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A Christmas present?

Good news reported from the NY Times: In a scientific triumph that will change the way the world fights a terrifying killer, an experimental Ebola vaccine tested on humans in the waning days of the West African epidemic has been shown to provide 100 percent protection against the lethal disease. The vaccine has not yet […]

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Staying healthy during the holidays

Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanza bring a sense of joy to many.  At the same time, the holiday times are often a time of stress as well.  There is financial pressure to buy presents for your children, pressure to make Christmas perfect, family members not getting along, etc. These and other challenges around the holidays problems […]

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Mid-week links

Unified theory of scarcity. Will price transparency cut costs? Potential. Surprise bills. Should academics partner with industry? Giannis!

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Friday Links

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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Friday Links

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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Friday Links

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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Friday Links

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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Friday Links

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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