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Does risk aversion change after a health shock. DCE vs. BWS. Does insurance cause high pharmaceutical prices? The latest developments in P4P. Drug prices rise, but ROI falls?

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CON laws don’t reduce mortality Why don’t people like pharma companies? Just give ‘em cash. Is value-based purchasing being undermined? Cancer drugs don’t live up to the hype?

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CRISPR=Sputnik 2.0 RIP Leibniz. Budget caps in Germany. Getting value frameworks right. Repeal and delay = the next ‘doc fix’?

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All or nothing FDA approval. Value of G-CSF. GMOs. “The curious have won.” Clinical trial disclosure. Barriers to value-based agreements. What is NexusACO?

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The Healthcare Economist on NPR

Check out my interview on NPR with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson about what recent changes in health insurance premiums changes mean for the future of the Affordable Care Act.  

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Rising drug prices. QPP. Healthcare-wide CER. The age of tech. AI and medicine.

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Obamacare Death Spiral?

Health insurance premiums are projected to increase an astronomical 25% for plans in the health insurance exchanges. Some pundits claim that these increases represent that Obamacare is crumbling or in a death spiral. As premiums rise, healthy people flee the market. This leaves insurers with only more sick individuals which leads to premium increases. More […]

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Should prisoners get a cure for HCV? Food stamps and beer. Cutting a cake fairly. Uber for caregivers. MSF rejects 1m free vaccines.

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Health state utilities: Best practices and critique. Health, big data and privacy. Tying drug prices to patient outcomes. Dr. Watson. Absolute vs. relative risk.

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2016 Nobel Prize in Medicine goes to…

Yoshinori Ohsumi. He won the award for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy. What is autophagy? The Nobel Prize website explains: The word autophagy originates from the Greek words auto-, meaning “self”, and phagein, meaning “to eat”. Thus,autophagy denotes “self eating”. This concept emerged during the 1960’s, when researchers first observed that the cell could […]

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