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Obi Jo

New Orleans, Louisiana
BA, MD, FACS, professor, researcher, patent holder, published author . . . then patient . . . now retired and focused on health reform, medical care and wellness issues. Blogging at: www.realhealthreformonline.com and www.benkazie.com
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Democrats scale back: Insufficient support for public-option, Medicare expansion by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Here’s the scoop – Medicare pays so poorly that doctors are constantly evaluating their desire to even participate in the plan at all.  Therefore it is no surprise that ... Read on »
Dems breaking ranks on health careJuly 10, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Well, well. It seems that utopian dreams of health care reform come at a price.  One that others will appear to have to pay.  So health care reform is not about insuranc ... Read on »
Doctor Medicare Payments a Political Football by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Once again physicians are being used as a political football by the entrenched politicians in the Congress.  While physicians are likely to vote, their numbers are not ... Read on »
Doctor Medicare Payments a Political FootballOctober 22, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Once again physicians are being used as a political football by the entrenched politicians in the Congress.  While physicians are likely to vote, their numbers are not l ... Read on »
Early detection decreases death rate from breast cancer by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The recent brouhaha created by the ill timed, ill worded, ill phrased (or is it just ill) report from the USPSTF (US Preventative Services Task Force) has stirred the ... Read on »
Ed Freeman, a hero passesApril 12, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Sometimes, topics in medicine take on many forms. In this case, the form of a fearless Vietnam Army helicopter pilot who just “kept coming back”. Coming back for wounded ... Read on »
EMR from Wal-Mart & Sam’s ClubMarch 13, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Well, here is the market at its best.  Computer makers, software developers and mass retailers aligning to service an industry that they have each been only peripherally ... Read on »
Fall-related ED visits rising for seniors by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine http://benkazie.wordpress.com/2009/11/05/fall-related-ed-visits-rising-for-senio   Accidents are among the top 10 causes of death in those over 65.  Falls are far an ... Read on »
Family Doctors Sue CMS, RUC Over Alleged Price Fixing by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy A 74-page law suit, filed this week in U.S. District Court in Maryland by six Georgia physicians, claims that the RUC (Relative Value Scale Update Committee) violates the ... Read on »
FDA Panel Says Revoke Approval of Avastin (bevacizumab) for breast cancer by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer An advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted 12-1 to recommend revoking approval of the drug Avastin as a treatment for breast cancer, saying the dr ... Read on »
FDA to curb untested H1N1 remedies by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy http://benkazie.wordpress.com/2009/10/27/fda-to-curb-untested-h1n1-remedies/   As is always the case when a medical crisis or new illness appears on the scene, there ... Read on »
Federal Budget 101 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy This is a reprint of a letter to the editor published in The Advocate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, regarding the budget dilemma. How is this related to real health reform . ... Read on »
Feds release summary of HIT planMay 27, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The government has released it’s summary of  funding and expenditures for the implementation of the HIT strategy included in the recent recovery act.  The 8 page documen ... Read on »
First Prostate Cancer "Vaccine" Approved by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a unique cancer treatment ("vaccine") to help boost the body's immune system to fight prostate cancer that has spread and which ... Read on »
For Dems 60 Senators Is Magic Number by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Well, the Senate Finance Committee has finally come forward with a health reform proposal.  Senator Baucus (D-Montana) has done so without any Republican support.  Let ... Read on »
For Dems 60 Senators Is Magic NumberSeptember 18, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Well, the Senate Finance Committee has finally come forward with a health reform proposal.  Senator Baucus (D-Montana) has done so without any Republican support.  Let’s ... Read on »
Full Impact of Taxes in Health Reform Bill Now Coming to Surface by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Back in March, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California), when speaking about what was in the then pending ObamaCare plan said, "Congress has to pass the bill so you can find ... Read on »
Grapes: Defenders Against Diabetes, Heart Disease and Cancer by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Eating grapes may well slow what for a large number of American's is a downhill spiral of high blood pressure and insulin resistance eventually leading to heart disease and ... Read on »
H1N1 (Swine) Flu striking healthy, young people by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine http://benkazie.wordpress.com/2009/10/13/h1n1-swine-flu-striking-healthy-young-p The recent publication of articles in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association ... Read on »
H1N1 vaccination urged as supplies grow by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education http://benkazie.wordpress.com/2009/12/27/h1n1-vaccination-urged-as-supplies-grow CDC, childhood, children, complications of Swine Flu, disease causation, disease preventi ... Read on »