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CRISPR as a diagnostic?

Innovation can occur various ways.  Consider the rapidly evolving area of clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) Zika, meet CRISPR. …researchers have incorporated the gene-editing system CRISPR into a diagnostic test — one that can differentiate between two strains of the Zika virus. CRISPR has been hailed for its potential to fix mutations that cause disease. […]

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Quotation of the Day

“Science is what we have learned about how to keep from fooling ourselves.” ― Richard Feynman

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Quotation of the Day

Doubt grows with knowledge. J.W. von Goethe The comprehension of truth calls for higher powers than the defence of error. J.W. von Goethe

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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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