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Archive for October, 2017

When even good news on the opioid crisis is really bad news

Using Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project data between 1997 and 2014, Tedesco et al. (2017) find that–like many other studies–that the opioid epidemic has exploded in the last two decades. [Inpatient] discharge rates for prescription opioid poisoning increased significantly by 8.0 percent annually from 1997 to 2010 in the inpatient setting and 5.0 percent annually from […]

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2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine goes to…

Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash, Michael W. Young.  The three Nobel prize winners received their prize for their work understanding the molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm.  As summarized in the Nobel prize announcement: Using fruit flies as a model organism, this year’s Nobel laureates isolated a gene that controls the normal daily biological rhythm. […]

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Why do physician practices join value-based payment initiatives?

Are physicians ready for value-based payment? That is the question a recent paper by Markovitz et al. (2017) attempts to answer. This question is not hypothetical as the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (MACRA) requires physicians to choose between the current fee-for-service structure under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or […]

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Monday Links

What’s the right p-value? Does medical marijuana improve worker productivity? Kaiser partners with Target. Pay the players. Thoughts on Massachusetts’ cost control law.

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