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Category: Current Events

  • Mid-week links

    COVID-19 vaccine now approved for kids 6 months and up. How big is the marriage tax? USPSTF: Should you be taking your vitamins? Gas taxes and weight loss. How did CJR impact PROs?

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    “…current inflation levels are much closer to past inflation peaks than the official series would suggest.” Impact of minimum wage on health Alcohol excise tax impact on drinking. Good looking CEOs? 100m Americans have health care debt.

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    Can you see the problem? Lost Generation of Innovative Apps? Health/education industry loses jobs vs. pre-pandemic levels. History of mall walking. Creation of the Americas Health Corps 

  • Friday Links

    Accelerated Approval Drugs are not driving Medicaid spending. Monkeypox outbreak? 3D-printed ear. E-commerce’s impact on retail. The safety net and violence. Why Aren’t People Leaving Janesville? California: Eligibility determination and computer errors for Medi-Cal vs. Covered California.

  • Veterans health care news

    As I do every year on Memorial Day, I like to review recent news articles surrounding health care for veterans. Corruption: On the negative side, we have news of a former VA employee stealing HIV medication. A former pharmacy procurement technician was sentenced today to 57 months in prison for stealing prescription HIV medications from […]

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    REITs own 3% of all hospitals and 12% of all skilled nursing facilities. DCE methods: Separating attribute non-attendance from taste heterogeneity. Causal Directed Acyclic Graphs (DAG). Remote work and home prices. Legislation to combat prior authorization delays.

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    How is FDA trying to accelerate development of cures for rare disease? Health tech due diligence in M&A. Is the FTC anti-trust process unconstitutional? Does improving energy efficiency save energy? Is workers’ comp overpriced?

  • Demand for US Travel Nurses Plunges

    In the past months, many hospitals and other health care providers have noted the steep rise in the cost of hiring nurses. Many providers saw double digit year-on-year growth of nurse wages. For instance, some health systems in Louisiana saw a 16% rise in labor costs between 2021 and 2020. In large part, much of […]

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    Trends in retail prescription drug costs. How would you fix the federal budget? ACA premiums fall. Prioritizing mental health care. School choice and housing values.  Liability risk and innovation. European Health Data Space: what’s next?

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    Progress and pitfalls of bundled payment. Direct-to-employer contracting. Are bad online reviews an indicator of quality?  Racial disparities and fear of COVID. Coverage after the public health emergency ends.

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    Operation Warp Speed for nasal COVID-19 vaccines? End of the airplane mask mandate? How should you think of copay coupons? Does access to affordable housing reduce child abuse? “Increased substance abuse accounts for between 9 and 26 percent of the decline in prime-age labor-force participation between February 2020 and June 2021”

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    What is the Office of Climate Change and Health Equity (OCCHE)? Did YouTube ads increase COVID-19 rates? GDP vs. GNP. Do State Medicaid Agencies use text messages? Healthcare market debate explained with economics.

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    Does access to pharmacogenomic testing results impact prescribing behavior? Digital endpoints for clinical trials. Medicare Advantage and mental health. Nurses on RaDonda Vaught verdict. Confidence intervals, compatability intervals, uncertainty intervals.

  • The US is in the World Cup’s “Group of Death”…maybe

    Background on World Cup Qualifying The World Cup will take place in November-December 2022 in Qatar. Today, the 8 groups of 4 teams were selected for the World Cup. A common tradition when evaluating the groups is to see from which of these groups is it most difficult to teams to advance to the elimination […]

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    Ukraine’s cancer children. Is AI for medicine overhyped? Where is antitrust litigation heading? What is the future of the workplace post-COVID? Do pharmacists have prescribing authority?

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    Alcohol deaths during COVID. Operation Warp Speed: “scaling not discovering”. Expedited drug approval programs around the world. Should medical errors lead to jail time? Travel nursing: a problem or solution?

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    Provider prices: Non-group vs. employer-provided health insurance. Does telehealth work for long-term care? Should health plans exclude “star” hospitals from their network? Sutter wins anti-trust case. Are patients good at price shopping? There is no such thing as countries. The future of surfing.

  • Key questions: Mid-week links

    Fair prices→ Fair access? Harmonize HTA? What has California done on drug prices? Do work hours explain the gender pay gap? Does HDHP lead to lower hospital-negotiated prices for childbirth services? Is regret minimization or utility maximization a better decision rule? Does steps per day impact mortality?

