RAND HIE…The Sequel

Robin Hanson has spent the last week blogging on his Overcoming Bias website asking individuals to sign a petitions to redo the RAND Health Insurance Experiment (HIE). For those who do not know what the RAND HIE, Mr. Hanson has two posts (#1 and #2) describing the experiment. I agree with Mr. Hanson when he…

Quality by any other name

Pay-for-performance or health care quality report cards are the latest fad in medicine. Different types of report cards, however, measure different things. Eve Kerr and co-authors investigate (‘Quality by any other name?’) how different quality measures compare against each other. The authors look at 3 types of physician review: Implicit Review: This involves using ‘subjective’…

Where are people getting immunizations?

According to a paper by Singleton et al. (Am J Infect Control 2005) a significant number of people receive their influenza vaccination at non-traditional sites. While 62% of the elderly receive and influenza vaccination at a traditional doctor’s office or an HMO, individuals in younger age groups are utilizing other centers of care. For individuals…

6 Economists Everyone Should Know

For non-economists, mental_floss’ book Condensed Knowledge: A deliciously Irreverent Guide to Feeling Smart Again has brief bio’s on 6 of the most famous economists. Each person’s contribution to economics is sucinctly described in a non-technical manner. Click here to see the excerpt. The six economists chosen are: Adam Smith David Ricardo John Maynard Keynes Joseph…

Hospital Innovators 2007

Which hospitals are the innovators of 2007?  Joe Paduda points us to to the Fierce Healthcare website which lists the top 10 hopsital innovators of 2007.  Two of the top ten include St. Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend, WI and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.  Mr. Paduda is not overly impressed by the innovation…

Does your first job out of graduate school matter?

An interesting article from Slate discusses an NBER working paper by Paul Oyer (“The Macro-Foundations of Microeconomics: Initial Labor Market Conditions and Long-Term Outcomes for Economists“). Oyer wonders whether or not initial job placement at a high ranking university affects long-term job prospects. Of course, the problem with this analysis is that graduate students with…

On a lighter note…

From The Onion… Internet Opens Up Whole New World Of Illness For Local Hypochondriac “All her life, Janet Hartley has suffered from a host of ill-defined viruses and inexplicable aches and pains, diagnosing herself with everything from diabetes to cancer. But ever since discovering such online medical resources as WebMD, drkoop.com, and Yahoo! Health, the…

Anti-Depressants

There is an interesting article in the NYT Magazine (“Self-Nonmedication“) about the anti-depressant drugs pharmaceuticals.  The author stops taking Effexor and experiences anti-depressant withdrawl discontinuation syndrome.