Tag: Health Insurance

Checking Up On Health: July 15, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD Don’t believe the middleman makes a huge difference in health care? Listen carefully the next time you’re at the doctor. I’ve become a believer in direct primary care. It’s a little like a health club membership, where you sign an agreement to use the facility’s services. Unlike the elite concierge doctors of the USA Network show, “Royal Pains,” this affordable model is also called “concierge care for the little guy.” The difference health insurance makes in the price point was reinforced after my recent visit to an imaging center. The assistant offered me the option to file a health insurance claim or pay $130 up front.… View Article

Checking Up On Health: June 24, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD My pet peeve when I visit the doctor’s office is waiting. I arrive on time. Then I wait. I don’t touch the magazines – I mean, sick people visit the doctor’s office! I play with the iPad. I text. I attempt to diagnose patients’ ailments and personalities. Most of all, I seethe. I know that if I made the doctor wait for me, I’d lose my place in line and they wouldn’t accommodate me. And if I didn’t turn up at all, they’d charge me for the missed appointment. Making me wait, I feel, is a sign of disrespect and disregard for my time. Is my time not… View Article

Checking Up On Health: June 17, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD I’m lucky enough to have a window office in a business complex that includes a dialysis center, a Lasik surgery center and a cosmetic surgery center. As I like to say, you can walk through the complex and get your eyes fixed and your nose fixed before you stop by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation here to get your philosophy fix … Needless to say, I see my fair share of ambulances, sometimes dropping off or picking up, but quite often racing in with lights flashing. I never know what’s gone wrong. But physicians do know what can go wrong. Which is why this blog entry by Patrick View Article

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: May 27, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA 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… View Article

Checking Up On Health: May 20, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA 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 View Article

Checking Up On Health: May 6, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA 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… 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
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT April 24, 2014 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Foundation’s May 7 Event: ‘Concierge Care for the Little Guy’ Atlanta – How do we provide access to health care for the uninsured? How do we put patients in control? How do we promote price transparency? Learn about, “Concierge Care for the Little Guy,” at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The keynote speaker is Dr. Lee Gross, co-founder of Epiphany Health, a Direct Primary Care company. He will explain how, with the concept of Direct Primary Care, individuals can afford coverage and care.This event is open to the public… View Article

Checking Up On Health: April 22, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled By Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD Happy Earth Day! Isn’t it a great place to be?! I visited my longtime physician for my (kind of) annual physical this week. This is the pout I shared on Facebook afterward:   Story time, children: My arm has been hurting for a while – I think it’s tendinitis – so I decided to schedule my annual physical and kill two birds with one stone.  After waiting an hour past my appointment time to see the doctor today, she comes in.  “Hold on. I need to check with the desk what kind of exam we’re doing.”  Comes back and does a cursory exam — reflexes, ears, throat, chest.  … View Article

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