CHIP take-up is high among children

Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) ended in September 2017.  This caused a stir as many parent’s relied on CHIP for their children’s health insurance.  In January 2018, however, the federal government’s passed a six-year CHIP funding extension and resolved to continue to fund this program. The headlines at the time showed pictures of…

Patient care under uncertainty: Or why I learned to stop loving clinical practice guidelines

The National Cancer Institute defines personalized medicine as “uses information about a person’s genes, proteins, and environment to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease”. In practice, however, patient treatment is rarely personalized by individual since evidence to support complete personalization is rarely available. Personalization in practice more often means care that varies with some individual characteristics.…

Two‐Stage Residual Inclusion: An Overview

Often times, researchers want to measure the effect of certain interventions in the real-world. Doing this in practice is often difficult.  For instance, consider measuring health outcomes among individuals who visit doctors compared to those who don’t.  Inevitably, individuals who visit doctors will have worse outcomes.  Why?  Are doctors killing patients?   This is clearly a…

Mid-week links

Is statistics taking over journalism?  Regression to the mean in the MLB. Use of real-world evidence to measures NSCLC treatment effectiveness. Mental healthcare wait times adversely affect patient outcomes. Using cancer cells to kill cancer. Amazon to fill your Rx as you leave the hospital? Health plan won’t pay your ER bill…or will they? VBID…