists. Specialists most… View Article
By Grace-Marie Turner Grace-Marie Turner, President, Galen Institute So just how much is that new ObamaCare tax going to cost you? For some people, a lot more than you have been hearing. The individual mandate section of the health overhaul law outlines the structure of the “taxes” that must be paid by those who don’t buy government-approved health insurance – starting at $95 a year the first year for individuals. Many people are thinking it will be much cheaper to simply pay the tax than to buy policies that will cost thousands of dollars more. Most news reports have emphasized that refusal to comply with the health insurance mandate subjects these “scofflaws” to a “modest fee.” But some citizens could… View Article

Checking Up on Health

Health Policy Briefs: April 24, 2012 Compiled by Benita Dodd Dulling the pain of Medicare cuts: The Government Accountability Office published a report Monday titled, “Quality Bonus Payment Demonstration Undermined by High Estimated Costs and Design Shortcomings.” It appears the administration has been doling out cash from an $8.3 billion fund to temporarily cushion the blow from Medicare Advantage cuts, according to a Washington Examiner editorial, which calls the demonstration program, “a blatant attempt to stave off seniors’ disapproval with Obamacare’s effects in an election year.” While most seniors still use the program’s fee-for-service system, with the government billed directly by doctors and hospitals for all health received, more than 12 million, or a quarter of all Medicare recipients,… View Article

Checking Up on Health

Health Policy Briefs: April 17, 2012 Compiled by Benita Dodd Show me the money: Georgia ranks 11th out of the top 20 states that have received funds distributed across the nation under President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a new tool released by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The tool, which tracks all funds received by states, local governments, employers and others to implement parts of the law, reveals that Georgia received $306.6 million, or 2.5 percent of the funds – the most in the Southeast. As of April 2, the PPACA has awarded more than $12.06 billion in health care grants and funds. California ranks No.1, with $1.142 billion (9.5 percent). Source: Becker’s Hospital View Article

Health Policy Checkup

Health Policy Briefs April 3, 2012 Compiled by Benita Dodd Breast cancer surgery or not? In the Health Policy Checkup of February 14 we recommended “Overdiagnosed,” the eye-opening book by Dr. H. Gilbert Welch that reveals the unhealthy impact of too much health care. Excessive medical screening and diagnostic treating in asymptomatic people can produce overtreatment. The quest to detect health problems as early as possible is often more harmful than helpful, as Welch points out. Now comes a study out of Norway that estimates that between 15 percent and 25 percent of breast cancers found by mammograms wouldn’t have caused any problems during a woman’s lifetime, but these tumors were being treated anyway. Researchers estimated that for every 2,500… View Article

Checking up on Health Care

 Health Policy Briefs: March 27, 2012 Compiled by Benita M. Dodd  The U.S. Supreme Court heads into its third day of oral arguments on the Obama administration’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Wednesday.    To get a perspective that digs deeper than the mainstream media, visit these links provided by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation Click here for coverage of Day 1 at the U.S. Supreme Court from the Heritage Foundation.   Today, on Day 2 of deliberations, reports Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation, “The funniest answer in the two hours (although there was no laughter in the courtroom) was when [Solicitor General Donald Verrelli, who was defending the law] claimed that Congress had passed… View Article
By Mike Klein Monday morning millions will pay attention via media reports but only a few dozen will be inside when the U.S. Supreme Court begins three days of arguments that will decide the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s federal health care reform law.  Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens will be among those few who have a seat in the Court where history will begin to unfold. “We won’t know the opinion until the end of June,” Attorney General Olens said this week when he discussed the case before Georgia Public Policy Foundation members and guests.  The lawsuit that reached the U.S. Supreme Court is just one of several filed nationally that all had the same goal: Throw out the… View Article
By Mike Klein A behind-the-scenes coalition that believes the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn the federal health care reform law is working on a new health insurance strategy for Georgia. Almost certainly, this summer’s biggest headline will be the Supreme Court decision to uphold or overturn the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which President Barack Obama’s administration counts as one of its finest achievements.  Two federal appellate courts upheld the law and one rejected it.  Supreme Court arguments are scheduled for the final week of March. Federal law trumps state law, so nothing in the evolving state strategy could be implemented in Georgia if the Supreme Court upholds the federal health care reform law.  The Georgia Public Policy Foundation… View Article

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