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Friday Links

Retiring from unemployment. A note from PCORI’s Director. Spanish flu and economic performance. Bars close later = improved safety? Effect of a soda tax. The flaws of big data.

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Friday Links

The Affordable Care Act is working. The Affordable Care Act is not working. Can a supercomputer treat brain cancer? Can parking be too cheap? Can college football players to unionize?

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Does putting health care report cards online matter?

Pennsylvania, through the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), has been a pioneer in developing performance grades on Coronary Artery Bypass Craft Surgery for health care providers and posting them online.  Although PHC4 has published Pennsylvania’s Guide to Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery since the early 1990s, these documents were paper documents and potentially […]

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Coming to a town near you?

  Many people living outside the U.S., may find it odd that U.S. pharmacies–stores that provide products that are supposed to improve health–sell tobacco as well.  However, this practice may go the way of the dinosaur.  According to the New York Times, CVS Caremark, the country’s largest drugstore chain in overall sales, announced on Wednesday that […]

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Can health care employment decline?

Health care spending always increases and employment in the health care sector always rises.  At least that has been the trend over the last 10 plus years.  However, we may be seeing a shift.  Health care spending has grown much more slowly in recent years (3-4%) and the latest jobs report indicates that health care […]

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A liberal health economist who does not advocate a single payer system

“I have not advocated the single payer model here because our government is too corrupt. Medicare is a large insurance company whose board of directors (Ways and Means and Senate Finance) accept payments from vendors to the company. In the private market, that would get you into trouble.” Uwe Reinhardt HT: Wonkblog

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PwC Top Healthcare Trends for 2014

PwC predicts the top trends in Healthcare for 2014. Rethinking roles. Fiscal pressures, sweeping regulatory changes under the Affordable Care Act, and an industry-wide shift to consumerism have given rise to a new health economy. To succeed, some healthcare organizations are reinventing themselves. Insurers are acquiring provider groups. Providers are entering the insurance business. Retailers […]

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Who pays for your Rx?

More and more its CMS (i.e., Medicare and Medicaid) or private insurance. Out-of-pocket spending for drugs is falling. Source: Deloitte.  “Value-based pricing for pharmaceuticals: Implications of the shift from volume to value” Issue Brief, 2012.

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The Rational Addict

The New York Times has an interesting profile of Dr. Carl Hart and his research into the neurology of rational addition. Dr. Hart recruited addicts by advertising in The Village Voice, offering them a chance to make $950 while smoking crack made from pharmaceutical-grade cocaine…To participate, they had to live in a hospital ward for […]

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Regional Variation: Interpretation

The quality and efficiency of the care patients receive is often determined by the accident of where they live and seek care. – Dartmouth Atlas Brief Within-[region] variation in spending and utilization is significantly larger than the across [region] variation for both Medicare and Medicaid.” – Report for the Institute of Medicine. Which statement is […]

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