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Archive for April, 2014

“The medical marketplace is broken”

This quote is from David Blumenthal, a physician and former Harvard Medical School professor, who was the national coordinator for health information technology between 2009-2011.  He describes in an interview for the Atlantic why adoption of electronic medical records has been so slow in the U.S. From the patient’s perspective, this is a no-brainer. The benefits […]

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The role of coaches and student-athletes

Today I take a break from my traditional blogging on healthcare and briefly discuss two issues related to student-athletes.  These questions include: Are coaches employers or educators? Should students get unlimited meal plans? I discuss each below. Much of the content is drawn largely from one of my favorite non-healthcare blogs, Wages of Wins. Are […]

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Who is health care’s Amazon.com?

That is the quesition PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) asks in it’s latest report.  Although the report does not make any specific predictions, there are some interesting case studies it presents.  Some of these case studies include: Earlier this year, Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S5 smartphone, complete with a built-in heart rate monitor. In […]

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The uselessness of volume-based hospital analysis

Do hospitals with higher volumes have better outcomes? If hospitals specialize or providers learn-by-doing, hospitals with more admissions or more procedures may have higher quality. A paper by Hentschker and Mennicke (2014) examine just this question and find: We define hypothetical minimum volume standards in both conditions and assess consequences for access to hospital services […]

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Friday Links

California Medicaid backlog: 800,000. Medicare reveals physician practice patterns to public. ACA hole for spouses. Sebelius resigns. Who is Sylvia Mathews Burwell?

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HWR goes to the Lighthouse

Billy Wynne has posted a great  Health Wonk Review – The April Fools’ Edition at Healthcare Lighthouse. Billy’s is a first-timer and gives a fresh perspective on the HWR. Check-it out!

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Why rich woman don’t get fat

This is the title of an Atlantic article that finds the that although more woman than men are obese, this gap narrows for high-income women. One reason for this difference could be that women are more penalized than men for being fat. In fact, the Atlantic finds that the annual cost of obesity is $4,879 […]

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Quotations on Big Data

“There are a lot of small data problems that occur in big data.  They don’t disappear because you’ve got lots of the stuff. They get worse.” David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at Cambridge university Via FT.

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Wisconsin’s Unique Medicaid Non-Expansion

The Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act was legal with one exception: the federal government could not require states to increase Medicaid eligibility. Although States were not required to make Medicaid eligibility more generous, the did have an incentive to do so. The federal government will pay 90% of the cost of enrolling […]

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Friday Links

Retiring from unemployment. A note from PCORI’s Director. Spanish flu and economic performance. Bars close later = improved safety? Effect of a soda tax. The flaws of big data.

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