What to expect in 2019

Here’s a brief summary of some leading thinkers thoughts about what to expect in 2019 in health. Have a health and happy New Year! Cleveland Clinic top 10 innovations of 2019. BBC gives 6 things to look out for in health in the UK in 2019 HealthExec‘s top 10 challenges for 2019. Forbes Top 8…

Is the hospital readmissions reduction program bad for patients?

The answer is ‘perhaps’ according to a new paper by Wadhera et al. (2018). They use data from 2005 to 2015, and apply an inverse probability–weighted 30-day and 45-day post-discharge mortality measure stratified by whether there was an associated readmission. They examine admissions for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and pneumonia. Among Medicare beneficiaries, the HRRP…

2018 Feel Good Health Stories

25 million doses of a new cholera vaccine were administered globally, and preparations began for the largest vaccination drive in history. UNICEF France revealed a sharp fall in daily smokers, with one million fewer lighting up in the past year, and cigarette use among Americans dropped to its lowest level since the Centers for Disease Control and…

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“The influence of referring physicians is dramatically greater than the effect of patient cost-sharing” Why is Obamacare enrollment down? One simple reason why value-based care may fail: poor patient attribution methods. MDMA for PTSD. Do veterans prefer VA or Medicare? Amazon Prime Health?

Value of Unpaid Work and Leisure time

Oftentimes, cost effectiveness analyses of new treatments measure health benefits less medical costs.  However, getting treatment often involves a significant amount of time cost.  Some cost-effectiveness analyses take into account take into account lost productivity amount individuals who work. However, these analyses rarely take into account lost time that could be used for unpaid work…