IVI-NSCLC Value Tool

Please see below some exciting news from the Innovation and Value Initiative (IVI) on the release of the IVI-NSCLC Value Tool. The press release is below. IVI is excited to publish our Open-Source Value Platform (OSVP) model focusing on epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) positive, non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and we invite public…

Is there a physician available?

According to research by Leech et al. (2018), the answer may depend on whether or not you are black or white. Compared to the control group, “Black” auditors were less likely to be told an office was accepting new patients and were more likely to experience both withholding behaviors and misattributions about public insurance. The…

Measuring caregiver quality of life

Poor health does not just affect the patient, but also the caregiver who provide physicial, emotional and financial support for these patients. To measure the impact of a disease on patient quality of life, there are a number of metrics one can choose from such as EQ-5D-5L, EQ-5D-VAS, SF-36 among others. Some of these surveys…

Trends in Obamacare plans: 2019 edition

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation conducted case study interviews of health insurance exchange marketplace (i.e., Obamacare marketplaces) in 10 states (i.e., California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia) to determine trends in the available plans. One general trend was that large commercial insurers were leaving the marketplace. Marketplace participation is…

Progress in the war on cancer

Siegel et al. (2019) present a review of cancer incidence and mortality statistics in American over recent decades. Their key findings were: Over the past decade of data, the cancer incidence rate (2006‐2015) was stable in women and declined by approximately 2% per year in men, whereas the cancer death rate (2007‐2016) declined annually by…

Quotation of the Day

The first Quality of an Historian is to be true & impartial; the next to be interesting. David Hume The same could be said of any researcher or even blogger (at least those bloggers like myself focused on advancing knowledge). I found this quotation in the very interesting book The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith and the Friendship that Shaped Modern Thought. Very interesting.