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Friday Links

The cost-effectiveness of CAR-T. Cancer gene testing breakthrough. Uninsured vs. Insured: ER use. Doulas for death. What’s the problem with digital DNA? Plus, please check out the Happy Holiday Health Wonk Review at Workers’ Comp Insider.

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CVS-Aetna merger

Many of you have already heard the news: CVS is buying Aetna for $69 billion.  As the New York Times reports: Together, the companies touch most of the basic health services that people regularly use, providing an opportunity to benefit consumers. CVS operates a chain of pharmacies and retail clinics that could be used by […]

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Links

Real-world effects of Brexit. Cost of Obamacare = an election? Civil rights laws and health inequality. Chinese economic history as seen through eyeglasses. CHIP at risk? Last days of empire edition of HWR

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Friday Links

Medmal. Thanksgiving and healthy eating. Obamacare sign-ups in 2018. Thanksgiving health questions answered The state of digital health

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Progress on Obamacare Sign-ups

According to the N.Y. Times: Despite the Trump administration’s efforts to scale back the health law, about 300,000 more people have signed up for health insurance in the Affordable Care Act marketplaces in the first weeks of this enrollment period than last year. This is about a 25% increase from last year at this time.  However, […]

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Friday Links

FDA defends Orphan Drug Act. AI can detect breast cancer. Smartphone doctors’ appointments. Changes in health care spending, 1996-2013. Study using data from verbal autopsies. Next day Rx. “End the Shenanigans”

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IVI releases its Open-Source Value Project

The Innovation and Value Initiative (IVI)–where I serve as the Director of Research–today released its first Open-Source Value Project in rheumatoid arthritis.  I have pasted the press release below.  Go check it out! Press release:  The Innovation and Value Initiative (IVI) – a collaboration of academics, patient advocacy organizations, payers, life sciences companies, providers, delivery systems, and other organizations dedicated to finding scientifically […]

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Links to start the week

FDA defends Orphan Drug Act. AI can detect breast cancer. Healthy life expectancy calculator. Fax of life. How formidable would Amazon be in pharmacy?

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Trump tax bill keeps the individual mandate

The Trump tax bill–potentially known as the “the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act“– includes provisions such as increasing the standard deduction and reducing the number of tax brackets from 7 to 4.  Additionally, a number of deductions are removed–such as capping local and state property tax deductions at $10,000 and only allowing mortgage interest deductions for […]

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Will CVS buy Aetna for $66 billion?

CVS is in talks to buy Aetna for $66 billion.  This would be a merger between one of the largest pharmacy benefits managers (PBM) in the country and the third largest insurer. A successful deal could push millions of Aetna’s members toward CVS’s retail pharmacies, walk-in Minute Clinics, and services such as home visits for […]

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