Regulating 23andMe

A number of companies, such as 23andMe, allow individuals to sequence their own genes in order to attempt to determine if they have an elevated risk for certian diseases. This sector has largely been unregulated…until now. The Economist reports, On November 22nd the FDA…sent a stern letter to 23andMe, a genetic-testing firm. Despite “more than…

Thanksgiving Cheat Sheet

What happens if you’re having Thanksgiving dinner and the topic turns to health care.  Or worse, the status of Healthcare.gov and the Obamacare Health Insurance Exchanges.  What do you do? How do you sound in the know, even if you’ve been slacking off any haven’t ready my blog for months?  The Wall Street Journal provides…

What is value-based pricing?

Where has public policy gone in the last few years?  Popular policies include move towards more bundled payments, the creation of accountable care organizations, additional funding for comparative effectiveness research (CER), evidence-based medicine (EBM) and value-based purchasing programs that link payments to various quality metrics. With health care costs rising, payers are looking to decrease…