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Archive for December, 2010

Will Google Maps increase traffic?

Using Google Maps, you can find the shortest route to drive from point A to point B. This will certainly be true if there is no traffic on the road. However, during rush hour, should you trust the Google Maps (or Mapquest or Yahoo) directions? If people increasingly rely on Google Maps for directions, this […]

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Cavalcade of Risk #120: Pick Your Poison Edition

If you are searching for the best writing on risk, you’ve come to the right place.  In this edition of the Cavalcade or Risk, we’ve got experts in all types of insurance (health, workers’ comp, life, long-term care…even pet), healthy policy, credit risk, and much more. How you enjoy this edition of the CoR, however, […]

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William Henderson Inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame

Today it was announced that my favorite football player, William Henderson, will soon be inducted into the the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.  Henderson was a fullback on the Packers Super Bowl team in 1997.  He also made the Pro Bowl in 2005. News release. William Henderson Wikipedia page. Career Statistics.

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In Support of a Fake Doctor

Recently, MSNBC reported that respected cardiologist and United Airlines captain Dr. William Hamman is in fact not a doctor at all.  “The AP found he had no medical residency, fellowship, doctoral degree or the 15 years of clinical experience he claimed. He attended medical school for a few years but withdrew and didn’t graduate.”  As a […]

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Value-Based Purchasing in Nursing Homes

More than 3 million frail and disabled individuals rely on nursing home services in any given year.  About half of these individuals consider the nursing home to be their primary place of residence.  Nursing home quality, however, has often been called into question. Some experts believe pay-for-performance schemes will improve nursing home quality.  Today, I […]

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Weekend Links

Stocking stuffer for Medicare Advantage plans. An economist explains Hanukkah. Mass meningitis vaccination in Burkina Faso. The joy of statistics. Does the AMA care about patient health or physician income? Groundbreaking research…errrr.

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Book Review: Macrowikinomics

The theory behind Wikipedia is that the wisdom of the masses is greater than that of a few ‘experts’.  Many people believe that Wikipedia has greatly enhanced the amount of knowledge available to the common man.  Others lament that the encyclopedia entries are not always screen and the quality of entries is highly variable.  Can […]

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Health Wonk Review’s holiday edition

The Health Wonk Review’s Holiday edition is up at the cleverly named Wright on Health blog.

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McAllen’s Private Insurers spend less than El Paso’s?

For the under-65 population insured by Blue Cross, total spending per-member-year in McAllen, Texas, was 7 percent lower than in El Paso, Texas.  By contrast, Atul Gawande’s 2009 New Yorker article, which used data from theDartmouth Atlas of Health Care on variations in Medicare spending, showed that per capita spending in McAllen was 86 percent higher […]

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Evaluating VBP Programs

The call for the adoption of value based purchasing programs has gained in popularity in recent years.  These programs give physicians, hospitals, or other providers bonuses (or penalties) depending on the quality of care their patients receive. The Affordable Care Act (ACA a.k.a Health Reform) includes provisions to establish a VBP program for hospital payments […]

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