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Archive for December, 2010

Medicare Hospital Value-Based Purchasing

The Health Reform (ACA) legislation mandated Medicare establish a hospital value-based purchasing (VBP) program by 2012.  In fact, the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 already authorized Medicare to develop a plan to implement VBP for 2009.   How will they do this?  A CMS report from 2007 sheds some light on the topic. Since 2005, […]

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The Benefits Package is Here

The first ever Employee Benefits Blog Carnival has been posted at the See First blog.

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How prevalent are errors in medical research?

The latest issue of The Atlantic has profiles brave thinkers. One of these brave thinkers is Dr. John Ioannidis, who is profiled in “Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science.” Dr. Ioannidis challenges much of the medical establishment by charging that most medical studies are biased, misleading, or flat out incorrect. In the article, author David […]

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End of weekend links

An explanation of autism? Industry giants born of recessions. Sports fan finance. Andrew Sullivan wonders where Are America’s corner pubs? Mine’s here. Unlikely cooperation.

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Keep Your Identity Small

I came across this essay from Paul Graham and it truly an excellent piece of insight about how one’s identity informs your opinions.  Are you Jewish?  You’re more likely to support Israel in any debate.  Are you a Moslem?  Then you are more likely to side with Palestinians. This is true almost regardless of the […]

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Does the Frequency of P4P Evaluations affect Performance?

“Reinforcement theory from psychology literature suggests that changing behavior by incentives is easiest when the linkage between behavior and incentive (or positive reinforcer) is clearest, and the reinforcers are placed in routine. ”  Does that mean that more frequent P4P evaluations and payments are optimal?  More frequent physician performance payments increase administrative cost, but may […]

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World AIDS Day + CoR

Today is World’s AIDS Day.  Typically this is a day for bad news, but there are some positive trends in the AIDS epidemic.  Time notes that “The number of new infections is falling, as are AIDS-related deaths. Overall, 33 countries have seen their infection rate drop by more than 25% between 2001 and 2009, thanks, […]

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Success Defined

“It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You’re thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all.” Thomas Watson, Sr

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