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Reforming Medicaid with Technology

By Merrill Matthews  Every state is looking for ways to reduce its Medicaid spending. Here’s an untested idea: Integrate existing technology to help Medicaid beneficiaries and their health care providers monitor and manage their health care. Medicaid’s Scope The federal-state Medicaid program is by far the largest health insurance plan, covering 62 million Americans, and it is the first or second biggest budget item in most states. Actually, Medicaid is three different programs. It provides health insurance for low-income children, pregnant women and some adults, covering about 40 percent of all births, and more than 50 percent in some states; It is the primary source of coverage for the disabled; and It covers certain costs for poor seniors, including nursing… View Article

Checking Up On Health: July 28, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD The new school year begins Monday for some Georgia school systems and over the next week or so for most. Thousands of children are headed to school for the first time. Are you prepared? I’m not talking about backpacks and boxes of Kleenex and crayons and lunch money. (Don’t even get me started about the new school lunch rules that force a one-size-fits-all lunch on children who grow at vastly differing rates with vastly different nutritional needs. …) What I mean is this: Is your child up to date on his or her shots? Have you decided you won’t subject your child to whatever risk is involved in… View Article

Checking Up On Health: March 31, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD Buyer beware: A news article came across my desk this week alerting readers to a change by the nation’s largest health insurance company, Minnesota-based UnitedHealthcare. In what could become expensive for patients, the insurer is changing the way it handles balance billing, which is the difference between the provider’s charge and what the insurer allows. The cost-cutting measure means UnitedHealthcare will not pay the bills of some emergency room physicians and other specialists, even though they work for hospitals in the UnitedHealthcare network. I learned the importance of checking the network status of all physicians involved a couple of years ago when I underwent a routine, scheduled… View Article

Checking Up On Health: January 27, 2015

Health Policy News and Views By Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD As the U.S. Supreme Court mulls a ruling in Halbig v. Burwell – over the IRS subsidies and tax credits for ObamaCare enrollees in the federally run health care exchanges – the Georgia Public Policy Foundation has scheduled a Leadership Breakfast event on March 18, featuring Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens. The topic for the event, which includes a look at ObamaCare, is “Federalism, The Rule of Law and Regulatory Excess.” Foundation events are open to the public and you can register here by March 16. I was doing my own mulling on the Halbig v. Burwell case last week. Challengers argue that the IRS rule subsidizing… View Article

Checking Up On Health: January 13, 2015

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd BENITA DODD A week ago, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation shared the results of a study by our Senior Fellow, Ron Bachman, highlighting Georgia as a leader in telehealth. You can access the study here http://www.georgiapolicy.org/ftp_files/telehealth.pdf. The news release I sent out for the Foundation resulted in a snarky response from one (perennially snarky) reporter: “Telehealth settles for offering the rural poor a very inferior level of care. Thanks a lot.” I wonder how the rural poor who currently have limited access to health care feel about having access to health care through apps on their phones, to specialists in the metro area through video or online consultations via… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release January 9, 2015 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Foundation Study Identifies Telehealth as the Cutting-Edge Future of Health Care Atlanta – Georgia’s leadership in telehealth offers an excellent opportunity to address a number of health care challenges, according to a new study released today by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. The study, “Telehealth & Patient-Centered Care,” by Ron Bachman, a Senior Fellow at the Foundation, is a comprehensive analysis of the potential of telehealth and how policies in Georgia can accelerate, or inhibit, its benefits. “It is impossible to stop a mega-trend,” says Bachman. “Telehealth is the cutting-edge future of health care worldwide. Telehealth, in its various… View Article

Telemedicine: Saving Lives in Rural Georgia

In this article, Dr. Jeffrey Switzer, DO, director of telestroke and teleneurology at Georgia Regents Medical Center in Augusta, discusses how telemedicine has impoved outcomes for victims of strokes.  The key issue was the waning time window in which physicians can intravenously administer tPA — tissue plasminogen activator — for Ischemic stroke patients, a drug that helps dissolve blood clots. tPA is only approved for administration within three hours of the onset of stroke symptoms, a window of time which Dr. Switzer says was sometimes impossible to achieve due to the distance between hospitals and the time it took to transfer patients. In some cases, Dr. Switzer says a stroke specialist at Georgia Regents would be contacted by a… View Article

Friday Facts: August 15, 2014

It’s Friday! An important reminder: We want you to continue to receive our updates! To ensure that you receive Foundation e-mails, please add us to your address book or safe list. Events Aug. 28: “Unaccountable Government in Action: Capital Markets in the Fed’s Cross-Hairs” is the Foundation’s noon Policy Briefing Luncheon at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. Former SEC Commissioner Paul S. Atkins and the American Enterprise Institute’s Peter Wallison discuss the dangerous regulatory expansion of the Dodd-Frank Act. $30. For more information and to register, go to http://www.georgiapolicy.org/?p=13956. Sept. 19: Register now to reserve your seat at the 2014 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum. Talk show host and former presidential candidate Herman Cain is one of the… View Article

Checking Up On Health: October 22, 2013

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Benita DoddVice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation If you want a job done right: Does your doctor’s gender make a difference? A Canadian study found that found female physicians outperformed their male counterparts on certain metrics of care.  Researchers studied physicians who treat elderly patients with diabetes and measured compliance with three parts of standard treatment: prescribing periodic eye exams, scheduling annual physical exams and keeping patients on a mix of three specific medications. It found  that 75 percent of women required patients to undergo an exam compared with 70 percent of males; 71 percent of female physicians recommended the three specific medications compared with 67 percent of the… View Article

Checking Up On Health: August 6, 2013

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Benita DoddVice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Time and seats are running out for the Heartland Institute’s Emerging Issues Forum Atlanta’s Capital City Club on Thursday, August 15. Among the topics: Health Care, Education, Energy and Tax Reform. (I’ll be on the panel on energy issues.) Find out more at http://eif.heartland.org/.  Just 25 seats remain! Win a seat to the Forum: The Georgia Public Policy Foundation is giving away four tickets, valued at $100 each, to the daylong session. For a chance to win a ticket, tell your Facebook friends what you like about the Foundation, and why. Be sure to “like” the Foundation Facebook page and tag… View Article

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