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Kids with 3 parents

No, this is not science fiction. The British Parliament approved a procedure that would permit a new procedure that would allow children to use DNA from 3 parents rather than 2. Here’s why: That insight is why MPs were right to agree, on February 3rd, that Britain should become the first country to allow the […]

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Friday Links

What is precision medicine? Medicaid fees and access to care Potentially practical, in a world without fraud. The graveyard shift. Ebola turning point?

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Quality and Quality of Life

There have been numerous efforts to measure quality of health care, especially among the elderly.  For instance, Nursing Home Compare measures of quality of care for nursing homes.  However, these quality measures focus on health and safety.  They do not measure quality of life.  Atul Gawande’s book Being Mortal describes why nursing homes focus more on […]

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Funding for Digital Medicine on the rise

What is digital health?  Although a single definition is hard to fine, digital health uses data collected from patients to improve care.  Mobile health, the use of electronic medical records, the “quantified self” movement and various forms of health information technology all count as digital health. Is digital health just a fad or will it revolutionize health […]

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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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