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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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AMA Supports President’s 8 Principles for Health ReformApril 17, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The AMA has in recent years been very supportive of health system reform. This recent letter of support for the President’s 8 principles is but the latest in their activ ... 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 »
Timely filing of health claims = health insurers rip off of providers and patientsApril 13,... by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Why is it that a service provided can be denied payment simply because the bill is late?  This seems to not hold true for the IRS, most vendors, suppliers, providers of ... Read on »
Physicians are online … a trend that cannot be stoppedApril 12, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Physicians are now using the web more than ever in the daily routine of their practices.  They check information, drug interactions, updated information on medical resea ... 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 »
Comparative Effectiveness is really about the moneyApril 7, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Comparative effectiveness is what medicine has been doing since its modern inception some 2,500+ years ago.  In the last century, the health care industry has spent bill ... Read on »
Health IT adoption and implementation, steady as she goes . . .April 6, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Despite the slow adoption, this site fully agrees that it is inevitable that online medicine, in all forms, is going to bloom over the next decade. There are simply too ... Read on »
Sebelius nomination, stalled, but not derailedApril 6, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy While there remain many issues to be addressed in the hearings on the nomination of Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D-Kansas) as the new Secretary of HHS, it would seem that ... Read on »
Medicare readmission rates high: Could Medicare be at fault?April 3, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy An article published in the New England Journal of Medicine addresses a serious topic.  High rates of readmission to the hospital after discharge among the Medicare popu ... Read on »
COMMENTARY: Mr. President, Medicare IS NOT Medicaid !March 30, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy This past week has seen a great deal of exposure for President Obama in the media – press conferences, internet “community” meetings as well as numerous newsworthy emana ... Read on »
Real Health Reform begins here !March 19, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Thanks Medscape for recognizing that Real Health Reform has a REAL solution (see article below by Nancy Terry) that can be implemented NOW without excessive expenditure, ... 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 »
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 »
Surtax for health care is dangerous precedentJuly 17, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Though social policies sometimes governed the course of tax policy even in the early days of the Republic, the nature of these policies did not extend either to th ... Read on »
AMA focus to lower rate of growth in total health spending – how?July 15, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The only sure way to lower costs is to limit services.  Now, we can all hope that the AMA and others who are pushing this agenda,  will, in the end, have the good graces ... Read on »
Louisiana to facilitate adoption of electronic medical records systemsJuly 13, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy This is great news for the advance of electronic health records.  Kudos to Louisiana Governor Jindal for embracing this step forward and the state legislature for bringi ... 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 »
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 »
Senate mulls taxing alcohol, sugary drinks to pay for healthcareJuly 9, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy “Sugar, rum and tobacco are commodities which are nowhere necessaries of life, which are become objects of almost universal consumption, and which are therefore extremely ... Read on »
Alexander Hamilton on rights of mankindJuly 7, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written as with a sunbeam in the whole volume of human nature by th ... Read on »