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The Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation for Health and Policy fosters public discussion around health care policy to benefit the public good.  Through research, white papers and other projects, the Foundation serves as an honest, independent broker of ideas and actions designed to achieve the competing goals of cost reduction, expanding access and improving quality.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Healthy Debate: Medicare's Star Ratings System Fail

Medicare is now publishing star ratings of hospitals with the intent to provide the public with an easy way to compare the quality of inpatient care being provided by hospitals. However, the system is unlikely to accomplish its intended purpose. The concerns fall into two categories: 1) the biases that are evident in the results of the rating system; and, 2) conceptual problems in the design of the method used to combine individual quality scores.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Healthy Debate: Health System Mergers Shouldn't Surprise Anyone

There is much activity and interest circling health system mergers and there are many opinions, most from economists, about whether these mergers should be allowed. We think folks should look first at the reason for the mergers...such activities were predictable given the incentives embodied in the ACA.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Healthy Debate: Accelerating Cures

This week, Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act which included many recommendations from the JKTG supported "Advancing Medical Innovation for a Healthier America" report issued by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC).

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Healthy Debate: Wall Street Tackles Trump, Health Care and Market Implications

oday, the JKTG Foundation again sponsored the annual Wall Street Comes to Washington Roundtable bringing Wall Street analysts together with Washington policy expert Paul Ginsburg, Ph.D., to explore what the latest market developments meant for national health policy and how the political climate will affect the health care sector.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Healthy Debate: Day One at the Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference

Highlights from the Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Healthy Debate: Supporting Events that Dig Deep

The Foundation believes in tackling hard questions head on. Complex issues rarely yield easy answers, but without a conversation there will never be improvement. It’s why the Foundation is a proud sponsor of three November events: The...

Monday, October 17, 2016

Healthy Debate: Are All Payer Systems the Panacea?

The “all payer” health care system approach is touted as being the greatest thing since sliced bread – cover all, lower cost, etc.; but, is it? As reflected in today’s insurance market, expansion of coverage can cost a lot. The insurance market needed more money in order to operate properly – if at all. Even the uninitiated can do something with more money, but true revolutionaries can do it with less. Payer proposals should be clear which outcome they seek to achieve – jump on the “get some extra money” bandwagon or revolutionize health care.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Healthy Debate: Top Health Quotes of 2016

Pulled from recent interviews and articles, below is a collection of heath care quotes that well frames where we are in health care and perhaps where we are headed in the future.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Healthy Debate: Wells Fargo and CMS

Recent headlines and Congressional attention has focused on Wells Fargo and the use of incentives to promote the sales of accounts. In heath care we have the same thing minus headlines and Congressional investigations. The Medicare program embodied imposes policy changes often times with short notice and mandates Medicare patients participate in experiments while providers have very strong and often inappropriate incentives to participate in these experiments.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Healthy Debate: Wall Street Comes to Washington

The JKTG Foundation will again sponsor the annual event that brings Wall Street analysts together to explore what the latest market developments mean for national health policy and how the political climate will affect the outlook for health care.

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