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Single payer in the next presidential term?

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Fox News Poll, April 13-15, 2014 14. I’m going to read a list of potential candidates for the 2016 Democratic nomination. Please tell me which one you would like to see as the Democratic presidential nominee. 69%  Hillary Clinton 14%  Joe Biden 6%  Elizabeth Warren 2%  Andrew Cuomo 1%  Martin O’Malley –   (Other) 4% […]

Reaping rewards for medical product innovation

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Gilead Profit Triples, Hepatitis C Drug Revenue Reaches $2.3B Fox Business, April 22, 2013 Gilead Sciences Inc (GILD), which ignited a fierce debate over prescription drug prices, said its new $1,000 hepatitis C pill generated quarterly sales of $2.27 billion, helping the company’s quarterly net profit nearly triple. http://www.foxbusiness.com/industries/2014/04/22/gilead-profit-triples-h… **** MIA In The War On […]

Health spending expected to accelerate again

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Acceleration Is Forecast for Spending on Health By Eduardo Porter The New York Times, April 22, 2014 The Affordable Care Act may well be on track to meeting its primary goal of providing coverage for most uninsured Americans and protecting everyone against the risk of losing their insurance. But for all its innovative proposals to […]

Outpatient Care Patterns and Organizational Accountability in Medicare By J. Michael McWilliams, MD, PhD; Michael E. Chernew, PhD; Jesse B. Dalton, MA; Bruce E. Landon, MD, MBA, MSS JAMA Internal Medicine, April 21, 2014 In this study of 145 organizations participating in the Medicare ACO programs, over one-third of beneficiaries attributed to an ACO in […]

Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens By Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page Perspectives on Politics, April 9, 2014, forthcoming Fall 2014 Abstract Each of four theoretical traditions in the study of American politics – which can be characterized as theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy, Economic Elite Domination, and two […]

U.S.’s unique approach to health care pricing

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IFHP publishes 2013 Price Report International Federation of Health Plans, Accessed April 18, 2014 The International Federation of Health Plans (IFHP) today released its 2013 Comparative Price Report, detailing its annual survey of medical prices per unit. Designed to showcase the variation in healthcare prices around the world, the report examines the price of medical […]

Medpac struggles to define “medical home” Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) Public Meeting, March 6, 2014 >From the transcript: DR. [JULIE] SOMERS: Good afternoon. In this session, [Medpac staff] Kevin [Hayes], Katelyn [Smalley], and I would like to explore with you the idea of creating a per-beneficiary payment for primary care practitioners in the fee-for-service […]

Maldistribution of the physician supply

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Geographic Imbalances in Doctor Supply and Policy Responses By Tomoko Ono, Michael Schoenstein, James Buchan OECD Health Working Papers No. 69, April 3, 2014 Doctors are distributed unequally across different regions in virtually all OECD countries, and this causes concern about how to continue to ensure access to health services everywhere. In particular access to […]

Structuring Incentives Within Organizations: The Case of Accountable Care Organizations By Brigham Frandsen, James B. Rebitzer NBER, April 2014 Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are new organizations created by the Affordable Care Act to encourage more efficient, integrated care delivery. To promote efficiency, ACOs sign contracts under which they keep a fraction of the savings from […]

Lessons from British Columbia

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Health-care changes seem to be paying off in B.C. By Keith Baldrey Surrey Now, April 8, 2014 Have we finally wrestled that voracious gobbler of tax dollars – the public health-care system – to a standoff, if not to the ground? By that I mean the days of the system automatically devouring increasingly large amounts […]

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