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Archive for November, 2013

California’s Efforts to Aid the Homeless with SMI

Society often likes to ignore the challenges faced by citizens with serious mental illness (SMI), especially those who are homeless. California, however, has funded an initiative to help this vulnerable population. On November 2, 2004, California voters approved Proposition 63, which was signed into law as the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). The MHSA applied […]

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To Ignore or Not to Ignore Non-Response Bias

From Davern (2013): …the three surveys studied showed that for the same total survey budget approximately twice the effective sample size (e.g., from 10,000 to 20,000 effective sample size completed responses) could be obtained if a less aggressive protocol were followed and the research team were willing to accept an approximately 40 percent lower response […]

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Physician Visits in Germany

Will the Affordable Care Act’s reduced reimbursement rates for providers serving the publicly insured make the U.S. look like Germany?  Maybe.  Let me explain why. Background on health insurance in Germany A JHE study by Hendrik Schmitz provides some insight regarding the German health insurance system and a reform in 1997. German physicians are remunerated […]

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Friday Links

  Despising hospital ratings? Is it worth the time? Do high cost hospitals have lower mortality rates? Improving vaccines stability in warm climates. The ethical problem of unpublished trials. Sex workers embrace Obamacare.

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