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Archive for January, 2016

ASSA 2016: Effect of Medigap on Medicare spending

Although most elderly are covered by Medicare, elderly patients face significant cost sharing. For instance, skilled nursing facilities stays are free for the first 20 days, cost $137.50 per day for days 21-100, and patients must pay out of pocket after 100 days. For Part B cost, patients must pay 20% of all costs. Further, […]

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ASSA 2016: Measuring the benefit of statin use

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that patients take an aspirin per day to prevent myocardial infarction and ischemic stroke.¬†¬† At a presentation at the 2016 ASSA meetings, √Čtienne Gaudette presented results from a study measuring the benefit of implementing the USPSTF recommendation. They find that that there are significant health gains […]

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Happy 2016!

Starting off 2016 with some humor: Economists put decimal points in their forecasts to show that they have a sense of humour William Gilmore Simms, on forecasts

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