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Archive for February, 2011

An Oxygen Tax

The UK  explored selling or leasing forest land to private interests, but encounter some public backlash. “The plans were intended to give the private sector, community and charitable groups greater involvement in woodlands by encouraging a “mixed model” of ownership. But critics argued it could threaten public access, biodiversity and result in forests being used […]

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HWR-Valentine’s Week

A Valentine’s Day Themed edition of the Health Wonk Review has been posted at Colorado Long Term Care Insider.

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Wednesday Links

Wages of foreign nurses. 1% increase in life expectancy leads to an __% increase in GDP.  Find the answer here. Hospital privatization in the Netherlands. Part D reduces the hospitalization rates by 4%. Sound FX.

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Estimating the Effects of Consolidating Drugs under Part D or Part B

Currently, most Medicare beneficiaries are able to receive coverage for prescription drugs under Medicare Part D. Some drugs, however, are still covered by Medicare Part B, which covers physician services. These drugs are generally those furnished incident to a physician’s service and are administered using durable medical equipment. To simplify coverage policy, Medicare is considering […]

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Estimating lifetime or episode-of-illness costs under censoring

How can you estimate an individual’s total lifetime cost of medical care?  For people who die in your sample, this is simple.  In most data sets, however, not all individuals will die during the period of observation.  Thus, the data set is censored for those who do not die. In addition, many standard hazard models […]

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Value-Based Insurance Design

There have been a lot of “value-based” initatives in health care of late.  Value-based purchasing aims to reward high-quality providers with either higher reimbursement rates or periodic bonuses.  On the other hand, value-based insurance targets the patient side.  The value-based insurance scheme varies cost sharing depending on whether the drug, procedure, or treatment is considered […]

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Thursday’s Links

NFL players and painkiller abuse. More physician supply doesn’t lead to higher patient satisfaction. How do hospitals deal with high unexpected workload? iPhone apps for nurse practitioners. Unnecessary surgery for breast cancer?

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Consumer Reports: Navigating the Medicare Maze

One of my favorite magazines is Consumer Reports.  I love getting a good deal and Consumer Reports unbiased research and decision to not accept any advertising dollars helps make sure I get my money’s worth on purchases big and small. In the latest issue of this magazine (December 2010), Consumer Reports provides useful advice to Americans […]

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Cav Risk

The latest edition (the 124th) of the Cavalcade of Risk is up at the Disease Management Care Blog.

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Regional Variation in Medicare Physician Reimbursement: Geographic Practice Cost Index (GPCI)

Medicare pays physicians in New York City more for the same procedure than they do if that same physician was located in rural Wyoming.  Why do they do this? The obvious reason is that the cost of operating a practice in New York City is much higher than in rural Wyoming.  Medicare determines the amount […]

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