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Archive for April, 2011

Weekend Links

Medicare FFS has higher…lower…higher mortality rates than Medicare managed care beneficiaries. Does physician experience improve LASIK outcomes? More nurses lead to fewer SNF deaths. Does surgical profitability affect the location the surgery is performed? One man, £4.7m in fake meds.

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Statisticians and Baptisms

A statistician’s wife gives birth to twins. Excitedly, he calls everyone to share the good news. When he tells the church they say, ‘That’s terrific! Bring them down to church this Sunday, and we’ll baptize them!’ ’Uh, let’s just baptize one of them,’ says the statistician. ‘We can keep the other one as a control”. […]

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Chances of a Government Shutdown

Currently 68.0% as of 5:56pm PT, 7 Apr 2011.  See more updated figures here. What others are saying: Harry Reid: 50% Republicans: 53% Democrats: 49%

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Cost of Medical Errors: $17 billion

Its has been well established that medical errors are a serious problem in modern health care.  One study found that medical errors kill between 50k and 100k annually and another found that 2.9% of people who enter the hospital are actually harmed by the care they receive.  The most recent issue of  Health Affairs, however, has found […]

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Poor Need More Financial Services than Rich

Why would that be the case?  The answer is risk.  Poor people (especially in developing countries) have a larger share of their assets at risk due to theft, a family illness, or funeral.  Thus, cash flow management is vital for survival for the poor.  The Enlightened Economist discusses a book called Portfolios of the Poor […]

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Cavalcade of Risk – 128th Edition

Check out the latest edition of the CoR at moneyblog.  There are contributions from a number valued “regulars” as information on risks specific to New Zealand.  It even includes quoatations suchs as the following: “Every noble acquisition is attended with its risks; he who fears to encounter the one must not expect to obtain the […]

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Algorithms to Predict Breast Cancer Stage

Cost effectiveness and quality analysis of the treatment of cancer has long been a goal of health services researchers.  In particular, researchers aim to determine whether various treatments provide cost-effective methods to improve longevity and quality.  Physicians, however, use different treatments depending on the patient’s cancer stage.  Although most cost-effectiveness researchers want to take into […]

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Regional Differences in Medicare Spending and Health Status

Previous research by the team at Dartmouth Atlas found that there is significant regional variation in spending and disease diagnosis frequency, but this variation is not correlated with higher quality.  However, regional variation may be overstated.  According to Zuckerman et al. (2010): “Unadjusted Medicare spending per beneficiary was 52% higher in geographic regions in the […]

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Weekend Links

Do HDHP reduce spending? Pfizer breakup? Farming, nutrition, and health. Pay for Non-Performance. Addiction website. Top 100+ Economists. Ticket scalping, payment=kidneys.

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