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  • Obamacare Overview

    posted to Healthcare Economist on Tue 8th Oct 13

    Known as Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a long, confusing law But if you are an avid reader of the Healthcare Economist, you don’t have to be confused.For your reference I have created an Obamacare Overview page that summarizes the most important

  • The Obesity Paradox: Do overweight people live longer?

    posted to Healthcare Economist on Mon 7th Oct 13

    According to a study by Flegal and co-authors, the answer is yes. The study conducts a systematic review and meta-analysis and finds found that individuals who are overweight live longer than those who are healthy weighted. On the other hand, severely obese

  • Friday Links

    posted to Healthcare Economist on Fri 4th Oct 13

    Are space station astronauts furloughed?Will Obamacare visits crowd out Medicare visits?Battling messages on Obamacare.Midwifery vs. Conventional CareUsing social media to detect insurance fraud.How much should we pay college athletes?The uninsured physician.

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  • Who has the highest malpractice premiums?

    posted to Healthcare Economist on Tue 12th Feb 13

    Which specialties face the highest malpractice premiums? Premiums are a function of the expected cost to insure a physician against potential malpractice suits. Thus, premiums are higher for specialties that have a higher risk of having a claim filed against

  • Does expanding insurance coverage improve access to care?

    posted to Healthcare Economist on Mon 27th Feb 12

    Although Health Reform did little to reduce the cost of health care, it did make significant strides to expand access to care. For low-income individuals, the increased access comes along two dimensions: expanded Medicaid eligibility and increased physician

  • Legal Barriers to ACO implementation

    posted to Healthcare Economist on Mon 17th Jan 11

    Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are the latest rage in health policy circles. Health reform legislation will allow for federal health agencies to create waiver programs to allow for the creation of ACOs. For ACOs to actually come to fruition, the waivers

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  • My Prediction about Employers

    posted to John Goodman's Health Policy Blog on Tue 8th Oct 13

    The red dot employers will drop their health insurance plan or take other actions to avoid the full cost of the employer mandate. The blue dot firms will either begin offering insurance or continue providing it.Health Affairs. Via Jason Shafrin.

  • Hits and Misses

    posted to John Goodman's Health Policy Blog on Mon 7th Oct 13

    Doubts about the flu vaccine.Why the Kentucky exchange is working while other state exchanges aren’t; hint: the problem isn’t “glitches.”Obesity paradox: studies showing overweight people live longer may suffer from measurement error.Does

  • Headlines I Wish I Hadnt Seen

    posted to John Goodman's Health Policy Blog on Mon 7th Oct 13

    Insuring the uninsured in Massachusetts is crowding out access for the Medicare population. HT: Jason Shafrin.Park Service Ranger: “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”Oops. ObamaCare’s