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HIV Developments: The Good and the Bad

The World Health Organization estimates 35 million people and more than 1 million people in the US have AIDS. Further, 18% of Americans with HIV are unaware of their infections. Nevertheless, over the last decade, the US has made major strides in reducing HIV incidence. The BBC reports that a new JAMA study found that: […]

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Thursday Links

Doctors on demand. Get rid of the employer mandate? Healthcare M&A. Preventable deaths by State. A braille phone. Reading your therapist’s notes.

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ACA, Medicaid Enrollment and the Woodwork Effect

The Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act with one major exception; it declared that states did not have to expand their Medicaid eligibility rules. However, the ACA may have indirectly increased Medicaid enrollment even in States that did not change their eligilbity rules. Avalere Health reports that: 17 of the 26 states that did not […]

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Time-Varying Difference-in-Difference

One research question of interest is the effect of the ACA’s Medicaid expansion on health outcomes.  One way to look at these outcomes would be to do a difference in difference analysis.  Suppose states implemented the Medicaid expansion in 2012.  We could then compare the change in health outcomes for people in states where the […]

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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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