Monthly Archive: May 2012

May 23

Toward A Healthier Economy

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by Newt Gingrich and Wayne Oliver Originally published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on April 07, 2009 Civil-justice reform, also known as tort reform, has often been viewed as a battle between the health-care community (physicians and hospitals) and personal-injury lawyers. However, there is another side to tort reform that personal-injury lawyers don’t want to talk …

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May 23

Creating 21st Century Solutions in Healthcare

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by Wayne W. Oliver, Vice President, Center for Health Transformation Originally published by the Atlanta Journal Constitution on November 4, 2011 At the Center for Health Transformation, we are working hard to create a 21st Century Intelligent Health System that can save lives and saves money for all Americans. However, it seems like every time …

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May 23

Can Public Option for Health Insurance Fix Healthcare? No.

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by Wayne W. Oliver, Vice President, Center for Health Transformation Originally published by the Atlanta Journal Constitution on April 23, 2009 All Americans want health care coverage. All Americans like choice. Americans who like their current health insurance coverage should be able to keep it. Those without coverage should have the freedom to choose the …

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May 23

Civil Justice Reform Still Has a Place

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by Newt Gingrich and Wayne Oliver Originally published in Politico.com on October 21, 2009     Also published in The Detroit News As congressional leaders meet behind closed doors to merge a compromise by the Senate, House and White House on a health care reform plan before the holidays, some might believe the task seems monumental. Add …

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May 23

First things first: Fix the FDA

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by Newt Gingrich, Andrew C. von Eschenbach, MD and Wayne Oliver Originally published by The Hill on February 11, 2011 President Obama in his State of the Union speech said he wants to stimulate the economy by spending billions of dollars for research and development and create a new federal agency called the National Center for Advancing …

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May 23

Pharmacists: An Answer to the Health Access Problem … and More

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by Wayne Oliver, Vice President, Center for Health Transformation Originally published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on May 2, 2012 Improved access to healthcare was one of the main selling points of federal health reform. ObamaCare places a great deal of importance on expanding coverage with a special focus on advancing health wellness, preventative services …

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May 23

Playing the Odds: Financing Medical Malpractice Claims

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by Wayne Oliver – vice president, Center for Health Transformation Originally published by the Atlanta Journal Constitution on July 6, 2011 Investors are always looking to earn an easy profit, particularly from well-managed companies. But when the profit is from a hedge fund that finances medical malpractice lawsuits aimed at driving doctors out of the profession, …

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May 23

States’ Results Prove the Benefits of Malpractice Reform

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by Newt Gingrich and Wayne Oliver Originally published in the Kansas City Star on September 23, 2009 President Barack Obama has offered a fig leaf to doctors by pledging to consider civil justice reform. He directed Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to look at creating “demonstration projects in individual states to test” civil …

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May 23

With Health Care, Taxpayers Deserve To Know What They’re Paying For

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by Newt Gingrich and Wayne Oliver Originally published in Forbes.com on April 19, 2011 From coffee shops to bingo halls and wherever seniors gather throughout America, the talk these days is about modern science and how those who have been in pain for years now have routine knee or hip replacements. Medical devices too such as pacemakers …

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May 23

The Importance of Patient Adherence to Medication Therapy

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by Wayne Oliver – vice president, Center for Health Transformation Originally published by the Atlanta Journal Constitution on August 3, 2011 As former Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop said, “Drugs don’t work in patients who don’t take them.” Prescription medications are only effective when they are taken. In many pharmacy circles, the term medication …

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May 22

Physicians Say the AMA No Longer Their Voice

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by Wayne Oliver, Vice President, Center for Health Transformation Originally published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on September 8, 2011 They say, “Perception is reality.”  If that is the case, the American Medical Association (AMA) is in serious trouble. In a recent survey of physicians conducted by the Atlanta-based physician recruitment firm Jackson & Coker, …

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May 22

Wasteful Diagnostics Making Healthcare Unaffordable

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by Newt Gingrich and Wayne Oliver Originally published by Human Events on February 23, 2010 CT scans. Blood tests. Ultrasounds. Cesarean sections. In many instances, these examples of diagnostic tools and procedures are vital to treat a patient. However, physicians say that too often these tests and procedures are ordered unnecessarily and drive up the …

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May 22

Which is More Important, Your Doctor or a Personal Injury Lawyer?

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By Newt Gingrich and Wayne Oliver Originally published in the Chicago Tribune on December 7, 2008   Efforts to bring sanity to the civil justice system in Illinois are under serious attack. In 2005, the Illinois legislature enacted a progressive law aimed at creating a balance in medical malpractice claims. The law created a cap ($500,000 …

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May 22

Verdict Already in on Medical Liability Reform

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by Newt Gingrich and Wayne Oliver Originally published in The Wichita Eagle on September 19, 2009 In President Obama’s health care speech to Congress last week, he offered a fig leaf to doctors by pledging to consider civil justice reform. He directed Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to look at creating “demonstration projects …

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May 22

Metrics: Creating a New Model in Healthcare

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by Wayne W. Oliver, Vice President, Center for Health Transformation Originally published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on March 7, 2012 Whether it is a patient centered medical home (PCMH) or an accountable care organization (ACO), we have all seen or read accounts on how we should change health and healthcare in the United States. And, …

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May 22

NFIB vs Sebelius: The Supreme Court and ObamaCare

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by Wayne W. Oliver, Vice President, Center for Health Transormation Originally published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on April 5, 2012 Last month, ObamaCare had its day (or days) in court. The case … NFIB, et.al. vs. Kathleen Sebelius, et.al. will be the most celebrated Supreme Court cases in modern history. The Supreme Court heard six …

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May 22

Let’s Get Serious About Healthcare Costs

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by Wayne W. Oliver, Vice President, Center for Health Transformation Originally published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on February 3, 2012 We are all concerned about the ever escalating healthcare costs. Employers struggle whether to offer health insurance benefits because premiums continue to rise at an alarming rate. Employees and patients who do have insurance must …

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May 22

ObamaCare: More Unintended Consequences

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by Wayne W. Oliver, Vice President, Center for Health Transformation Originally published by the Atlanta Journal Constitution on October 5, 2011 Since its passage, President Obama’s federal health reform has resulted in a series of unintended consequences. Just last week, the Kaiser Family Foundation released a study which indicates that ObamaCare has caused annual family health …

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May 22

Improve Patient Care by Creating a 21st Century FDA

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by Wayne W. Oliver, Vice President, Center for Health Transformation Originally published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on December 7, 2011 The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulates virtually everything that Americans consume or put on their bodies. Those FDA-regulated products account for about 25 cents of every dollar spent by American consumers each year …

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May 22

Happy New Year and Hold On Tightly

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by Wayne Oliver, Vice President, Center for Health Transformation Orginally published by the Atlanta Journal Constitution on January 7, 2012 Happy New Year! As we welcome in 2012, it is a year which will likely be full of change. Later this year, we should have a historic decision about the two questions facing the Supreme Court …

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May 15

The Real Cost of Healthcare

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by Wayne Oliver – Vice President, Center for Health Transformation Originally published by AJC on May 18, 2011 We’ve all seen news reports of escalating healthcare costs and likely felt the implications of those spiraling expenses. Employers are shifting more costs to employees.  Many smaller companies are scaling back health coverage or dropping benefits entirely. …

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