Do negative wealth shocks impact your health?

The answer is ‘yes’ according to a paper by French (2023):. The authors use data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) as well as high-frequency returns data for the S&P 500. The study finds that: …a one standard deviation increase in cumulative [negative wealth] shocks over two years increases the probability of elevated blood…


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Are health insurers providing fair access?

How well did payers provide “fair” access policies? Based on an recent ICER report titled “Assessment of Barriers to Fair Access“, the headline figures seem pretty good: Overall rates of concordance with ICER’s criteria were 70% for cost sharing of fairly-priced drugs, 96% for clinical eligibility criteria, 98% for step therapy, and 100% for provider…

Do narrow networks save money?

According to a recent paper by Wallace (2023), the answer is ‘yes’, but it does so in a highly inefficient manner. Using 2008-2012 Medicaid data from the New York State Department of Health, the author find that: Leveraging the random assignment of over 50,000 Medicaid enrollees in New York, I present causal evidence that narrower…


AI and healthcare spending. Referral incentives for TB screening. A better measure of population density. IVI: “No value without equity” Medicaid’s multi-generational health benefit. How do people use ‘work from home’ time savings?