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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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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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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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