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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Ted's Take: COVID-19 adds urgency to data and security

Data protection has been in the news recently because of some notable failures. These problems emphasize the need to improve data protection and continually reassess the challenges. Today specifically, the Electronic Health Records are needed to track the what and when of COVID 19 vaccine trials. What vaccine was given? When? Were there side effects? Long term effects? Considering recent data breeches and the vulnerable nature of data storage, is our data system up to the challenge?

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Ted's Take: Bureaucracy and the Pandemic

While COVID-19 has consumed 2020, it will not be the last public health crisis the world sees. To avoid future missteps, we must take an honest look at not only the U.S. response – and efforts to continue to manage the virus – but our policies and their implementation.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Ted's Take: 7 Steps to Fix the U.S. Health Care System

In my view, there are seven steps that can be taken to fix the current health care system. Our current system is a patchwork of laws, various coverages, cost reducing and increasing activities, provider and insurance company coverage and rates -- all of which are individualized.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Ted's Take: Mandated Benefit Review Panel

In my view, there are four key ideas that should guide us in making our health policy decisions as we cannot afford to include every possible benefit within insurance coverage.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

JKTG Submits Comments on CMMI Experimental Payment Models

Based on staff and advisory board experience over decades of developing and managing health care payment systems, the JKTG Foundation submitted a comment letter to Administrator Seema Verma on how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) develops and manages experimental payments models.

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.

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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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.