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Archive for February, 2012

Where can I get my health care?

Most people think that medical services typically provided in a physician’s office of a hospital.  However, medical services can be provided in a variety of settings. Medicare categorizes providers according to a place of service variable.  The place of service include the following settings: Pharmacy; School; Homeless Shelter; Indian Health Service Free-standing Facility; Indian Health […]

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Weekend Links

The unbearable irrelevance of primary care. Certified Cannabaceuticals. It’s about contraception, stupid. The end of Innovation-Nation? Taxes: Obama vs. Romney.

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Health Wonk Review: More than Birth Control Pills

Health care-related news topped the headlines this week. Mandates for insurers to include birth control pill in their plan benefits and news related to the Susan G. Koman foundation were featured on the front pages of most national newspapers. While the birth control and Susan G. Koman stories are certainly important ones, there is a […]

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Do Disease Management and Value-Based Purchasing Programs Work?

In short, the answer is no. The CBO released an issue brief examining two types of demonstrations. Disease management and care coordination demonstrations have sought to improve the quality of care of beneficiaries with chronic illnesses and those whose health care is expected to be particularly costly. Value-based payment demonstrations have given health care providers […]

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CLASS Act Repealed

In 2011, 13 percent of Americans were over 65 years old.  In the coming years, this number will only increase.  Unsurprisingly, the demand for long-term care will also increase. Currently, spending on long-term care in Medicaid only was over $50 billion in 2009. One option for increasing the affordability of the long-term care market is […]

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Fraudulent Cancer Research: An Exception or the Tip of the Iceberg

Yesterday, 60 Minutes reported on Dr. Anil Potti, researcher at Duke University.  Dr. Potti supposedly offered cancer patients improved cancer treatments.  These recommendations, however, were based on falsified data. “Five years ago, Duke University announced it had found the holy grail of cancer research. They’d discovered how to match a patient’s tumor to the best chemotherapy […]

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Quotation of the Day: On Wickedness

‘I’ll let you know as soon as I can, Danglars. I shall try to speak to Monsieur de Villefort and intercede with him on the prisoner’s behalf. I know that he is a rabid Royalist; but, dammit, though he’s a Royalist and a crown prosecutor, he is also a man and not, I believe, a […]

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A Special Cavalcade of Risk

The Sesquicentennial Edition of the Cavalcade of Risk is posted at My Wealth Builder. Check it out.

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Will competitive bidding work in Medicare?

In my opinion the answer is yes.  A book by Coulam, Feldman and Dowd also would agree with me. Recently, Medicare began a competitive bidding process for durable medical equipment.  Is it working?  According to the Wall Street Journal, the answer is no. “Normally when the government wants to buy something, it asks companies how […]

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Hot Links

Check out these interesting articles as we head toward the weekend. How much do you know about Medicare? Coming apart. Rents in Beijing higher than New York? Patients=sheep?  Docs=dogs? Governmental business is increasingly important. And one more late addition: 1-2-3-4-5.

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