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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.

Monday, May 18, 2020

JKTG-Funds International Research Project to Fight COVID-19

Collaborative research builds on existing JKTG-funded simulation framework

Thursday, March 26, 2020

JKTG-Funded Research Is Paradigm-Change for Cancer Treatment

Johns Hopkins’ researcher Robert Ivkov, Ph.D., finds anti-tumor immune responses can be induced by nanoparticles

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.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

JKTG-funded report examines US health care quality measurement

This report examines the state of quality measurement in the U.S., and why our quality measurement system isn’t getting us to a demonstrably better value proposition.

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Monday, August 5, 2019

JKTG Announces $624K in Funding for Metastatic Breast Cancer Research

The Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation for Health and Policy (JKTG) today announced funding to Daniele Gilkes, Ph.D., at Johns Hopkins’ University, for research that aims to better understand breast cancer metastasis and builds on a previous JKTG-funded pilot project at the Gilkes’ lab.

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Study notes problems in hospital infection rate risk-adjustment models

The authors looked at hospital intensive care units (ICU) and found great variation in reported ICU utilization among admissions for congestive heart failure with alarming data revealing that the designation of ICU versus non-ICU care was unrelated to patient severity.

Monday, January 21, 2019

JKTG Gives CMS Recommendations to Avoid Conflict of Interests for AOs

In comments submitted to CMS on Accreditation Organizations (AOs) Conflict of Interest, JKTG Foundation stressed the inherit conflicts of interest that result from AO consulting relationships with providers, objectivity challenges when providers are part of AO board of directors, particularly those who receive payment for their board participation. JKTG provides three recommendations that address the concerns identified.

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