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Friday Links

Obamacare and 2015 insurance premiums. Avoidable deaths. Science in the cloud. Are homicide rates really declining? Is the price of health care decelerating? Toilet sans water. Revitalizing the art of the physical exam.

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EHR hacking inevitable. A Tale of Two Cities. Decriminalization and cannabis use. Recession and immigrant’s health care spending. LioMessi. USA defeated, but breaks record.

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SCOTUS Obamacare Ruling

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) recently ruled that family owned and other closely held companies can opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s provisions for no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance if they have religious objections.  Is this a blow to Obamacare?  Yes and No.  The practical implications may be small but […]

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Friday Links

Vaccinate your kids. Antibiotic resistance hot spots? Scope bias. The cause of unexplained strokes? USA! USA!  

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Friday Links: World Cup Edition

Get your Friday health care fix… How to fix the VA? Cost to fix Obamacare. Obamacare ‘sticker shock’ not shocking. Sanofi + Medtronic vs. Diabetes. Exchange premiums rise by 8%. Black box warning backfires? …and in the spirit of the World Cup, here are two sports-related posts… USMNT! Athletes = company-town employees? The U.S. plays […]

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Friday Links

Don’t be a rationalist. Moral hazard? The end of patents? How much market power to hospitals really have? Principal-agent problem. Minimum access to care standards.

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Will a VA scandal happen in England?

The VA scandal of long wait times is now well-known. Part of the reason why patients were left off official wait lists–ironically–was because VA senior staffers wanted to reduce wait times. Senior VA staff monitored wait times closely to check for any upticks. Some of the VA management at the Phoenix hospital believed the only […]

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End of week links

Another type of SID for newborns. Longer bar hours, fewer drunk drivers? Marginal tax rates >100%? (Not) Defending Medicare Advantage? Docs: “overwhelming impulse to flee…” Is treating alcoholics profitable?  

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New Apple iOS adds Health

Typically, when Apple unveils a new operating system much of the talk is about new features, faster processing speeds and new visualizations.  Apple’s unveiling of their most recent operating system is no different.  However, this release has a unique focus: health. Apple is getting into the quantified self health movement with their new Health app.  The app […]

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Organ Donation: World Cup Edition

What do organ donation and soccer (or football or fútbol) have in common?  Typically, not much.  However, one Brazilian soccer team, Sport Club do Recife, though otherwise.  The BBC reports: “Every Brazilian is born with football in the soul,” says Jorge Peixoto, of Sport Club Recife, one of the top teams in the north-east of the […]

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