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Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis
Foundation for Health and Policy

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Highland, Maryland 20777

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In health care, there is a void in the policy development process for an honest independent broker of ideas and methods to achieve the competing goals of cost reduction, expanding access, and improving quality. Most policy studies or evaluations have as their objective fulfilling the goal of those who funded the study. As such, honest appraisals are not present. The Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation for Health and Policy has as its purpose filling this void and because of its independent funding is not influenced by those funding its work.

The health care industry is in need of change. However, the development of appropriate change needs to appreciate that policy must be viewed as a dynamic process and consider responses to policy that are stimulated by the policy change itself. Facilitating appropriate policy change based upon “causes” rather than “effects” is critical to achieving appropriate meaningful change. Current policy changes tend to address effects rather than causes and, therefore, do not directly address what needs to be changed. Virtually all current policy proposals and their implementation are developed in a political context and are influenced by non-objective interests. In many of these policy discussions, the patient (including Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries) is not considered or is not the principle focus when changes are being developed.

There is the need for analysis and development of policy alternatives that are based on causes and that are independent and objective. The Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation for Health and Policy works to provide these types of analyses, works to inform these efforts through thoughtful analyses and does so on an uncompensated basis for the benefit of the citizens of the United States particularly Medicare beneficiaries as well as providers of services.