Halloween is almost upon us. The week’s edition of the Health Wonk Review reveals some of the most frightful news from around the blog-o-sphere.
- In the spirit of the season, Julie Ferguson of Workers Comp Insider has dusted off her archives to ferret out the blog’s scariest – and most popular – posts. Some are fascinating in a teeth-on-edge kind of way, but the truly terrifying ones are the ones where workers leave home in the morning yet never return.
- Louis Norris of Colorado Health Insurance Insider is spooked that the defunding of the risk corridor program may force many Americans to change health insurance. She gives an example of Colorado Health OP.
- On the other hand, Henry Stern of Insure Blog says despite the foreboding news of numerous CO-OP closures recently, there are some bright spots, too.
- Charles Gaba of Health Insurance.org uses his crystal ball to predict that the CBO forecast that 21 million people will enroll in private health plans in the exchanges in 2016 is wildly optimistic.
- Brad Flansbaum of The Hospital Leader writes a letter to his residents warning them that they should “high-value thinking” when considering administering innovative medical treatments such the new NOAC antidote Praxbind.
- David Williams of the Health Business Blog is a defender of free markets, but is his fear of high drug pricing make cause him to suggest that the government should regulate drug prices?
- Roy Poses of Health Care Renewal is scared when big healthcare corporations act badly. He provides a number of examples.
- Jason Shafrin at The Healthcare Economist worries that although quality measurement is good in theory, in practice most quality measurement approaches are either too simple to fully capture quality or so detailed that the administrative burden on providers is high.