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Stimulating Health Care Innovation

How do policymakers increase the speed of healthcare innovation in the US? A 2014 report by RAND gives five proposals which I list below with my own commentary. Enable more creativity in funding basic science. Increasing funding for basic science is a clear way to spur innovation. The opportunity cost of additional funding for science […]

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The Angelina Jolie Effect

You may know that Angelina Jolie is an actress but do you know that she also is influencing the health care decisions of millions of women worldwide?  At least that is the findings from a recent article in Breast Cancer Research.  The Guardian reports: Referrals for genetic breast cancer tests more than doubled in the […]

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Links

Here are some links to check out for the end of the week: Roadblocks to telehealth. Economist job market guide. Cell phone ban. EHR = Grief Counselors as Tarot card readers Is your nursing home really 5-star?

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Employers lose interest in providing health insurance

Recent reforms have lead more and more employers to shift employees to health insurance exchanges.  A PwC report states: Thirty-two percent of employers are considering moving their active employees to a private exchange in the next three years, according to PwC’s 2014 Touchstone survey of 1,200 employers. Many employers already offer online tools similar to […]

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Friday Links

FDA and device regulation. Ebola cards. Drugs and workers comp. Mentorship vs. MOOC. Automate vs. Innovate.  

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Competition Works…even in Medicare Part D

This is the finding from a CBO working paper by Stocking et al. (2014). They use measure how plan bids change as the number of plans in an area change controlling for year, region, plan sponsor fixed effects, whether the plan was a Medicare Advantage Part D Plan (MA-PD), and whether the plan has a […]

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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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