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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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Science facts from 2017. Peak pharma? 2017 year in charts. Nature’s 10. Physicians ignore an important source of data…the patient.  “If you don’t sit and talk with a patient for a half hour, in terms of your job description no one is going to be mad at you. But if you don’t know what the hemoglobin […]

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Vox’s best stories of 2017. What is the value of treating blindness? Workers’ comp is shrinking. Is Taiwan a model for the U.S. Are changes to the Orphan Drug Act coming?

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An open-source approach to value assessment Economic freedom in North America. Cyberbullying and suicide. Why are we moving away from academic medical centers to academic health systems? Reform within state employee health plans

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

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