Tag: Georgia policy

Friday Facts: April 5, 2013

 It’s Friday! Events April 23: “Telehealth: Taking Health Care to The Next Level,” is the topic of the Foundation’s next Leadership Breakfast, at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The moderator is Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald of the Georgia Department of Public Health, with telemedicine expert panelists Dr. Jeffrey English, Dr. Jeffrey Grossman and Paula Guy of the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth. The cost is $25 to attend; register online at http://tinyurl.com/ck6v4yt. (Attire: business, business casual.) Quotes of Note “The problem we have had in almost all Western countries is that nominally they say they are decentralizing, but effectively they’ve [given] more and more power to the central government. You… View Article

Partnerships Needed in Overhaul of MARTA

By John Keys  The 2013 Georgia General Assembly discussion on “MARTA privatization”– a concept initially required in specific areas in proposed legislation – became a zero-sum game proposition, in which “one side” was seen as losing everything and the “other side” winning everything if it became law.  Legislators were seemingly in the position of having to choose one “winner,” with no middle ground available between both positions. There is a middle ground in the debate on this issue, however. It is to require that MARTA not be forced to rely exclusively on “privatization” to accomplish parts of its work tasks, but to require that MARTA adopt the working concept of using “transit partnerships” to do its job.  Transit partnerships would… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT INVITATION April 3, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Register for April 23 Foundation Event on Telehealth in Georgia Atlanta – “Telehealth: Taking Health Care to the Next Level,” is the topic of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, with panelists Dr. Jeffrey English of the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Atlanta, Dr. Jeffrey Grossman of Peachtree Spine and Pain Physicians, and Paula Guy, CEO of the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth. This event is $25 to attend. Register by Friday, April 19, 2013, View Article

Checking Up On Health: April 2, 2013

  Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd No shopping for health plans yet: The New York Times reports that the Obama administration is unable to meet “tight” deadlines in the “new” (2010) federal health care law, so it is delaying parts of a program intended to provide affordable health insurance to small businesses and their employees. The Small Business Health Options Program, or SHOP, is supposed to provide small employers with an insurance marketplace, or exchange, that offers multiple plan options starting in 2014. But in most states, employers will instead be limited to a single plan until 2015. Miracles of telemedicine: When 5-year-old Piper Gibson was hospitalized in Oklahoma City last summer with frightening… View Article

Friday Facts: March 29, 2012

It’s Friday! If you missed the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s Annual Dinner on Wednesday night, you missed a great event. About 250 supporters heard a rousing keynote speech from The Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore. To see the Foundation’s brief video presentation at the Annual Dinner, go here: http://tinyurl.com/boxm5k5. Mission accomplished! Thank you to all our friends, who helped us meet our goal and even pushed us beyond 2,000 “likes” on Facebook in the middle of our Annual Dinner! View the latest Quotes of Note, Policy Points, EduFacts and Foundation photos at facebook.com/GeorgiaPolicy. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/gppf. Quotes of Note “Those have a short Lent, who owe money to be paid at Easter.” – Benjamin View Article

Time to End the Medical Device Tax

By Tim Lusby The most ill-conceived federal sales tax law took effect this year, created by the Executive and Legislative branches and their staff attorneys who obviously have never made a payroll or managed a business.  Section 1405(a) of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, which amended the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, requires any “manufacturer, producer, or importer” of taxable medical devices to pay a tax equal to 2.3 percent of the sale price of the device. This is a nonpartisan issue. The United States Senate approved an amendment recently to end the tax by a margin of 79 to 20. Unfortunately, the amendment was attached to the nonbinding Senate budget resolution that will never pass in… View Article

What Farmers Can Teach Physicians

  By Dr. Jeffrey Grossman In 1900, one-third of the American labor force was committed to agricultural production. In 1950, food consumed at home was 22 percent of a household’s disposable income. By 1998, that percentage had dropped to 7 percent. This dramatic decrease in the cost of food was directly attributable to improved productivity through technology and the implementation of that technology. While this astounding increase in farmers’ productivity did create economic instability and the virtual abandonment of many rural Southern farming towns, the development of U.S. agriculture is overall a great success story. This transformational change in agriculture threatened many people’s livelihoods, particularly the small farmer. Many farmers banded together to form organizations and trade associations to protect… View Article

Georgia Can Lead Again on Juvenile Justice Reform

By Newt Gingrich and Kelly McCutchen Years of profound dysfunction in Washington have eroded Americans’ confidence in government. Our national leaders have lost virtually all their credibility when it comes to addressing society’s most pressing challenges. Fortunately, just as our Founders intended, states are increasingly finding innovative policy solutions for many of these problems. Can you imagine Congress ever accomplishing such a feat? Now Georgia has the opportunity to apply those same conservative convictions to its juvenile justice system by adopting the recommendations of the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform.  After months of research last year, the bipartisan Council produced proposals that will stop wasteful government spending and help more of Georgia’s young offenders fulfill their promise to lead… View Article

Checking Up On Health: March 19, 2013

Health policy news and views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Upcoming Foundation event on telehealth: Find out what’s happening around the nation and in Georgia – and what needs to happen – when it comes to innovative implementation of telehealth for greater efficiency, greater cost-effectiveness, better quality, better access and a better patient experience. Register now for, “Telehealth: Taking Health Care to the Next Level,” a Georgia Public Policy Foundation Leadership Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The panel discussion is moderated by Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, with panelists Dr. Jeffrey English of the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Atlanta, Dr. Jeffrey Grossman of Peachtree Spine and… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT INVITATION March 19, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Registration Open for, ‘Telehealth: Taking Health Care to the Next Level,’ A Georgia Public Policy Foundation Leadership Breakfast on April 23 Atlanta — The health care industry has embraced opportunities provided by information technology in numerous ways. But policy and politics still handicap the medical community when it comes to fully incorporating telemedicine and, more broadly, telehealth.  Find out what’s happening around the nation and in Georgia – and what needs to happen – when it comes to innovative implementation of telehealth for greater efficiency, greater cost-effectiveness, better quality, better access and a better patient experience. Register NOW for, “Telehealth: Taking Health Care View Article

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