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Checking Up On Health: August 19, 2014

Health Policy News and Views Compiled By Benita M. Dodd Several friends have raved about the healing/soothing/therapeutic/calming/antidepressant benefits of essential oils, but I’m still not buying them. (Although, if you want to give me some, I’ll gladly try them!) I would love to hear from readers about their experiences, but truth be told, I’m as skeptical about the multilevel marketers’ claims regarding these costly essential oils as I am about the overrated cures that some chiropractors promise. There, I put it out there. And then there’s Whole Foods Market. I was reading about the Affordable Care Act on Forbes.com when up popped a story titled, “The Three Dumbest Things About Whole Foods Market.” If there’s one thing I’m… View Article
The federal government spent more on broken state-run exchanges than it did on its own troubled system. Of the 14 states, plus the District of Columbia, that established their own health insurance coverage under Obamacare, seven remain dysfunctional, disabled, or severely underperforming. Development of those exchanges was funded heavily by the federal government through a series of grants that totaled more than $1.2 billion—almost double the $677 million cost of development for the federal exchange. The Reason Foundation published a rundown of the troubled state exchanges and the federal grants they qualified for. Oregon No exchange failed more fully or more spectacularly than Cover Oregon. The site was touted as an ambitious, expansive vision for what a state-run exchange… View Article

What if the Exchanges Are Not Ready on Time?

By John Goodman On October 1, millions of Americans are supposed to be able to go online and acquire health insurance on electronic exchanges in the states where they live. But a new GAO report is raising an issue I raised in The Wall Street Journal: What happens if the exchanges aren’t ready? Already, the Department of Health and Human Services has thrown in the towel on small-business exchanges that were supposed to allow employees to choose among competing health plans. The opportunity to make those choices has been put off for at least a year, leaving small-business employees with only their employer’s plans as options. As for individuals acquiring insurance on their own, the only states that have… View Article

Checking Up On Health: June 4, 2013

By Benita M. Dodd An involved patient is a physician’s dream. But how do you engage patients, given the looming physician shortages and growing numbers of insured under ObamaCare? Enter Americans’ constant companion: the smartphone, with all its apps. A friendly, conversational Virtual Health Assistant can guide patients through medication management, motivate them to stick with their wellness routines and more, right on the smartphone. Victor Morrison blogs in NextiIT that a Virtual Health Assistant deployed via a smartphone, tablet or PC is in position to be a constant life companion and personal coach, and the “natural language” platforms are improving to the extent that Virtual Health Assistants are able to have conversations with humans across service channels… View Article

Checking Up On Health: January 22, 2013

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 story: Pfizer last year gave up on a “… View Article

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation is our state’s leading organization promoting government transparency. The Secretary of State’s office shares the Foundation’s commitment to transparency and responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars, which is why our agency was the first in Georgia to publish its budget and spending data on a public transparency website.

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