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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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Who’s on First Health Wonk Review + Links

Brad Wright has posted the  Health Wonk Review: Who’s On First? Edition at Wright on Health.   Check it out along with some other interesting links from the week. Consultants and policymakers. Superbabies. Blocks grants: Case study in Canada. A pact. Standards-based grading. Brand penalty.

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Small business in limbo and other health care stories

The ACA is here…for now.  The AHCA is dead…for now.  Where will the health insurance market be 1 year from now, let alone in 5 or 10 years?  These questions have not yet been answered and the uncertainty is especially taxing for small businesses, especially as their premiums have risen. Marketplace has an interesting story […]

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What is causing U.S. debt to explode?

According to the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO’s) 2017 Long-Term Budget Outlook, you need to look no further than entitlements for the elderly. Mandatory programs have accounted for a rising share of the federal government’s noninterest spending over the past few decades, exceeding 60 percent for the past several years. Much of the growth has occurred because […]

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Links

Economics isn’t everything. Do airline classes reduce prices? Tiered pharmacies in California? More drug pricing transparancy. Cure for sepsis. Narrow networks.

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