Tag: Medicare

Checking Up On Health: January 22, 2013

Benita M. Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd The trials of running clinical trials: About 89 percent of clinical trials meet their enrollment goals but 48 percent of trial sites miss enrollment and timeline goals, according to the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. About 90 percent of drugmakers and research organizations use conventional methods such as physician referrals and mass media advertising to enroll participants. Considering how many of us use WebMD and Google to diagnose our ailments, it’s a real surprise that only 14 percent of these organizations use social media, online data mining and electronic health records to recruit participants. … In a related View Article

Funding Dearth Opens Opportunity Under the Gold Dome

By Kelly McCutchen Kelly McCutchen, President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Not everything is off limits to Georgia’s government in an economic recession. On the contrary, the challenge forces Georgia to explore opportunities for fundamental reforms that improve efficiency and effectiveness in the long run. Below are ideas that, if implemented, could help position the state ideally for the future. First, the state can enhance bipartisan criminal justice reforms enacted in 2012 by reforming the juvenile justice system and by protecting innocent owners and their property rights through a reform of civil asset forfeiture law. Then, there’s an ideal opportunity to improve access to justice for victims of medical negligence with patient-centered tort reform. The medical malpractice system works well for… View Article

Checking Up On Health: January 8, 2013

  Health Policy Briefs Compiled By Benita M. Dodd  Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Happy New Year!   What if you don’t want Medicare? That’s too bad, according to the U.S. Supreme Court, which on Monday turned away a challenge from former House Majority Leader Dick Armey and other Social Security recipients who say they have the right to reject Medicare in favor of continuing health coverage from private insurers. Without comment, the justices let stand a federal appeals court ruling that held that there is no way for people who receive Social Security to reject Medicare benefits. Armey, a Texas Republican, and two other former federal employees say private insurance covers more than Medicare. Two other plaintiffs… View Article

Checking Up On Health: December 18

    Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd The fault lies in our genes: Normal, healthy people are walking around with a surprisingly large number of mutations in their genes, according to researchers. It’s been well known that everyone has flaws in their DNA, though, for the most part, the defects are harmless. It’s been less clear, however, just how many mistakes are lurking in someone’s genes. Researchers analyzed the DNA of 179 people from the United States, Japan, China and Nigeria who had volunteered to have their entire genetic blueprints deciphered through the 1,000 Genomes project. Now, in a paper appearing in the American Journal of Human Genetics, the… View Article

A Child Nods to Health Reform

  Ronald E. Bachman, Senior Fellow, Georgia Public Policy Foundation By Ronald E. Bachman (With thanks to E.A. Poe’s, “The Raven”)  Once upon a weekday dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, My youthful brain was being fair, to learn about ObamaCare, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my bedroom door, “Tis some visitor,” I thought, “Tapping at my bedroom door – Only this and nothing more.” Then a Spirit came over me, as I dreamed of liberty, Could I keep my Doctor Seuss, my baseball cap, my Mother Goose? And with my needs could I be sure, that my doctor would have a cure For complex ills and… 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

Checking Up On Health: November 27

Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd  The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has been out and about for the past two weeks, but we’re back in the office with the latest news on health care regulations, policy, technology and biotech in today’s Checking Up On Health!   Health care on a budget: How much is too much for a cancer drug treatment? Top health care experts meeting at the Institute of Medicine last month warned the nation’s 15,000 oncologists and their patients: Learn to deliver cancer care at lower costs or watch limits being imposed by the government and insurance companies. Merrill Goozner, senior correspondent for The Fiscal Times in Washington, D.C.,… 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

Checking Up On Health: October 23, 2012

  Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd ObamaCare by any name: In case you were wondering, the Foundation has typically stayed away from using the term “ObamaCare” to describe the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But now that even the President has embraced it, all bets are off: “I actually like the name,” he said in August. “Because I do care – that’s why we fought so hard to make it happen.” It’s like “googling” something on the Internet: Google knew it had it made when it became a verb. We’ll still use the legitimate name at least once in an article, however, to ensure that… 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

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