  • No surprise bills?

    In a February 10th speech, President Biden wanted to end surprise bills for patients. Specifically he said: No more surprise billing.  No more. In fact, he proposed the No Surprises Act. Key questions you may have include: what is a surprise bill? are there any exceptions to this rule? Kaiser Health News has a nice […]

  • Biden State of the Union Address 2022: Focus on Health

    As I do every year, below are the highlights of the state of the union address related to health care. Capping insulin prices First, cut the cost of prescription drugs. We pay more for the same drug produced by the same company in America than any other country in the world. Just look at insulin. […]

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    AHIP: Hospital price hikes. PBM prices for brand vs. generics.  Accuracy of Medicare vs. Medicaid claims data. Progress on hospital interoperable data sharing. HDHP and delays in hernia surgery. HPV vaccination rates fall during pandemic.  footBayes R package. Selection bias from delayed study entry in clinical genomic studies.

  • Mid-week Links

    Mark Cuban: “​​I’d rather f— up the drug industry in every way possible.” Türkiye. The case for doctor abundance. UoPeople. AI/ML vs. traditional econometric approaches: substitutes of compliments?

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    California indoor mask mandate to end next week. More government involvement in clinical trials? SAFER electronic health records. Innovation and nails.  Cost offset literature. Substance abuse and COVID-19.

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    Can cataract surgery stave off dementia? Cancer statistics 2022. U.S. uninsured 8.9%. Economist: In defense of the consumer welfare standard. Kaiser and adverse selection in California?

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    How to deliver personalized therapies. Survival curve…for disk drives? Value-based contracts 2009-2019. FTC Chair interview. A pharmacist’s $180m fraud.

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    Pharma bro: guilty. Douthat: “How Being Sick Changed My Health Care Views”. GAVI: $150m for malaria vaccine roll-out in sub-Saharan Africa Falling drug prices? Will CMS ban PBM direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees? Will Democrats deliver on their health care promises?

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    Supreme court blocks broad COVID-19 vaccine mandate.  Trends in geographic variation in Medicare spending. ACA and marriage. Medicare Advantage hospice carve-in? Ethnic disparities in ED wait times.

  • Friday Links

    Calorie labeling: supply-side effects. Top fiscal policy charts of 2021. Lottery-based COVID-19 vaccination incentives don’t work. Will this trend persist long-term? Who should be vaccinated first? Mental health and same-sex marriage legislation. Panacea and Hygeia. US-Europe chronic condition gap narrowing. COVID-19 and older worker’s employment rates.

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    Will Medicare drug price negotiation increase drug prices for the commercially insured? Gottlieb: FDA and at-home testing. Physician noncompete agreements. To Hope or Not to Hope. Gains from trade. 

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    Medicare Advantage for all. Christmas deadweight loss? EUA for molnupiravir. Propublica: Why the FDA blocked cheap rapid tests. Why to get a booster.

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    Virtual surgery. Change in premiums for ACA Marketplace plans. The metaverse and medicine. Brain computer interface. “No shots, no school” in LA.

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    Top health insurers by state. UnitedHealth revenues: $320 billion. Shortages and health care staff elasticity. How to ask useful questions. Physician assistants or physician associates? And for fun: What the Packers did on their bye week.

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    Medicaid expansion and ED wait times. ACA enrollment update. Mental health and COVID-19 risk. Virtual-first primary care. Impact of administrative burden.

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    Impact of VBP on in-hospital infection rates. NPC on HTA in the US Credibility revolution in economics and its impact on health policy.  Philly to ban low level traffic stops. FDA: Standards for RWD. $50 trillion. The end of cervical cancer?

  • Nursing shortages

    While the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the worst part of the pandemic is largely past us (see NYT graph) with more people getting vaccinated. One would expect that as vaccine uptake has risen and cases have fallen, interest in the nursing profession would rise and those who left the nursing profession due to COVID-19 may return. […]

  • Friday Links

    Managing people: the emotional bank account. “Pace and power”  Impact of eviction policies. Share of hospitals impacted by readmissions reduction program. LA Librarian retires. 

  • Mid-week reading

    CBO analysis of the Build Back Better Act. Information frictions helps explain why there isn’t more behavioral response to government interventions. Wealth = networks, not assets. Impact of same sex legalization on mental health. Patient selection in CJR.

