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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, 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.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

BCRF Conversations: A Discussion with Drs. Daniele Gilkes and Paul Macklin

Together, Dr. Daniele Gilkes and Dr. Paul Macklin are part of a collaboration between the BCRF and JKTG Foundation that links computational scientists with biologists.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Funding@Work: Q&A with Robert Ivkov, Ph.D.

Research funded by JKTG has led us to a startling new answer that has the potential to reshape the way people think about cancer nanomedicine, and possibly revolutionize our technology approach. We would never have arrived at this answer without the JKTG funding. It's that simple.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

JKTGF and BCRF Fund Collaborative, Mathematical Cancer Research

Researchers aim to better model, understand cancer metastasis

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Healthy Debate: Why are Hospital Charges So High?

Hospital charges have increased much faster than hospital costs over the past 40 years. More than half of the hospitals in the United States have charges that are more than three times their costs, and for 10% of hospitals, those charges are more than six times their costs. What has changed to cause this tremendous discrepancy between costs and charges?

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

JKTG Supports Society for Thermal Medicine Researchers, Scientists

As part of its commitment to support initiatives that help achieve improved health, the Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation for Health and Policy (JKTG) has announced it will sponsor the 34th annual meeting of the Society for Thermal Medicine (STM) April 29-May 2, 2017.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Healthy Debate: Don't Treat Medicare Patients Like White Mice

JKTG Founder and president, Ted Giovanis, weighed in on Medicare's alternative payment models and how they treat (or ignore) patients in this week's Modern Healthcare.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Medicare Hospital Star Ratings Gives Flawed Quality Snapshot

Medicare’s star ratings of hospitals fail to provide the public with an easy comparison of the quality of inpatient care provided. An analysis by J. Graham Atkinson, D.Phil., Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation for Health and Policy (JKTG) executive vice president for research and policy reveals the biases inherent in the rating system along with conceptual problems in the design of the method used to combine individual quality scores.

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