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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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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Foundation for the NIH and JKTG Foundation Renew Support for Training Two Research Fellows at the NIH

The two deserving scholars have received training awards through the NIH Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Awards (Postbac IRTA) program and the NIH’s Graduate Partnership Program (GPP) to conduct full-time research at NIH under the mentorship of Dr. Sharon Milgram, Director of the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education. While the GPP scholar is interested in research focused on nanotechnology and cancer therapeutics, the Postbac IRTA scholar is focused on physics and biomedical engineering.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Wistar Receives Grant from the Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation for Health and Policy to Support the Breast Cancer Research Consortium

The Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation for Health and Policy (JKTG) awarded The Wistar Institute a $840,000 grant, over three years, to support the Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Breast Cancer Research Consortium at Wistar.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Study Notes Complexity When Using Hospital Mortality Rates as Quality Measure

. A recent paper in the American Journal of Medical Quality, by researchers from 3M and Yale University and assisted by the J. Graham Atkinson, DPhil, Executive Vice President for Research and Policy of the Foundation, raises important issues regarding the measurement and use of mortality rates and points out the importance of focusing on preventable deaths and appropriately risk adjusting.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Problem with Peer Grouping when Adjusting for SES in Calculating Readmission Penalties

A study published this month demonstrates and quantifies problems associated with the use of peer grouping to adjust for socio-economic status (SES) in the calculation of hospital readmission penalties, and advocates adoption of a patient-level calculation developed by JKTG Foundation Executive Vice President for Research and Policy, J. Graham Atkinson.

Search Tags: SES , Medicare , Readmissions

Monday, February 26, 2018

JKTG Announces $300K in Funding for Nanoparticle Cancer Research

Award builds on JKTG-funded work of Johns Hopkins’ Researcher, Robert Ivkov, Ph.D.

Monday, January 29, 2018

JKTG-Funded Projects Suggest Cancer Treatment Changes to Combat Drug Resistance

JKTG and BCRF jointly funded three multi-institutional collaborations for projects with potential to substantially advance understanding of cancer biology or improve clinical outcomes. Members from one 2017 AMIGOS multidisciplinary team published five papers during the year.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Navigating Next Steps in Payment Reform

The Alliance for Health Policy, in partnership with the JKTG Foundation, recently hosted a panel discussion to provide an update on the overall state of play with payment reform, and the effort to move away from fee for service and toward value-based payment.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Funding@Work: New Hope for Difficult-to-Treat Ovarian Cancer

JKTG-funded research identified a new therapeutic approach for difficult-to-treat subtype of ovarian cancer. Ovarian clear cell carcinoma accounts for approximately 5 to 10 percent of American ovarian cancer cases and about 20 percent of cases in Asia, ranking second as the cause of death from ovarian cancer.

Friday, June 16, 2017

JKTG Foundation Comments on IPPS Proposed Rule

The Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation for Health and Policy (JKTG) submitted a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the proposed rule for fiscal year 2018 on the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS). Among the areas of concern outlined by JKTG are Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments and methodology, the preclusion of judicial and administrative review, and regulatory reform and simplification.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New Analysis Quantifies the Impact of Socio-Economic Status on Quality Measures

CMS has refused to make SES adjustments for hospital readmission policies and penalties, but Congress now requires peer grouping of hospitals by proportion of low-SES patients to calculate penalties for readmissions. Today, the JKTG Foundation released new analysis that identifies current challenges in that method and suggests an alternate approach. The analysis was done by J. Graham Atkinson, D.Phil., executive vice president for research and policy at the JKTG Foundation.

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