  • Weekend Reading

    Here are some questions to get your weekend reading started. Can Yelp predict hospital mortality? Can AI solve a radiologist shortage in the UK? How do we get the LA/Long Beach port back up and running? Why is CMS in Baltimore rather than DC? What to do when you’re down to your last diaper?

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    A taste of their own medicine? Impact of COVID-19 on mental health. COVID-19 vaccines work for veterans. No mandate but make the unvaccinated pay their own way? Patient-focused drug development.

  • 2021 Nobel Prize in Economics goes to Card, Angrist and Imbens

    The 2021 Nobel Prize in Economics goes to David Card, Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens due to their work on “natural experiments” and how this econometric technique can inform important research questions in labor economics. From the Nobel Prize press release: Using natural experiments, David Card has analysed the labour market effects of minimum wages, immigration and […]

  • Friday Reading

    Favorite paper. Covered California’s out-of-pocket drug max Google moves to first price auction. FDA on RWD for regulatory decision-making. NBA and health care fraud.

  • Nobel Prize in Medicine

    David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian have won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work “for their discoveries of receptors for temperature and touch.” Here is a summary of Professor Julius’ contribution from the BBC: Prof David Julius’s breakthrough, at the University of California, San Francisco, came from investigating the burning pain […]

  • Friday Links

    Value of nurse practitioners for inpatient care. DTx and outcomes-based contracting. Is there a limit on human survival? Back to normal in Madrid? (en español) “Not statistically significant” is not the same as zero and “When Should Clinicians Act on Non–Statistically Significant Results From Clinical Trials?”

  • Your weekend reading list

    Did COVID-19 affect quality of life valuations? Medication adherence measurement: claims vs. pharmacy fill data. “Patients’ free choice of physicians is not always good” Digital Health funding stats. Academic research on digital health. Impact of hospice care on family costs. Impact of VBID for patients with diabetes. “Being sick is a full-time job”

  • Friday Links

    Federal government worker vaccine mandate. Hospitals vs. nurses on vaccine mandates. AMA response to Medicare physician fee schedule revisions. Boston, SF, San Diego. The end of nursing homes in Canada?

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    Biden drug price reform plan. PhRMA response. Vax or tax mandate: CEO response. Cost differences for infused drugs. COVID-19: Should you attend a football game? The beer police.

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    Can you make a telehealth visit from Virginia to a Maryland physician? Florida vaccination rates rising. Ida hits New York. State-by-state school spending and education outcomes California vaccine mandate for health workers

  • NFL Rosters and COVID-19 Vaccination Status

    Today teams in the National Football League (NFL) made their final roster cuts. In most years, your ability to make the final roster of an NFL team is dependent on one factor: how well can you play football. This year, however, some teams used additional criteria to determine whether a player made the team. ESPN […]

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    Co-pays for COVID hospitalizations. Impact of price negotiations on Part D premiums. Accelerated Approval and Value-Based Pricing? Halo Health CEO interview. Living in LA.

  • Monday Links

    The principal force behind declining happiness has been… The problem of tinkering with the safety net. Market power vs. adverse selection. New COVID detector. Has Baumol’s cost disease been cured?

  • Monday links

    How consultants help hospitals with bundled payments. 76% of small businesses worried Delta variant will impede economic recovery. Scott Alexander on the FDA.  Being a nurse is hard. NHS waiting times may not return to normal until 2025.

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    Real-world cost of health interventions. Looks and career success. Improved PubMed search.  A-APM vs. MIPS  Political alignment and tax evasion.

  • Elimination of the Medicaid asset test?

    No, this is not coming nation-wide, but it may be on its way in California. Kaiser Health News reports: A provision in California’s newly approved state budget will eliminate the asset test for the 2 million Californians enrolled in both Medi-Cal and Medicare, the federal health insurance program for people 65 and older and people […]

  • Bucks in six!

    Taking a break today from my normal health economics posting to celebrate my hometown Milwaukee Bucks winning the NBA Championship. What an amazing playoff run! The Sun block… And the alley oop!

  • Friday Links

    $2.2 trillion deficit in 2021. Adverse selection and ACA plans. COVID-19 and panic drug purchasing. Amazon: $6 six-month prescriptions Pharmacist’s opinion on value-based comprehensive medication management

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    Administrative simplicity vs. single payer. 340B case heads to the Supreme Court. Marketing and mammograms NY ends state of emergency: what happens to out-of-state licensed health care professionals? Key facts on the Delta Variant.

