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Archive for July, 2014

Is real-time patient monitoring here?

At Boston’s Partner’s HealthCare, the answer is yes.  Venture Beat reports: Boston’s Center for Connected Health, a division of Partners HealthCare, launched one of the first ‘connected health’ programs last month. It’s showing early signs of success, according to an article published this week in the Boston Globe. Through the new system, patients can monitor their blood pressure, heart rate, […]

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Obamacare will Increase Use of Elective Surgeries

Expanding health insurance causes moral hazard.  Patients who bear a lower share of cost will inevitably use more health care serices.  On the one hand, this increases the cost of the health care system; on the other hand, the patients who receive the additional care likely have better health outcomes. However, which services will patients who are newly […]

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EHR hacking inevitable. A Tale of Two Cities. Decriminalization and cannabis use. Recession and immigrant’s health care spending. LioMessi. USA defeated, but breaks record.

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Are nursing home expenses driving savings?

From a working paper by Karen A. Kopecky and Tatyana Koreshkova. …even though they are only a third of OOP [out-of-pocket] health expenses, the presence of nursing home expenses accounts for more than half of savings for all health expenses…We find that 27 percent of savings for old-age OOP health expenses, 3.7 percent of private wealth, is […]

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What’s in store for 2015?

PwC’s Health Research Institute projects what is going to happen to health spending in 2015.  According to their annual report, Medical Cost Trend: Behind the Numbers: At first glance, the health sector [in 2015] appears to be reverting to historical patterns of bouncing back as the nation recovers from the economic doldrums. Whether spending more freely because […]

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