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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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The anti-tremor spoon

This is not a paid endorsement.   My uncle just got one of these and he said it’s really amazing.  Just checked out some videos and it is pretty amazing what technology and innovation can do.  

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Quotation of the Day

Common decency counts. Showing up on time and giving respect is key when you’re the CEO. Bob Lefsetz in “Yahoo Lessons” at The Big Picture

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Discrete Choice Experiments: Best Practices

What is the difference between a conjoint analysis and a discrete choice experiement? ISPOR’s guidelines provide some information. “Conjoint analysis” is a broad term that can be used to describe a range of stated-preference methods that have respondents rate, rank, or choose from among a set of experimentally controlled profiles consisting of multiple attributes with varying […]

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Measuring Quality in Cancer Care

Identifying high-quality, cancer care is a laudable goal.  However, a recent article by Alvarnas (2016) says the way many are trying to measure quality of cancer care currently is inadequate.  Specifically: Quality and value are multidimensional, but the narrow focus of many quality measures undermines their effectiveness and meaningfulness. (Porter 2010) Quality and value measures are all […]

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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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