  • COVID-19 in California: An update

    A few updates on COVID-19 from where I am living. First while we see a dramatic decline in COVID-19 infections and deaths, there is a fair amount of regional variation within California. The Sacramento Bee reports that: The average number of new COVID infections reported each day dropped by an astounding 98% from December to […]

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    Evaluating the robustness of CMS Hospital VBP measurement system. ICER’s gene therapy evaluations. Who are high-frequency hospital users? EHR and malpractice. What is Evio? Has in vivo gene editing come of age?

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    Why the FDA approved aducanumab.  How to report changes in clinical trial protocols due to COVID-19 (CONSERVE) Democrats eye Medicare and Medicaid expansions. ACA and biosimilars. The challenges of improving quality of care. Native Americans and health equity.

  • Friday Links

    Supreme court upholds ACA. Nature on lab-leak hypothesis. The geography of global warming. The return of boarding houses.  Business perspective on single payer.

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    A decade of value-based payment. What caused him to resign from an expert panel. In case you missed it. Do physicians have an “ethical and legal duty” to reinterpret genetic test results? What to do when MCMC fails? Medicare drug price negotiations back on the table?

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    Physician compensation during the pandemic. Caring for an aging nation. The debt snowball. Infection rate among the unvaccinated is as high as it was back in January CMS all-in on mandatory pay-for-performance reimbursement. Patients minimize cost by reducing Q, not trying to minimize P.

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    Affordability vs. Innovation. “standardizing contracts generates larger savings with less variance than savings from single‐payer strategies” The placebo effect examined Income growth in knowledge industries. Alcohol sales restrictions and alcohol poisoning mortality.

  • Coronavirus Origins

    I’m going to regret writing about this, but it’s not a topic to be ignored. Where did the current coronavirus come from? If you ask that question, you get all sorts of answers from all sorts of people. Let me downgrade some of those right up front. To start at the far end of the […]

  • Crypto and COVID

    Some interesting and very positive news linking the world of cryptocurrencies to the fight against COVID-19. As reported in Forbes: Ethereum’s co-founder Vitalik Buterin, who became the world’s youngest known crypto billionaire less than two weeks ago, has donated over $1 billion in crypto to the India Covid Relief Fund and a range of other charities. He […]

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    LGBTQ Economics. Does health insurance improve health outcomes for cancer patients? Shattered. Mr. Jim. KHN: “Moderna…announced in October that it would not enforce its covid-related patents during the pandemic. Even so, no known independent producer has used the available patents to replicate the company’s mRNA vaccine. Experts say that’s telling.”

  • Waiving IP

    The announcement by the Biden administration about waiving IP rights to the coronavirus vaccines obviously calls for some comment. Keep in mind that I have been doing research in the pharma industry for over 30 years now, so my viewpoint is obviously going to be affected by that, for better and for worse. With that […]

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    Disability and distress. COVID-19 vaccine showdown: California vs. Texas. Opioid trajectories. “beliefs…are insufficiently skeptical about nondisclosed information in the absence of repeated feedback” What is ARPA-H?

  • Russian Vaccine Behavior

    In the last post, I mentioned the Twitter response to the Brazilian rejection of the Gamaleya vaccine. I believe that the official blue-check-marked “Sputnik V” Twitter account is run by the Russian Direct Investment Fund, the sovereign-wealth part of the Russian state that is in charge of rolling out the vaccine to different countries. In […]

  • Weekend Links

    ACA ‘family glitch’ Hospital price transparency.  NBA players and COVID-19. Good work if you can get it. SPACs and digital health. Dark chocolate is not a superfood.

  • Friday Links

    Urgent care vs. ED. FDA review of old drugs. R&D incentives and innovation spillovers. Pharmaceuticals and the Developing World. Care managers vs cost centers.

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    Misperceptions of people with disabilities. A bundled payment success story.   Do people with COVID-19 tell their employers? The history of vaccine backlash. Oral COVID-19 vaccine? Things are getting better. Vaccines in Gibraltar.

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    Public health spending lags medical spending. On the importance of pre-analysis protocols. Medicare spends over $10 billion on COVID-19 in 2020.  Home health = infrastructure? Will enrollment in cancer clinical trials continue to be difficult post-COVID? Yes vs No.

