Health Wonk Review: Super Bowl Edition

You have been studying the the teams, getting the snacks, and reading up on “Deflate-gate.”  You’re ready to grab a beverage and watch some commercials football.  The Super Bowl is almost upon us.


Before you turn on the TV for the game, however, an even more exciting event is upon us: the Health Wonk Review!  So get ready for this weeks the best health policy posts on the wonk-o-sphere.

Healthcare cost

Of course, as an economist, I have to start off talking about money and cost.

Health Policy Initiatives

Spending money in and of itself is not bad.  It the money spent on health care leads to significant health improvement, you are getting good value.  Below are two innovative programs that have the potential to both reduce cost and improve quality. 


How do we reduce medical errors?  How do we reduce on-the-job fatalities.  Two wonkers tackle these issues. 

Health IT

Information technology can provide a number of benefits to patients, physicians, and payers.  But what are the risks?  Our HWR panel weighs in.


Just because I am economist, doesn’t mean that I am cold-hearted.  I end this edition of the HWR on a post describing how training physicians to be kind can help improve patient care.



  1. Jason – got my bowl of chips and guac and six-pack cooler next to the BarcaLounger, ready to dive into your compendium of cogent commentary!

    Well done doc!

  2. Wow, SUPER job, Jason (SWIDT?)!

    And Thank You for not just including our post, but … We’re #1!!

    Happy New Year!!

  3. Spot on with this write-up, I actually feel this site needs far more attention. I’ll probably
    be returning to read through more, thanks for the information!

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