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I’m very skeptical of appropriateness modifiers. Computer scientist prefers paper voting. The Florida shuffle. Workers’ Comp managed care. Does culture matter for quality of care in hospitals? Should you give up on preventive care?

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Can California afford a single payer system?

There have been a number of moves to try to move California towards a single payer system.  A single-payer bill, Senate Bill 562, was offered up last year.  Some Silicon Valley tech workers are trying to move voters towards a single payer system as well. The question is, can we afford it? This is the […]

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Why would Walmart want to buy Humana?

Walmart is a mega-retailer.  Humana is a health insurer.  Yet Walmart is in talks to either partner with or outright purchase Humana.   Why would Walmart want to do this?  My By becoming a health care provider, Walmart’s image will improve. By becoming a health care provider, Walmart stores will get more traffic as people shop […]

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Cost of chronic pain. Patient-centered tools for choosing cancer treatments What we know about diet: two articles MISCs. AMA CEO on digital health.

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Cigna-Express Scripts merger

Today, Cigna purchased Express Scripts for $52 billion.  This follows another mega-deal where CVS bought Aetna.  The integration of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and insurers is nothing new.  Previously, many insurers managed their own pharmacy benefit.  However, as PBMs grew in size and were able to get larger discounts and rebates, in-house PBMs became less […]

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ROI on VBP. Green jelly beans cause acne? The benefits of competition. Apple to jump into health care? Reverse nudge theory.

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Volunteering is good for you

A feel good research study from Sumedha Gupta (2018): Cognitive decline among the elderly imposes a large welfare and health care cost on the individual as well as society. Little however is known about factors that can mitigate cognitive decline. Using seven waves of the Health and Retirement Study and a fixed effects – instrumental […]

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Serialization. DNA nanorobots. Do dry laws save money? Deliver a highly-effective vaccine — or go home. Slowing pace of life expectancy gains. FDA offers fast track to Alzheimer’s treatments. Pharmacist Amazon?

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2018 State of the Union: Healthcare Recap

What did you think of the State of the Union address?  I won’t get into all the policies and positions put forth by President Trump, but I will review his statements related to health care. And we are serving our brave veterans, including giving our veterans choice in their healthcare decisions. Last year, the Congress […]

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What if Amazon ran hospitals?

Interesting thought experiment, especially in light of the recent Amazon+JP Morgan+Berkshire Hathaway collaboration.   The N.Y. Times states that: Planning for the new company is being led by Marvelle Sullivan Berchtold, a JPMorgan managing director who was previously head of the Swiss drugmaker Novartis’s mergers and acquisitions strategy; Todd Combs, an investment officer at Berkshire […]

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