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Overview of the American Health Care Act (a.k.a. “Repeal and Replace”)

Before we get into the details of how the American Health Care Act bill will proposed to change the current system, let’s first talk about what is not changing.  In fact, while “repeal and replace” has a catchy ring to it, there is a lot that is staying the same.  As Ezra Klein of Vox notes, […]

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Links to start the week

Obamacare replacement? My drug problem. Do ACOs reduce post acute care use? Eating with 4 ingredients. MD Anderson benches Watson? Patient = partner.

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Patient and Physician Risk Preferences

Physicians are supposed to act as agents for patients, acting in their best interest. But a question is, how well do physician know patient preferences? How well do physician preferences reflect those of patients. Previous research indicates that for terminal diseases, patients are risk loving. My own recently published research (with co-authors Schwartz, Okoro and […]

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Friday Links

Outcomes-based contracting. Off the shelf CAR-T? Physician opioid prescribing. Regional variation in back surgery. Free health care?

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Friday Links

Superbugs. Pharma execs on Trump. US gov’t should buy Gilead? Artificial skin. Low cost private schools? Trump = Marxist? Plus check out the Health Wonk Review’s Inauguration Edition at Managed Care Matters.

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ISPOR Paper of the year

The ISPOR paper of the year award for best publication in Value in Health was given to Basch et al. (2016) for their study titled Methods for Developing Patient-Reported Outcome-Based Performance Measures (PRO-PMs).  The abstract is below. Objective: To recommend methods for assessing quality of care via patient-reported outcome-based performance measures (PRO-PMs) of symptoms, functional status, […]

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Trump Press Conference: Healthcare related comments

Below is a summary of Donald’s Trump’s press conference today with all his comments related to health care (HT NYT). On keeping preventing foreign firms from acquiring U.S. pharma firms for tax purposes We’ve got to get our drug industry back. Our drug industry has been disastrous. They’re leaving left and right. They supply our […]

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Insurance value of multiple sclerosis therapies

An interesting paper from Shih et al. in this month’s edition of AJMC finds that–due to risk aversion–healthy individuals actually place a high value on the development of new treatments for multiple sclerosis. Results: In the baseline model, Avonex, Tysabri, and Tecfidera generated $46.2 billion of total value to consumers, almost one-third of which accrued […]

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Voting paradoxes

On this election day, let’s take a look at a video showing what the limitations of voting are.   It’s Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem made easy. HT: The Browser

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The Quest to Improve Health Care Quality

By 2018, CMS aims to tie 90% of reimbursements to value-based care. Value-based reimbursement is the latest rage. According to a paper by Levine and co-authors in JAMA Internal Medicine, however, progress on quality of care has been modest at best. Despite more than a decade of efforts to improve the quality of health care […]

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