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Archive for April, 2014

Cavalcade of Risk #207

Rebecca Shafer of the Workers’ Comp Resource Center hosts this week round-up of risk-related posts. It’s particularly interesting to see such a wide variety of topics, including Wounded Warriors and venture capitalists, Aristotle and ERM.

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Guidelines for indirect treatment comparisons

Is treatment A better than treatment B?  This questions is often difficult to answer, especially if there is not head-to-head evidence comparing the two treatments.  In other cases, however, one can use indirect evidence.  For instance, one randomized controlled trial (RCT) may compare treatment A to C (e.g., a placebo) and another trial can compare […]

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Advanced Directives in Wisconsin

CBS discusses the use of advanced directives in Wisconsin. La Crosse, Wis., is a lively Mississippi River town that talks a lot about death. We came to La Crosse because, at last count, 96 percent of the people who passed away here had created advance directives. That’s the highest percentage of end-of-life planning in a […]

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Time-Varying Difference-in-Difference

One research question of interest is the effect of the ACA’s Medicaid expansion on health outcomes.  One way to look at these outcomes would be to do a difference in difference analysis.  Suppose states implemented the Medicaid expansion in 2012.  We could then compare the change in health outcomes for people in states where the […]

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HWR is up

Louise Norris has posted an excellent Ways the ACA Could Be Improved Edition of the Health Wonk Review at Colorado Health Insurance Insider.

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CrowdMed

Last week, I had an interview with Jared Heyman, Founder of the CrowdMed website. What is CrowdMed? Here is the website in the firm’s own words CrowdMed (www.crowdmed.com) is harnessing “the wisdom of crowds” to help solve the world’s most difficult medical cases quickly and accurately. On CrowdMed, a patient with an undiagnosed medical condition can post […]

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Mid-week Links

Moore’s Law in healthcare. Retiree health insurance and early retirement. Knowing how to work the system. Deal or No Deal. Is the toilet free?

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I’d rather have HIV than diabetes

This is what a provocative article in the Spectator concludes. A recent large epidemiological study showed that, for those diagnosed with HIV now, life expectancy is similar to someone who does not have the virus. The medical profession now considers HIV a chronic disease; it’s regarded in public health terms in the same category as, […]

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How much should you bet?

This is an interesting question to ask.  If you are going to the casino, in most cases, the answer is $0.  The odds are stacked against you.  But what if the odds are in your favor, or you believe that your own predicted probability of winning differs from that of the bet? The easy answer […]

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End-of-week links

Suicide and cancer treatment. Hospital consolidation in France. Mini CoR. Exchanges doing just fine. Amazon and wellness.

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