Academic Health Economist’s Blog: Journal Round Up

I hosted this week’s Academic Health Economist (AHE) blog journal round-up. Below is one of the papers reviewed, but do check-out the full article here. Price effects of a hospital merger: heterogeneity across health insurers, hospital products, and hospital locations. Health Economics [PubMed] [RePEc] Published 1st July 2019Most economics literature indicates that hospital mergers typically result…

End of week links

Incentivizing organ donation. Are value assessments ready for prime time? AAP: ‘Don’t microwave plastics’ Pharmacists and value-based care. Can Medicaid expansions prevent housing evictions? How does gentrification affect the health of low-income children?

Polio eradicated in Africa?

Some positive news as reported in The Economist: On August 21st Nigeria marked three years since its last documented case of wild polio. That means the country is set to be declared polio-free by the World Health Organisation-backed Global Polio Eradication Initiative. If that happens, probably next year, all of Africa will be officially free…

Why don’t physicians follow evidence-based guidelines more often?

Many researchers complain that physicians often use treatments with little evidence to base these decisions. From off-label prescribing, to unstudied surgical procedures, physicians are often painted as cavalier practitioners who don’t read studies. For instance, Austin Frakt at Incidental Economist writes: The British Medical Journal sifted through the evidence for thousands of medical treatments to assess…

Where is digital health taking off?

Where is digital health taking off? One way to answer this question is to look to see where research is currently being conducted to determine where innovation is most likely in the future. The American Medical Association (AMA) summarizes the Chen et al. (2019) paper in JAMA that looks at the number of government-registered digital…