Tag: Health Insurance

Checking Up On Health: May 7, 2013

  Benita Dodd,Vice President, Georgia PublicPolicy Foundation Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd  Getting to the root of the problem: What do gray hairs and vitiligo have in common? They both can be cured by the same medication, according to a new study! First, a mini science lesson: Gray hair is the result of oxidative stress that causes hydrogen peroxide to accumulate in the hair follicle. One of the hallmarks of vitiligo – growing white patches on the skin due to a loss of pigment – is elevated hydrogen peroxide levels in the skin and blood. Basically, both the hair strand and the skin essentially bleach themselves, from the inside out. Researchers were treating patients View Article

Checking Up On Health: April 30, 2013

Benita DoddVice PresidentGeorgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Hospital care spending: Georgia is second only to Utah in a ranking of the states with the lowest hospital care spending per person, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Utah spends $1,830 per person, while Georgia spends $1,922 per person. Alaska is the biggest spender, at $3,879 per person for hospital care. The figures are from 2009, the latest year available. Hospital care includes all services provided by hospitals to patients, such as room and board, ancillary charges and all other services billed by hospitals. Click here to see the list. Interestingly, at $4,948 per person, the District of Columbia far outspends all the… View Article

Friday Facts: April 26, 2013

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note “As your nation grieves for those whose lives the bombers so wantonly and so pointlessly stole, and as it cares for those in whom serious injury has snatched away youth and strength, never apologize for being not only a successful nation but also a good nation, and a good friend to all the Earth.” – Lord Christopher Monckton “What we see on college campuses represents a dereliction of duty by boards of trustees, which bear the ultimate responsibility. Wealthy donors who care about the fraud of higher education should recognize that there’s nothing like the sound of pocketbooks snapping shut to open the closed minds of college administrators.” – Walter Williams “For all of… View Article

Checking Up On Health: April 23, 2013

  Benita DoddVice PresidentGeorgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd  Boston bombing: Scott Rigsby, who was just three minutes from the Boston Marathon finish line last week before the explosions occurred, has launched Aid for Boston, a campaign to support the victims that have loss of limb or mobility from the tragedy. Rigsby, whose Scott Rigsby Foundation is headquartered in Marietta, will offer his services to these family members as they begin to address the personal challenges ahead. Visit www.scottrigsbyfoundation.org to participate in this global campaign. The Scott Rigsby Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to inspire, inform and enable individuals with loss of limb or mobility, to live a healthy, active… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT April 22, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Bulletin! Registration Extended for Telehealth Panel Discussion Atlanta – A last-minute table cancellation has left some seats available, so the Georgia Public Policy Foundation has extended registration until 5 p.m. today for, “Telehealth: Taking Health Care to The Next Level,” the Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. Don’t miss an opportunity to hear the latest in health care innovations for Georgia! This panel discussion is moderated by Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. Panelists are telehealth experts Dr. Jeffrey English of the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Atlanta, Dr. Jeffrey Grossman of… View Article

Checking Up On Health: April 16, 2013

  Benita DoddVice PresidentGeorgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd  There are just a few more seats and just a few more days to register for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s April 23 event on telehealth. The deadline to register is Friday; the cost to attend is $25.  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 for, “Telehealth: Taking Health Care to the Next Level,” a Foundation Leadership Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at Cobb County’s… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT REMINDER April 16, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Register by Friday to attend Foundation Event on Telehealth in Georgia Atlanta – You may have to travel to attend the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s next event, but what if you didn’t have to travel to see a physician? Discover the innovations in Georgia health care at, “Telehealth: Taking Health Care to The Next Level,” the Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The deadline is Friday to register and seats are filling fast for the panel discussion moderated by Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. Panelists are telehealth… 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

  Benita DoddVice PresidentGeorgia Public Policy Foundation 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… 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

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