Tag: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Friday Facts: July 25, 2014

July 25, 2014 It’s Friday!  Radio talk-show host and former presidential candidate Herman Cain joins an exciting lineup of speakers at the 2014 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum on Sept. 19, hosted by the Foundation and the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute! Current plans include his keynote speech and a live broadcast of his program from the venue, the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly. Reserve your seat today for an informative day of free-market policy ideas with a theme linked to the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, “Tearing Down Walls.” For information and registration, go to http://bit.ly/WFmqJz. Another Forum keynote speaker, Clint Bolick of the Goldwater Institute, co-authors an op-ed this week with Jeb Bush in The Wall Street… View Article

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

Friday Facts: July 11, 2014

It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note  “The bottom line is that spending is not our basic problem. We’ve become an immoral people demanding that Congress forcibly use one American to serve the purposes of another. Deficits and runaway national debt are merely symptoms of that larger problem.” – Walter Williams “A major problem is that many people in our entitlement society see nothing wrong with forcing others to provide for their desires. In a free and open society, anyone should be able to purchase anything he or she wants that is legal. It really should be no one else’s business. Common sense dictates, however, that it immediately becomes my business if I’m being forced to pay for it.” – Dr. 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

Friday Facts: June 20, 2014

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note  “[T]he great security against a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department consists in giving to those who administer each department the necessary constitutional means and personal motives to resist encroachment of the others.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 51, 1788 “It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning cannot be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final.… 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: June 10, 2014

Health Policy News and Views  Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD It’s the summer, so I’m going to give you a break (as opposed to a fracture) and try to keep it light. Although that, of course, depends on your perspective. For example … Are mosquitoes victimizing you? Watch this video by Business Insider to find out what makes you a prime target. Hint: larger people, rare microbes and heavy breathing are mosquito magnets. Looked at another way, it makes a case for reducing carbon emissions. … So, shallow breaths, everyone. Physicians cutting costs, but not in the way you think: The Associated Press cites a report that more than 2,500 Georgia doctors don’t have malpractice insurance, which… 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

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