Tag: Medicare

Checking Up On Health: May 21, 2013

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Coverage doesn’t mean care: Jonathan Ingram, Illinois Policy Institute Senior Fellow, recalls in his blog that in 2010, medical researchers at the University of California analyzed a decade of emergency room visit data provided by the National Center for Health Statistics. ” They found that Medicaid patients were seven times as likely as privately insured patients to use emergency rooms for preventable conditions. In fact, Medicaid patients were nearly three times as likely as the uninsured to use emergency rooms for preventable conditions. During that decade, the odds of using emergency rooms for preventable conditions went down by 10 to 15 percent for both privately insured and uninsured patients,… View Article

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

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
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

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

Checking Up On Health: March 26, 2013

  Benita DoddVice PresidentGeorgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd  Foundation event: 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 23 (The date was incorrect last week.), 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… View Article

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