The future of health care must be patient-centered, like its past
Is the practice of medicine coming full circle? As the administrator of a large medical practice, I believe it is. For many wistful Americans, the image of the community physician making routine house calls is a lost icon, a symbol of nostalgia. In a simpler time, in a much more... Read more
How to reduce high costs and wasteful spending in health care
It’s been a rough time for health care. Sixteen of the 23 federally funded, not-for-profit Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (co-ops) have now failed. Humana reduced its Georgia coverage area and Cigna, UnitedHealthcare and Aetna have completely pulled out of Georgia’s federally managed insurance exchange. Most premium rate increase requests... Read more
The ‘Value Chain’ shows Georgia’s leadership in life sciences
As home to more than 400 life sciences companies, Georgia is a thriving center of this growing industry. Much of the growth, stability and success we enjoy can be attributed to what the Georgia Department of Economic Development calls “The Georgia Value Chain.” I’m the state’s director of Life... Read more
Planning a flu shot? There’s another vaccination you may need
As we say goodbye to another summer, signals for fall are appearing: changing leaves, school buses, football, and of course, advertisements urging you to get that flu shot. These days, about 40 percent of adults ages 18 to 64 get a flu shot, but many who are at risk... Read more
Why I’m at odds with my party on health care
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” (James Baldwin)   With a proven record of cutting waste and reducing spending, I am a fiscally conservative Republican, as well as a health care professional. But the Georgia GOP legislative leadership... Read more

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