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Health plans getting into the PBM game

Bloomberg reports that Anthem is creating is own pharmacy benefits manager (PBM).  Why?  It says it wasn’t getting a good deal from PBMs. Health insurer Anthem Inc. plans to set up its own pharmacy benefits management unit, signaling a final break with Express Scripts Holding Co. after accusing it of overcharging by billions of dollars. […]

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Links

40% of American adults are obese. The real cost of drug development. Using the right p-value. The next big thing. Giannis!

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HWR is up

Hank Stern of InsureBlog hosts this week’s “Pink edition” Health Wonk Review. Check it out. Also of note this week is that Richard Thaler has the 2017 Nobel prize in economics.  For more on Dr. Thaler’s work, check out the Nobel Prize website.

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Genius

The 2017 MacArthur “Genius” Fellows were awarded this week.  One fellow of particular interest to this blog is mathematician and statistician Emmanuel Candès.  The Stanford University professor uses complex mathematical structures to improve the health care system.  As stated on the MacArthur website: Using an approach that draws on concepts from linear algebra and L1 minimization […]

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Mid-week Links

Why is health care in Singapore cheap? Increased use of biologics to treat patients with RA. Not ‘Rockin the suburbs’ Health Economics using Stata review Value of later school starts: $83 billion?

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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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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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Tuesday Links

What happened to IBM Watson and cancer care? Cancer detection pen. Narrow networks and premiums. Medicaid and dental health. Outcomes based payment for PCSK9.

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Friday Links

Hurricane Harvey’s long-term health effects. The benefits of social insurance. The market for sick leave. Useful reference: demand elasticities by type of service. NHS short £350 million?

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Friday Links

FDA and anti-aging drugs. In defense of the dismal science. Which U.S. city decreased their minimum wage? Medicaid expansion, access and wait times. Are formulary restrictions ever a good thing? The logic of risk taking. Cancer is natural?

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