  • Blood Clots and the AZ Vaccine, Revisited

    Once again, what’s going on with vascular events and the AZ/Oxford vaccine? I last wrote about this situation a couple of weeks ago, and it’s taken some real turns since then. At that point several EU countries had suspended dosing, but over the next week several began administering the vaccine again after the European Medicines […]

  • Mid-week Links

    Health insurance coverage for sexual minorities. PhD = doctor? Ghost rides. Mini-COBRA. Pasaporte corona en Dinamarca.

  • Friday Links

    COVID-19 vaccine monitor. Impact of immunotherapies on Medicare cancer cost. Amazon Care telehealth. What’s wrong with my model? Is Brazil’s health system collapsing?

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    ISPOR’s new Science Strategy. MedPAC: “CMMI has put 54…[alternative payment] models into practice during the past decade. But only four of them have met the criteria for expansion.” Lifestyle and mental health disruptions since COVID-19. Impact of COVID-19 on small business CDC guidance for the fully vaccinated

  • Democrats vs. Republicans: Health Policy Battle Royale

    Conventional wisdom holds that the U.S. has become more and more partisan and the views of both Democrats and Republicans have become less moderate over time. Is that the case with respect to views on health policy? A paper in JAMA last week by Blendon et al. (2021) conducted probability-based national surveys on four topics […]

  • Friday Links

    Food insecurity and health care spending. Access in a new world. Credibility Revolutionistas.  Do individuals with limited English proficiency use telehealth? Desk clearing and drug safety. UCI: Re-open California schools

  • Healthcare Economist joins FTI Consulting’s Center for Healthcare Economics and Policy

    I am very excited to announce that I have joined the FTI Consulting team. An excerpt from the press release is below. WASHINGTON, March 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: FCN) today announced the appointment of Jason Shafrin, Ph.D. as a Senior Managing Director in the Center for Healthcare Economics and Policy within the firm’s Economic Consulting segment. Dr. Shafrin, who will […]

  • Is the UK destined to be the next life science hub?

    That is a question considered in the latest edition of The Economist. In the article “How British science came to the rescue“, the magazine notes that COVID-19 had highlighted some of the advantages the UK has. Alongside vast clinical trials, the country has been home to most of the world’s genetic sequencing, the development of […]

  • Friday Links

    Impact of reducing air pollution on health expenditures. Does psychotherapy work? Does losing health insurance increase claims for SSI? Why governments decide to de-fund medical services. Can nonrandomized RWE replicate RCTs?

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    Medicare Advantage star ratings and quality. ACA and cancer detection. We can open schools safely. SF eliminates gas stoves? Overshooting the output gap?

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    Cost of care for residential opioid use disorder treatment 2021 Deficit: $2.3 trillion GAO recommendations on the COVID-19 supply chain “recreational marijuana policies were positively associated with opioid‐related hospitalizations” COVID and mental health. A tale of two thresholds. Hedonic vs. capability views on health. Patients at the center of value assessment.

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    What is The birthday rule? EHR kickbacks? Who will be the digital head coach? Why did Haven fail? (one perspective) Is workers’ comp still in the quality-measurement dark ages?

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    Appropriateness of step therapy. Fiscal impact of anti-obesity medications. Can individual hospitals survive? A health economist takes on Kenya’s pandemic. The invisible graveyard.

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    Faster drug access in the Netherlands (Drug Access Protocol) “Hospitals might annually exploit extra reimbursements of about 8%–10% from primary diagnosis manipulations” Comparison of costs and benefits of European country COVID-19 responses Health Affairs’ priorities for Biden. Fauci on Trump.

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    Pharmacy desserts. Why Israel leads in COVID vaccinations (speculative).  Does temperature screening really work? A mRNA vaccine for multiple sclerosis? Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drugs.

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    Palau: A leader in health? The Great Bucatini Shortage of 2020. Bayesian fatigue. Illinois to cover undocumented seniors. Excess returns in Rx supply chain?

  • A Haven No More

    Haven was a high-profile effort whereby three industry titans–Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan–created a joint venture with the hope of lower costs and improving quality. Today, Haven announced it is shutting down in February. What happened? I don’t know the answer, but below are a few possibilities. Scale. Although these are three large companies, […]

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    No more snow days in medicine. Hospitals overwhelmed. Drug lag. Racial bias and treatment algorithms. Number of COVID-19+ individuals that will show up at your event.

