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Archive for October, 2012

Mid-Week Reading

Start your Wednesday off by taking a look at this week’s Cavalcade of Risk, hosted by My Personal Finance Journey.  Yours truly made the top 3 posts of the week. Other interesting reads include: $78 for one pill. Dental Deserts. Correlation between Recession and Alcohol Abuse. Genius. ACA efforts to contain cost. Medicine with Apps […]

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Why Reducing Waste is Difficult

Identification of waste is difficult, but eliminating it is more difficult. Every dollar of waste is income to some individual or organization. – Victor Fuchs, from “Health Care Reform in the United States“

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On California’s Rising Gas Prices

The episode may also serve as a reminder that the more layers of regulation we put on commerce, the less resilient is the system when something goes wrong. – Jim Hamilton For Californians (like myself) who want to know why gas prices spiked more than 50 cents in about a week, you can read a […]

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The 2012 Nobel Prize in Economics Goes to…

Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapely.  The Wall Street Journal coverage is here. An exerpt is below: Two Americans won the Nobel Prize in economics Monday for research that has improved the way people are matched with limited resources, such as patients with donated organs or students with their preferred high schools. Alvin Roth, a Harvard […]

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America’s Oral Health Crisis…and a Solution?

Frontline has done extensive reporting on the problems of dental care in America.  In particular, they cite the lack of quality that both children and adults receive at various corporate dental firms (e.g., KoolSmiles, Aspen Dental). The problem should not be placed solely on these corporate firms, however.  Reimbursement rates for dentists are low to […]

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Is IPAB the new “Doc Fix”?

There has much debate in the Presidential debates about IPAB, the Independent Payment Advisory Board. IPAB can make cuts to Medicare spending, but the question is whether any of these recommended cuts would  ever actually be enacted, since Congress can reverse any IPAB recommendation.  According to an article in The Hill, the answer may be […]

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Health Wonk Review is up

An “October Surprise” Edition of the Health Wonk Review has been posted at David Williams’ Health Business Blog.  Check it out.

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Can closing a hospital improve the quality of care?

The closing of St. Vincent’s Hospital in the Village in New York City at first glance would reduce access to care for New York residents living in the area.  To fill the void, however, a number of non-traditional providers have entered to fill the space.  For instance, the number of stand-alone urgent care centers are […]

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Wednesday Reading

7-Election. Cost of Cancer in Europe: More than $100 billion? Doing chemotherapy at home will save €430m. Urban Institute on the Ryan plan. Guess the correlation between regulatory stringency and nursing home quality. What is a Reister Pension?

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Are you living in a High-Tax State?

Each year, the Tax Foundation ranks states based on their business tax climate. The full report is available here. The 10 best states in this year’s Index are: Wyoming South Dakota Nevada Alaska Florida Washington New Hampshire Montana Texas Utah Why are these the top-ranked states? “Wyoming, Nevada, and South Dakota have no corporate or […]

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