Who pays more for hospital and physician services: commercial payers, Medicare or Medicaid? And how much more?

Many people might know that generally the answer is commercial health plans have the most generous reimbursement compared to government plans. However, a key question is how much more do they pay? Commercial vs. Medicare rates A January 2022 report by the Congressional Budget Office finds that commercial payers reimburse hospitals at 223% of Medicare…

How often do clinicians use computerized clinical decision support systems?

That is the question Kouri et al. (2022) aim to answer. They conduct a systematic literature review and meta-analysis and find: …overall [computerized clinical decision support systems] CDSS uptake was 34.2% (95% CI 23.2 to 47.1%). Uptake was only reported in 12.4% of studies that otherwise met inclusion criteria. Multivariable meta-regression revealed the following factors…

Key questions: Mid-week links

Fair prices→ Fair access? Harmonize HTA? What has California done on drug prices? Do work hours explain the gender pay gap? Does HDHP lead to lower hospital-negotiated prices for childbirth services? Is regret minimization or utility maximization a better decision rule? Does steps per day impact mortality?

FDA Guidance: Methods for identifying what is important to patients

What disease components are most burdensome to patients? How do researchers find this information out? To answer this question, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently put out its second guidance document on Patient-Focused Drug Development: Methods to Identify What Is Important to Patients. A few qualitative approaches they recommend to collect this information include:…