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Improving DCE Response Rates

Non-response bias is a key problem when conducting any type of survey, including surveys that use a discrete choice experiment (DCE) methodology.  Non-response bias occurs when sampled individuals who respond to the survey differ from those who do not respond in ways that would affect the survey response.  For instance, assume that in the real-world, half of […]

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Mid-week Links

Can computers learn intuition? Antibiotic resistance. How does cancer drug resistance work? Light therapy and cancer treatment. College football is for amateurs? Value assessment frameworks.

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How to improve measures of “value”

Organizations such as the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), Memorial Sloan Kettering and the American Society of Clinical Oncology all have begun producing value frameworks to determine if the value of new drugs are worth the cost.  An interesting Forbes Op-Ed by Anupam Jena and Tomas Philipson in Forbes examines whether these organizations are looking […]

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How does England’s NHS pay for hospital stays?

They use a system similar to the American DRG system.  A paper by Pananicolas and McGuire (2015) report: …the English NHS introduced case-based payment system in 2003/4, where they linked individual case groupings – or Health Related Groups (HRGs)4– to specific reimbursement rates derived from treatment costs. This case-based payment system is essentially a form […]

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Does more spending improve patient outcomes?

The answer to this question is not so clear cut.  Comparing outcome for patients living in Beverly Hills and those in South Los Angeles may be different not only due to health care spending but also due to the patient socioeconomic factors that affect health outcomes.  To get around this econometric challenge, an interesting paper […]

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Friday Links

Flint explained Are both Democrats and Republicans wrong in the repeal Obamacare debate? The importance of astronaut pee. Urban warrior. Goldilocks chooses a health plan.

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Healthcare Economist celebrates 10 year anniversary

On January 19, 2006, I started blogging with this post.  You could say that it was my “Hello World!” post. In ten years, a lot has changed. On a personal note, I got a PhD at UC-San Diego, began work at Acumen, and have moved on to Precision Health Economics.  I moved all around California: […]

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ASSA 2016: Effect of Medigap on Medicare spending

Although most elderly are covered by Medicare, elderly patients face significant cost sharing. For instance, skilled nursing facilities stays are free for the first 20 days, cost $137.50 per day for days 21-100, and patients must pay out of pocket after 100 days. For Part B cost, patients must pay 20% of all costs. Further, […]

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Synthetic Control Method

A common method for measuring the effect of policy interventions is the difference in difference (DiD) approach.  In essence, one examines the change in outcomes among observations subject to the policy intervention and compare them agains observations that were not eligible for the policy intervention. A key assumption for this approach to be valid is […]

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What is the IHS?

What is the Indian Health Service (IHS)?  The video below gives a nice primer on the history of IHS. The IHS provides health care to American Indians and Alaska Natives at 33 hospitals, 59 health centers and 50 health centers.   You can find the current locations of IHS facilities HERE.  Whereas the IHS annual budget […]

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