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Archive for May, 2013

Friday Links

Too much money? 21 page application for Obamacare subsidies. Rate shock and awe in California. The Good Doctor’s Mind Map. All over the map.

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Will missing data affect physician P4P scores?

The answer is yes, but maybe not as much as you may thought. A paper by Ryan and Bao use data from a randomized controlled trial (RCT) called IMPACT (Improving Mood-Promoting Access to Collaborative Treatment) to determine if errors in physician quality  profiling are due mostly to random variation or missing data.  For this report, […]

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Health Insurance Premiums in the Exchange

In the health insurance exchange, premiums will rise significantly.  At least according to Robert Laszewski of Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review: One of the reasons health insurance in the exchange will cost a lot more in most states is because the new health law outlaws many of the existing plans now being offered and […]

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Cavalcade of Risk: Memorial Day Edition

Jeff Rose hosts this week’s small, but powerful, roundup of risk-related posts. From fast-food to k-rations, you’ll run little risk of being disappointed.  The Healthcare Economist bats leadoff.

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Insurance and Receipt of Recommended Care

Insurance doesn’t have much effect on whether patients receive recommended care: Source: Asch SM, Kerr EA, Keesey J, Adams JL, Setodji CM, Malik S, et al. Who Is at Greatest Risk for Receiving Poor-Quality Health Care? New England Journal of Medicine. 2006;354(11):1147-56. PubMed PMID: 16540615. HT: Ashish Jha of The Health Care Blog.

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Use EMR…or else!

Hayward Zwerling of the Health Care Blog notes that a large number of doctors in Massachusetts may soon be losing their license.  Section 108 of Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012 states: The first paragraph of section 2 of chapter 112 of the General Laws … is hereby amended by inserting (the following)… The board (of […]

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Does your child have ADHD?

The share children diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADHD) is between 4.9 percent and 9 percent (depending on your selected source).  Non-Hispanic Whites are the most likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. Between 2009 period and 1998, the average number of children aged 5-17 ever diagnosed with ADHD increased from 6.9% to 9.0% of the […]

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Are minimally invasive surgeries worth the cost?

In the past decades, many surgeries have gone from a standard, open surgical approach to a minimally invasive one using laproscopic, endoscopic, and catheter based techniques.  What has been the effect of these innovations on medical spending and employee absenteeism? To answer this question, a paper by Epstein et al. (2013) examines a sample of […]

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Friday Links

It’s time for some fun reading for the long weekend: Good news. Obamacare’s smoker penalty. Hospital Strike. Mourning the end of catastrophic-only plans? Bag of Shite.

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Health Wonk Review: Sardonic Edition

Brad Wright has posted the latest edition of the Health Wonk Review at Wright on Health, which he describes as “a bit tongue-in-cheek, as I offer some interesting definitions of well-known words and make light of some of the more despair-inducing aspects of the world of health policy. Buckle up, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride!”  Check […]

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