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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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Healthcare costs to become new battle cryJuly 18, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy As Democrats in Congress push forward THEIR idea of health reform it is becoming clear that the battleground will now move to cost. Cost will become the battle cry alon ... Read on »
Heart Risks Major Cause of Recent Drug Recalls by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy It seems that the majority of drug recalls by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the past 15 years have involved cardiac complications.   At least one-half of the 21 ... Read on »
High Deductible Health Plans and HSA’s Bad for Your Health? NOTJune 1, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Articles recently published claim that high deductible health plans and HSA’s are potentially bad for your health and that they only benefit middle and upper income indi ... Read on »
High Fructose Intake Increases Risk of High Blood Pressure by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Diets which are high in fructose increase the risk of persons developing hypertension   (high blood pressure).   This data was first presented at the American Society of Nephr ... Read on »
HIT Adoption, Implementation, Control – Caution AheadApril 15, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy A recent article published in the New England Journal of Medicine by Dr. David Blumenthal, newly appointed National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, has ra ... Read on »
Holding down costs or improving quality? Interest Groups Vow to Cut CostsMay 13, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Well, it is a great first step.  One fueled by self-interest, concerns about “thrival” (thriving survival), true desire to ev ... Read on »
Hospital Performance Improved But Are Measurements Accurate? by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy A new report released by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAH) suggests that on a variety of fronts hospitals are doing a better job of patient care ... Read on »
Hospitals overwhelmed by flu patients may cancel other services by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy http://benkazie.wordpress.com/2009/10/27/hospitals-overwhelmed-by-flu-patients-m   Hospitals in many parts of the country are beginning to have difficulties with ove ... Read on »
House health reform bill up for vote by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Well, supposedly tomorrow will be the day for a vote in the House on HR 3962.  The House bill did receive a boost when it was endorsed by the AMA and AARP.  The AMA re ... Read on »
House Health Reform Bills Lengthy Reading by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Two bills recently advanced in the House will be coming up for debate in the near future.  The first is the already infamous 1990 page “monster” bill, HR 3962, which i ... Read on »
House Health Reform Bills Lengthy ReadingNovember 4, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Two bills recently advanced in the House will be coming up for debate in the near future.  The first is the already infamous 1990 page “monster” bill, HR 3962, which is ... Read on »
House Unveils 1990 Page Health Reform Bill by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Well, it seems we are down to a “tale of two bills”.  The Senate version and the House version.  Both are now packaged and ready to go to conference committee.  It app ... Read on »
House Unveils 1990 Page Health Reform BillOctober 30, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Well, it seems we are down to a “tale of two bills”.  The Senate version and the House version.  Both are now packaged and ready to go to conference committee.  It appea ... Read on »
ICUs may be overwhelmed by H1N1 cases by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine http://benkazie.wordpress.com/2009/10/13/icus-may-be-overwhelmed-by-h1n1-cases/ Even though officials have been cautious in their warnings, the increase in concern sugg ... Read on »
Increased Access – But No Doctor Is In by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Who will take care of all the patients?  That is a question being asked by many in the health care field.  Physicians, especially those in primary care fields (family me ... Read on »
Increased Access - But No Doctor Is In by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Who will take care of all the patients?   That is a question being asked by many in the health care field.   Physicians, especially those in primary care fields (family medici ... Read on »
Individual Mandate to Have Health Insurance by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Is it legal?  Is IRS enforcement the best we can do? It is a fact, that every citizen SHOULD have health insurance as a function of being a good citizen of the Repub ... Read on »
Interns not to work more than 16 hours by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is issuing new guidelines for the amount of time interns and residents may work at one stretch.  The new g ... Read on »
Is this the best you can do Mr. President?July 9, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy If you click on the link below, which promises to give you a copy of the President’s health plan, you get essentially three catch phrases with a place to sign a petition i ... Read on »
Jindal asks for rejection of unfunded mandates by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Jindal asks for rejection of unfunded mandates http://realhealthreform.wordpress.com/2009/10/02/quick-post-jindal-asks-for-reje This will likely not be the last stat ... Read on »