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Archive for September, 2016

Friday Links

Using biomarker data. Cancer moonshot has started. Frakt on value frameworks. A downside of work. Drug price negotiation coming to the U.S.

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The Innovation and Value Initiative (IVI) has launched

I’m excited to announce that the Innovation and Value Initiative (IVI) has just launched.  I will be serving as the Director of Research.  Below, I have reposted the IVI press release so you can lear more about the initiative. Precision Health Economics today launched the Innovation and Value Initiative (IVI), a multi-stakeholder scientific initiative to […]

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Research

Not what the Healthcare Economist would do, but entertaining nonetheless… Plus this quotation: “Since learning about confirmation bias, I keep seeing it everywhere!” Hat tip: Better Humans and The Browser

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Dismal Arithmetic of Hepatitis C Treatment?

The American Journal of Managed Care has an interesting special issue on treatment for the hepatitus C virus (HCV).  Jay Bhattacharya provides the introductory commentary, and starts off with the following. Although the medical prospects facing patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) have never been better, the prospect of gaining access to a cure is another […]

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Effect of job loss on physical and mental health

Previous research has found that losing your job has an adverse effect on your physical and mental health.  Because losing your job is endogenous, often studies of this sort look at plant closures as an individual’s job loss is largely uncorrelated with individual performance. An interesting paper by Schiele and Schmitz (2016) take this a step […]

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HWR is up

Louise and Jay Norris mark Colorado Health Insurance Insider’s 10 year blogging anniversary – congratulations!! – with a rousing edition of Health Wonk Review. She notes that there’s a little something for everyone, and highlights the fact that healthcare reform is still very much a work in progress.   You can find a link to […]

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Economic Dimensions of Personalized and Precision Medicine

I am attending a National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Pre-Conference on Economic Dimensions of Personalized and Precision Medicine. You can find the meeting agenda here. The speakers today were very interesting and touched on a number of topics with respect to precision medicine including: Measuring the value of a precision medicine diagnostic test Determining […]

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The anti-tremor spoon

This is not a paid endorsement.   My uncle just got one of these and he said it’s really amazing.  Just checked out some videos and it is pretty amazing what technology and innovation can do.  

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Does private ownership improve quality of care?

In the case of elderly care services in Sweden, the answer is ‘yes’.  In Bergman et al. (2016), the authors… assemble a large data set on elderly care services in Sweden between 1990 and 2009 and estimate how opening to private provision affected mortality rates – an important and not easily contractible quality dimension – […]

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Links to Start your Week

Physicians and numeracy. Should pharmaceutical research be not-for-profi? Index funds turn 40. Cancer care: US vs EU Hillary Clinton’s “full medical records”

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