Tag: Health Insurance

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
By Russ Lipari  Marshall Memorial Fellows are a select group of emerging U.S. leaders in an annual, 24-day program to expose them to a changing and expanding Europe. This year, Russ Lipari was one of three Georgia participants among 50 selected from across the nation and traveled across Europe studying health care systems. We passed through security in an eight-story building in downtown Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. On the sixth floor, it took two wrong turns before we found the door marked 14 where we were to meet with the head of the country’s largest insurance company, VZP.  We exchanged pleasantries and I had my at bat, a rapid fire of questions in hopes of gaining a better… View Article

Checking Up On Health: October 30

  Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Poking around for news on health care regulations, policy, technology and biotechnology can reveal some interesting tidbits that the average newspaper reader is unlikely to uncover. For example, the potential for artificial muscles? Promising. The number of health care records breached? Alarming. The chances of catching flu from a pig? Good. You’ll find these tidbits and more in this week’s Checking Up On Health! Nano-muscles: French researchers say they’ve managed to assemble thousands of nano-machines capable of producing a coordinated movement like that of human muscle fibers. The researchers see a multitude of applications in robotics and in the medical field for the… View Article

Friday Facts: October 26, 2012

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” – Napoleon Bonaparte “Just tell them that their wildest dreams will come true if they vote for you.” – Napoleon Dynamite Events January 24, 2013: Just one week after attending the national Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting, Robert W. Poole will keynote, “Moving Georgia Ahead: What’s Coming Down the Pike,” an 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast hosted by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. Poole, a Senior Fellow at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, is a co-founder of the Reason Foundation and its director of transportation policy and Searle Freedom Trust Transportation Fellow. He will provide an update on… View Article

Checking Up On Health

Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs Compiled By Benita M. Dodd ObamaCare burden: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has cost states and private companies $27.6 billion to date in new regulations, according to an analysis by the American Action Forum. The AAF stresses that this is the cost FLOOR, not the cost CEILING!  At least $20.4 billion is in lifetime costs on private entities and $7.2 billion in increased burdens on state budgets. AAF said its analysis only considered the published regulatory costs, not any fiscal impacts of the law or any of the ACA’s tax provisions.  Five states will endure at least $1 billion in ACA regulatory costs, according to the analysis View Article

Checking Up On Health

  Benita M. Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs: September 18 Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Why the cost? Becker’s Hospital CEO Report quizzed nine health care professionals, including physicians and former hospital executives, on how U.S. health care costs have gotten out of control in the past 10-plus years and what more needs to be done. Among the reasons they cite in the lengthy article: obesity, the expense and use of advanced U.S. technology and the costs of drugs and medical devices.  “Supply-driven demand” is cited as another reason; for example, when a facility has six MRI machines but needs just one, it may be motivated to create a “need” to use the excess capacity.… View Article
By Benita M. Dodd One of the major missions in establishing the Georgia Public Policy Foundation in 1991 was to provide a “resource bank” for elected officials, policy-makers and citizens interested in implementing commonsense policy in a limited-government environment to facilitate a thriving state economy. Understanding the limited research staff that lawmakers can access regarding Georgia-focused issues, the third annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on Friday, September 21, brings experts and analysts from across the nation to Atlanta.  At this nonpartisan event, co-sponsored by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute, attendees will hear views on moving the state past “the recent unpleasantness” that has roiled the economy. This year, as in the past two years,… View Article

Checking Up On Health

Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Benita M. DoddVice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation “Can markets work in health care?” is the headline of a Forbes magazine article reminding us of a 1974 study that demonstrated how ownership promotes accountability and personal responsibility. RAND researchers randomly assigned more than 7,000 individuals into various types of health insurance policies: ones with completely free care (no cost sharing), ones with a modest deductible (e.g., $200) and 25 percent cost-sharing, and ones with the equivalent of high-deductible policies. All the cost-sharing policies had a maximum upper limit on out-of-pocket spending, meaning once a family spent 10 percent of income on health care, the policy paid 100 percent of the year’s remaining… 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

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