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The business model for antibiotics is broken - High volume sales of antibiotics drive evolutionary resistance. So why do we allow most of the supply chain to make money based on the volume of sales? This wasteful practice might be tolerated if antibiotic innovation was easy and plentiful. But in the world we live in, alternative business models are needed for antibiotics. See [] http://ow.ly/2Fwuwk
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RAND’s estimates could rewrite the enrollment story - If RAND’s latest report is accurate, the uninsured rate among 18-64 year old adults in the United States fell by 23 percent—from 20.5 percent to 15.8 percent—between September 2013 and March 2014. And if RAND is right, that’s big news—but it’s not probably the news we were expecting. First, a brief background on the methodology: RAND [] http://ow.ly/2FvoQI
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AcademyHealth: How severe an access problem do Medicaid enrollees face? http://ow.ly/2FtrDg
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AcademyHealth: How hard is it to find a primary care doctor? http://ow.ly/2FrKg2
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I’m on a vacation - Just in case any of you were concerned by my absence this week, I'm on a family vacation road trip to DC and NYC. Blogging will be light, if at all. Don't break the health care system while I'm gone! http://ow.ly/2Fr71M
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Citation analysis, in one “sobering fact”—ctd. - Several weeks ago I quoted an article claiming that "90% of papers that have been published in academic journals are never cited." As I wrote, I could not substantiate that claim with actual studies. Many, many people by email and Twitter sent me links to other published pieces that quoted stats like this, but few [] http://ow.ly/2FvRQx
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On the honor and conscience of doctors - Starting as early as today, CMS will publicly release comprehensive data on physician billing practices in Medicare, including information about specific, identifiable doctors. The move is controversial: the AMA, for one, is “concerned” that the data “will mislead the public into making inappropriate and potentially harmful treatment decisions and will result in unwarranted bias against [] http://ow.ly/2Fv8yd
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Healthcare Triage: Test Characteristics: How Accurate was that Test? http://ow.ly/2Ft0oy
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Staring into the Abyss: Health policy discourse, cognitive bias, and the value of philosophy http://ow.ly/2FrkcF
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Personal benefit vs population health: A true or false dichotomy? http://ow.ly/2FqGgS
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Contemplating health care with a focus on research, an eye on reform.
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The Incidental Economist is a blog (mostly) about the U.S. health care system and its organization, how it works, how it fails us, and what to do about it. All blog authors have professional expertise in an area relevant to the health care system. We are researchers and professors in health economics, law, or health services. By avocation and as bloggers we're actively trying to understand our health care system and make it better. Our goal is to help you understand it too, and to empower you with research-validated information so you can be a more informed observer of or participant in the ongoing debate over how to reform our system.