  • The 3Cs

    The Economist has an interesting article on how Japan has been able to largely contain COVID-19. Part of the success has been a strong public health initiatives around avoiding the san-mitsu, or the “3Cs”. The 3Cs to avoid are: Closed spaces, Crowded places, and Close-contact settings. The phrase was blasted across traditional and social media. […]

  • COVID-19 now a top 3 leading cause of death in US

    That is the conclusion from Woolf et al. (2020) in JAMA this past week. The authors examine rates of COVID-19 mortality in the US between March and October 2020 and compare them with other leading causes of death from March to October 2018. We see that COVID-19 is currently the 3rd leading cause of death […]

  • Friday Links

    Am I disabled? EHR burden on physicians: US vs. rest of world. COVID-19 vs. religion. Toilet politics. Giannis on COVID-19. Bonus: Largest US metro areas across decades (for some reason I find this fascinating)

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    Smile when you get your vaccine. Financial toxicity and QoL among cancer patients. How does ICER use RWE. Challenges to buying more vaccines. Trump administration to void existing health regulations?

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    Impact of unemployment insurance on health. Digital Health trends in 2021. Making coal history. How a libertarian would allocate vaccines. LA County sets new infection record.

  • Drug importation from Canada won’t work

    I’ve mentioned this in a number of previous posts, but large scale importation from Canada won’t work to bring down US drugs prices. The US market is too large and Canada does not have the supply to meet US demand. Further, policies proposing drug importation from Canada assume that Canadians will be passive actors in […]

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    Who gets the vaccine first? Amazon Pharmacy. What’s different now? Interoperability and the pandemic. Becoming homebound.

  • Friday Links

    US debt rises about 100% of GDP. Racism and sickle cell disease. Health insurance among the self-employed. The interaction of minimum drinking age laws and genetics on binge drinking. Sanctuary policies and crime. Does social care prevent healthcare utilization? HDHPs impact the extensive but not intensive margins. DITF .Impact of SES on knee pain.

  • Friday Links

    Performance of private equity-owned nursing homes during COVID-19  GrimAge #WhiteCoatsForBlackLives Jews and Catholics come together in Wisconsin. The disappearance of the primary care physical examination. Remdesivir final report. (Self-reported) mask use tops 90%.

  • Friday Links

    Clinical trials going digital.  JAMA return-to-play guidance. Would a COVID-19 vaccine produce larger health or economic benefits?  Pros and cons of telemedicine. Are we there yet? A review of 4 value-based care programs.

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    AZ/J&J resume COVID-19 trials. Nature and Predictors of Response Changes in Modified-Delphi Panels. Thanksgiving and COVID-19 risks. Misleading maps? Average annual premium for a family of four is $21,342.

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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.

  • Friday Links

    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?

  • Friday Links

    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

    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 points in 1–5, 6–10, 11–15, 16–20, and 21 or more […]

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

  • Medicaid enrollment on the rise

    As reported by Kaiser Health News: Reversing a three-year decline, the number of people covered by Medicaid nationwide rose markedly this spring as the impact of the recession caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 began to take hold.Yet, the growth in participation in the state-federal health insurance program for low-income people was less than many […]

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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.

  • A Brief Note on Immigration and American Science

    There’s an article out today from John Maraganore (CEO of Alnylam, immediate past chair of the BIO industry group) and his successor at BIO, Jeremy Levin (CEO of Ovid Therapeutics). They’re making the point that the current administration’s restrictions on legal immigration (real, attempted, and threatened) are a direct threat to the biopharma industry. And […]

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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

    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 control.The school districts in Los Angeles and San Diego, which […]

  • Some good news

    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 HIV cases, treat 90% of those identified and supress viral […]

  • Friday Links

    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?

    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 numbers are similar. In fact, the number of deaths in […]

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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.

  • $1 billion antibiotic venture fund launched

    Antibiotic resistance is a problem. One study from Europe found that in 2015 there were 33,110 deaths attributable to antibiotic resistance; accounting for morbidity as well, antibiotic resistance lead to a a decrease of 874,541 disability-adjusted life years. CDC data show that antibiotic resistant bacteria and fungi caused 35,900 deaths in 2019, 12,800 deaths due […]

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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?