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Monday, January 11, 2016

Healthy Debate: New Year, Another Missed Chance to Implement SES Update

As new Medicare rules go into effect Jan. 1, a glaring error in Medicare payment policy continues. This ill-informed SES position works at cross purposes with the higher-quality, lower-cost care CMS is attempting to achieve.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Healthy Debate: 2016 Initiatives

In 2016, JKTG Foundation work will include a focus on patient engagement, research on improving effectiveness of provisions of care, development of new scientific treatment protocols in particular uses and limitations of genetic testing, testing mathematical models for the control, prevention and treatment of diseases, research on diagnostic errors and research on the biological underpinnings of diseases.

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Monday, December 7, 2015

2016 Applied Mathematics in Germinating Oncology Solutions Workshop

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, the Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation for Health and Policy (JKTGF) and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) invite applications from investigators with independent research programs in cancer biology, clinical oncology, applied mathematics or theoretical physics to participate in a workshop entitled, Applied Mathematics in Germinating Oncology Solutions (AMIGOS), to be held March 22-23, 2016, at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Healthy Debate: AJPH Special Issue on ACA

The Foundation funded a special supplement AJPH issue on issues surrounding the ACA. Below is the editorial excerpt from the issue. You can access this as well as full articles on the AJPH site.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Healthy Debate: Do Payment Incentives Promote Cost Reductions?

A recent study found California hospitals could reduce their costs by 25% -- roughly $10 billion per year. The Foundation gives a hypothetical example illustrating why today's flawed payment incentives negatively influence hospital will to reduce costs.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Healthy Debate: FDA should review drug ads (and the majority of Americans agrees)

One of the top ways to control health care costs is through the control of total drug costs. We have seen the emergence of direct to consumer drug marketing. We almost can’t turn on the television without seeing ads peddling one drug or another. It struck me that drug companies are marketing their brand-named drugs directly to consumers to gain brand recognition and to attract the unknowing consumer. Once that attraction is developed the consumer gets enamored by the apparent effectiveness of the drug and then in turn asks their physician for the drug to treat their problems. This begins the upward spiral of drug costs.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Healthy Debate: The Upside to "Why"

Q: What unites a variety of projects spanning from health policy roundtables, provider payment analysis and cancer research? A: The very human tendency to ask – why?

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Healthy Debate: The Fine Line

As the Medicare program is now encouraging and going to actually pay physicians to discuss end-of-life care wishes with patients, it is certainly likely that more physicians will be asking their patients whether they have an advanced directive in place and what their wishes are. However, there seems to be a lack of clarity as to what physicians are to talk to patients about during these sessions, how questions would or should be posed, whether the beneficiary should have someone else present during these conversations.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Healthy Debate: CMS Stance on SES Creates Unfair Penalties

In the recent edition of the American Journal of Medicine researchers at the Harvard Medical School were able to definitively and conclusively link various social economic conditions with factors that are well outside the control spectrum of the hospital and resulted in related readmissions penalties. Researchers concluded that in many instances there were factors well beyond the hospitals’ control which were at play, again lending one to see a strong need for an SES adjustment. Why is it that the CMS, the agency that runs the Medicare program and the organization it would seem should be the most knowledgeable about such matters, appears to be only one still not making the connection?

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

FNIH Receives Support From JKTG Foundation for Health and Policy

Under the mentorship of Dr. Sharon Milgram, one student will receive an NIH Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award/Cancer Research Training Award (Postbac IRTA/CRTA) with interest in nanotechnology and cancer therapeutics; the other, a scholarship to NIH’s Graduate Partnership Program (GPP) with research interest in mathematical/molecular modeling, brain circuitry and pain.

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