GAO Report on MIPS

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) last week published a report evaluating the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). MIPS is an approach for CMS to pay physicians caring for Medicare beneficiaries based not just on volume but on value. MIPS evaluates provider value along four dimensions: (1) quality, (2) improvement activities, (3) promoting interoperability, and (4)…

Nobel Prize in Medicine

David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian have won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work “for their discoveries of receptors for temperature and touch.” Here is a summary of Professor Julius’ contribution from the BBC: Prof David Julius’s breakthrough, at the University of California, San Francisco, came from investigating the burning pain…

Friday Links

Value of nurse practitioners for inpatient care. DTx and outcomes-based contracting. Is there a limit on human survival? Back to normal in Madrid? (en español) “Not statistically significant” is not the same as zero and “When Should Clinicians Act on Non–Statistically Significant Results From Clinical Trials?”

How happy are you?

This question seems simple, but answering the key factors that impact your happiness is complex. Is happiness based on your personal situation (e.g., family, job, income, health) measured in an absolute sense or relative to others? If measured in a relative sense, what reference point is used? One approach to measuring your life satisfaction is…

Your weekend reading list

Did COVID-19 affect quality of life valuations? Medication adherence measurement: claims vs. pharmacy fill data. “Patients’ free choice of physicians is not always good” Digital Health funding stats. Academic research on digital health. Impact of hospice care on family costs. Impact of VBID for patients with diabetes. “Being sick is a full-time job”