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Trump vs. Biden: Impact on the deficit How does mental illness impact COVID-19 mortality rates? 11pt font. Physicians on proposed changes to Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Shakespeare’s greatest villain Half of black adults won’t get a COVID-19 vaccine. Remdesivir final trial findings.

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Trump vs. Biden: Impact on the deficit How does mental illness impact COVID-19 mortality rates? 11pt font. Physicians on proposed changes to Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Shakespeare’s greatest villain Half of black adults won’t get a COVID-19 vaccine. Remdesivir final trial findings.

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ADHD, financial distress and suicide. Will approval of ‘so-so’ COVID-19 vaccine preclude development of a better one? International price index: Lessons from Europe COVID and homelessness.  Explaining variation in wait times by socioeconomic status

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Specialist compensation and ACO performance Racism in health services research. FDA updates Sentinel System website. Drone sanitation. What if the Supreme Court kills Obamacare?

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ACA: In peril with Ginsburg’s seat in play RCT: App to help you quit smoking DCE: Framing bias? pCODR: Do they care about patient advocate input? CRFB: On the fiscal impact of the Biden health plan

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Mathematical vs. conceptual simplicity. “Hell has frozen over” Former FDA Commissioners on EUA for COVID vaccine Drug imports from Canada coming? ED wait times during COVID. COVID money tracker.

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Can hydroxychloroquine prevent COVID-19? Clinical trials during COVID-19. Specialist compensation in ACOs. Moral hazard in the Netherland health insurance system? Where do children play?

Masks work

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That is based on an event study approach from a recent Health Affairs article by Lyu and Wehby (2020). Specifically, Mandating face mask use in public is associated with a decline in the daily COVID-19 growth rate by 0.9, 1.1, 1.4, 1.7, and 2.0 percentage… Read More »Masks work

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Wear a mask. Election forecast uncertainty. Baby born after uterus transplant. Organ sales. Will pandemic lower health insurance premiums?

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JAMA perspective on back to school. Americans with HDHP aren’t using HSAs. Where are they now: digital health unicorns. EITC and mental health. Dems: $25 billion for vaccines.

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How are mosquitos benefiting from COVID-19. Sweden. Explaining Gödel’s proof. L.A. Teachers Union response to COVID-19: end charter schools? defund the police? COVID-19 vaccine = hope-driven hype?

LA: Distance learning only

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The New York Times reports: California’s two largest public school districts said on Monday that instruction would be online-only in the fall, in the latest sign that school administrators are increasingly unwilling to risk crowding students back into classrooms until the coronavirus is fully under… Read More »LA: Distance learning only

Some good news

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As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the US, there was some good news last week from this year’s AIDS conference. Due to COVID-19, the conference had to be held remotely. One policy goal is known as the 90:90:90, which means to identify 90% of… Read More »Some good news

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Long waits for COVID-19 tests. Quantifying the benefits of the Clean Air Act. Pooled testing. Double dipping? Excess deaths trends.

What explains the decline in COVID deaths despite the rising number of cases?

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Take a look at these two graphs. The first gives the number of new COVID-19 cases from John Hopkins University. It is a scary graph. https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/new-cases The second graph is the number of COVID deaths from IHME. Not nearly as bad. https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america CDC reported death… Read More »What explains the decline in COVID deaths despite the rising number of cases?

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Why payers support prior authorizations. Russia health care fact of the day. Doug Glanville, comma. “Schizophrenia is not a casserole illness.” Mortality vs. new cases.

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Modelling COVID-19 dynamics. The cost of medication non-adherence. Hydroxychloroquine is out; dexamethasone is in. CMS and value-based pricing. PhRMA: After 6 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, where are we now?