Regional Variation in Medical Spending: A Texas Case Study

from Healthcare Economist at on June 26, 2014 at 07:35AM A large body of research (including my own) indicates that there exists significant regional variation in medical spending. What is the source of these differences: differences in the prices paid per service or differenes in the amount of healthcare services used? The conventional wisdom […]

Enforcement discretion and publicity

from The Incidental Economist at on June 25, 2014 at 04:51PM Yesterday, Cass Sunstein, a Harvard law professor and former Obama administration regulatory czar, suggested that the Supreme Court may have just tipped its hand about the legal debate surrounding delays of various provisions of the ACA. In its decision about the EPA’s authority to […]


from The Incidental Economist at on June 25, 2014 at 03:00PM Healthcare Triage is going to VidCon!   VidCon is for people who love online video. Independent creators, enablers, viewers and supporters of all kinds. The ways that we entertain, educate, share, and communicate are being revolutionized. The creators attending and on-stage at VidCon are […]

3-D mammograms detect more cancers. Get ready for more.

from The Incidental Economist at on June 25, 2014 at 12:30PM From JAMA, “Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis in Combination With Digital Mammography“: Importance Mammography plays a key role in early breast cancer detection. Single-institution studies have shown that adding tomosynthesis to mammography increases cancer detection and reduces false-positive results. Objective To determine if mammography combined […]

Long-Term Care Hospitals

from Healthcare Economist at on June 25, 2014 at 04:22AM What are Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCH)?  These facilities are different from nursing homes.  The New York Times explains the type of care they provide: These are no ordinary hospitals: Critically ill patients, sometimes unresponsive or in comas, may live here for months, even years, sustained […]

Dementia Blueprint

from RAND Research Topic: Health and Health Care at on June 23, 2014 at 11:10PM Annual costs of dementia exceed those of cancer and heart disease and will only continue to rise as the nation’s population ages. Key policy options can help strengthen and improve long-term services and supports for those with dementia and […]