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Archive for February, 2018

Need data on health plan benefit design in the ACA exchanges?

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has a publicly available data source you can use to find this information.  Known as HIX Compare, the data contain descriptions of plans in the individual and small group markets across all 50 states. HIX Compare is the only dataset with information on nearly every individual and small group marketplace plan […]

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Is the physicians labor market recession proof?

According to a Health Economics paper by Alice Chen, Anthony Lo Sasso, and Michael R. Richards, the answer is ‘yes’.  According to their study: We leverage a unique dataset on New York physicians to analyze if and how the Great Recession impacted the labor market of physicians who have completed their residency and fellowship training and are […]

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Friday Links

NICE, NHS and cancer drug reimbursement in the UK. Why Medicare Advantage succeeds where Marketplace fails Do 40% of UK docs want to leave the profession? Unintended consequences of abuse-deterrent opioids. “Use a smart toothbrush and get dental insurance at a discount!”

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HWR Going for the Gold Edition

The latest edition of the Health Wonk Review–the Going for the Gold Edition— has been posted at HealthInsurance.org.  Thanks to Steve Anderson for hosting.  Check it out!

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Bayes vs. Fisher

An interesting People of Science video compares the approaches of two titans of statistics, Ronald A. Fisher and Thomas Bayes.

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Do expensive drugs reduce the price of health?

The answer is ‘yes’ according to a report by the Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) titled Reforming Biopharmaceutical Pricing at Home and Abroad. Innovations such as new drugs often reduce the price of health even when the new drug is very expensive relative to other goods. Consider the example of a patient diagnosed with HIV […]

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Collecting data on health state utilities

If you had a given disease, how bad would it be?  Can we quantify people’s happiness based on different diseases?  One way to do this is to measure patient preferences using a concept known as health state utilities.  As stated in a recent ISPOR guidelines, health state utilities are “estimates of the preference for a given […]

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Health care in Peru

Located in South America, Peru is almost twice the size of Texas and has 31 million people.  About one third of these live along the coast, largely in Lima.  About half of the population–largely Amerinidan population–live in the Andean highlands, with the rest spread on the eastern slopes of the Andes and the adjoining rainforest.  […]

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How to become a centaur

Interesting article on how human intelligence and artificial intelligence can be seen as complements rather than substitutes.  Human+AI combinations have been shown to perform better than human or AI alone.  Why? AIs are best at choosing answers. Humans are best at choosing questions. The advent of AI is not a zero sum game.  The symbiotic […]

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AI, Robots and the Future of Health Care

Interesting video from Wired on how artificial intelligence (AI) software may help improve patient care in the future.

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