Proposed California Law on Pricing Invokes Strong Opposition

from tHEORetically Speaking: The HealthEconomics.Com Blog at http://bit.ly/29prCcc on June 29, 2016 at 10:14AM A recently proposed law in California has invoked strong opposition from the pharmaceutical industry. The law would require drug makers to justify the costs of their treatments and disclose major price hikes, giving a 60 day notice. The bill has a […]

Physician, review thyself!

from The Incidental Economist at http://bit.ly/294SM8C on June 29, 2016 at 06:01AM Physician, review thyself! Dan Ho and Becky Elias have a wonderful article in the Boston Review about their new research on the benefits of peer review in restaurant inspections. Beginning in 2014, we designed a randomized, controlled trial to test the effectiveness of […]

The cost of low vaccine prices

from The Incidental Economist at http://bit.ly/298xPN7 on June 29, 2016 at 05:01AM The cost of low vaccine prices The following originally appeared on The Upshot (copyright 2016, The New York Times Company). A $30,000 price tag for cancer drug therapy that extends life only a few weeks is understandably alarming. But a $2,000 price tag for all […]

Predicting Mean Survival Time from Reported Median Survival Time for Cancer Patients

from Medical Decision Making RSS feed at http://bit.ly/29nuxSG on June 29, 2016 at 12:39AM Background: Mean duration of survival following treatment is a prerequisite for cost-effectiveness analyses used for assessing new and costly life-extending therapies for cancer patients. Mean survival time is rarely reported due to censoring imposed by limited follow-up time, whereas the median […]

Quantitative Framework for Retrospective Assessment of Interim Decisions in Clinical Trials

from Medical Decision Making RSS feed at http://bit.ly/2934mlI on June 29, 2016 at 12:39AM This article presents a quantitative way of modeling the interim decisions of clinical trials. While statistical approaches tend to focus on the epistemic aspects of statistical monitoring rules, often overlooking ethical considerations, ethical approaches tend to neglect the key epistemic dimension. […]

Measuring Graph Literacy without a Test: A Brief Subjective Assessment

from Medical Decision Making RSS feed at http://bit.ly/29nulmA on June 29, 2016 at 12:39AM Background. Visual aids tend to help diverse and vulnerable individuals understand risk communications, as long as these individuals have a basic understanding of graphs (i.e., graph literacy). Tests of objective graph literacy (OGL) can effectively identify individuals with limited skills, highlighting […]

Measuring Quality in Cancer Care

from Healthcare Economist at http://bit.ly/293n8sA on June 28, 2016 at 11:21PM Measuring Quality in Cancer Care Written By: Jason Shafrin – Jun• 28•16 Identifying high-quality, cancer care is a laudable goal.  However, a recent article by Alvarnas (2016) says the way many are trying to measure quality of cancer care currently is inadequate.  Specifically: Quality and […]

HealthCore Awarded PCORI Funding

from tHEORetically Speaking: The HealthEconomics.Com Blog at http://bit.ly/28ZhHbk on June 28, 2016 at 09:35PM HealthCore, Inc recently announced a collaboration with PCORnet to build a sustainable patient-centered outcomes research network to conduct real-world comparative effectiveness research. Learn more about this collaboration and its funding here. (Source: Business Wire, 6/24/16)

Unique Patient Challenges & Support Solutions in Rare Disease

from tHEORetically Speaking: The HealthEconomics.Com Blog at http://bit.ly/292LCSb on June 28, 2016 at 03:02PM This whitepaper, Unique Patient Challenges & Support Solutions in Rare Disease, sets out to understand the unmet support needs of patients living with rare diseases. Download this white paper for: Patient stories Health psychology insights Pharma insights Predictors of non-adherence Interventions […]

Comments on CMS’s proposed rule for implementation of MACRA provisions

from Brookings: Topics – Health at http://brook.gs/296eYlT on June 28, 2016 at 12:08PM The Center for Health Policy, with support from the Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy, a partnership between Brookings and the University of Southern California, submitted comments on a proposed rule to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Program; […]

Comments on CMS’s proposed rule for implementation of MACRA provisions

from Brookings: Topics – Health at http://brook.gs/296eYlT on June 28, 2016 at 11:44AM The Center for Health Policy, with support from the Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy, a partnership between Brookings and the University of Southern California, submitted comments on a proposed rule to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Program; […]

2016 ARM: Day 2 Summary

from AcademyHealth Blog at http://bit.ly/291Azt1 on June 28, 2016 at 09:21AM The Annual Research Meeting continued with a productive day 2 of educational sessions in Boston. Check out session summaries below. 10th Anniversary of Medicare Part D: Lessons Learned and Future Directions Chair: Cindy Parks Thomas; Discussant: William Shrank; Speakers: Sean Cavanaugh, Jack Hoadley, Bruce […]