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Will Better Care deliver better care?

The Senate’s new health care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, proposes a number of changes to the Affordable Care Act.  The Kaiser Family Foundation has a detailed breakdown of the bill and compares it with the Affordable Care Act that President Obama passed and the American Health Care Act that was proposed […]

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Mid-week Links

U.S. ranks poorly in differences in self-reported health by income. FDA pulls opioid off the market. Medicaid reform. Follow the money. Value frameworks and IVI Insurers now joining Obamacare?

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Mid-week Links

ACA and healthcare spending. Risk adjustment and the ACA. Value framework harmonization? Is value-based pricing coming for drugs? “…it also caused mutations to more than a thousand other unintended genes“

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Links

Is big data eclipsing RCTs? Interview with Raj Chetty. Pink boxes in LA. Immunotherapy and precision medicine. The cost of high-risk pools.

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“We are not going to let the fact there are not additional monies right now to prevent us from offering these additional services”

That is what Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said about his plan to expand urgent mental health care to thousands of veterans.  Specifically, the Shulkin plan would include mental health services for service members with less-than-honorable discharges. As reported in Modern Healthcare, Shulkin testified to Congress that of the 20 veterans who take their lives each day, about 14 […]

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Highlights from the 2017 ISPOR Conference

Over the past few days, I have been attending the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) 2017 Annual Conference in Boston. The session had a number of interesting presentations. While I was not able to catch them all, below are links to a few highlights. Darius Lakdawalla, Defining and Measuring Value in Healthcare […]

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Friday Links

Nocebo effect. AppleWatch can detect AFib. Canada to the US: We are not your drugstore. Senate on AHCA: “The House bill isn’t going to pass over here.” NHS docs: Max 1% raise until 2020.

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End of the Week Links

Safety regulation: Unintended consequences in the NFL? Measles is back. Physicians, coding, and reimbursement. Is healthcare funding a game of hot potato? 70% of employers offer HDHP.

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Mid-week Links

Does increasing MD reimbursement increase patient access to care? Cure for diabetes? A huge waste of money? The benefits of early treatment. A money-back guarantee.  

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Trump’s First 100 Days: A Healthcare Review

The Order to begin the ACA Repeal. Appointing Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Appointing Tom Price to run HHS. Proposing the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to replace Obamacare. Confirming Seema Verma to run CMS. Delayed implementation of bundeled payments. Trump decides to continue Obamacare insurance subsidies. All this and more happened in Donald […]

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