Estimating the Heterogeneous Welfare Effects of Choice Architecture: An Application to the Medicare Prescription Drug Insurance Market

from Health Economics at on October 30, 2016 at 11:09AM We develop a structural model for bounding welfare effects of policies that alter the design of differentiated product markets when some consumers may be misinformed about product characteristics and inertia in consumer behavior reflects a mixture of latent preferences, information costs, switching costs and […]

What is the Added Value of Preschool? Long-Term Impacts and Interactions with a Health Intervention

from Health Economics at on October 30, 2016 at 11:09AM We study the impact of targeted high quality preschool over the life cycle and across generations, and examine its interaction with a health intervention during infancy. Using administrative data from Denmark together with variation in the timing of program implementation between 1933 and 1960, […]

Et Tu, Dr. Noseworthy?

from THCB at on October 30, 2016 at 07:22AM By NIRAN AL-AGBA,MD Should patients fire their doctors if they suspect burnout?  In a recent PBS interview, Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy suggested patients should “change physicians” when faced with non-empathetic doctors suffering from burnout.  His cavalier resolution to our occupational struggle feels like […]

NBER Market Design meeting at Stanford: Oct 28-9

from Market Design at on October 28, 2016 at 06:44AM Market Design Working Group Meeting Michael Ostrovsky and Parag Pathak, Organizers October 28-29, 2016 SIEPRKoret-Taube Conference CenterStanford University366 Galvez StreetStanford, CA Program Participant List   Friday, October 28 8:30 am Continental Breakfast 9:00 am Darrell Duffie, Stanford University and NBERHaoxiang Zhu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NBERSize Discovery […]

Nothing works! OK? Nothing!

from The Incidental Economist at on October 28, 2016 at 06:33AM JAMA: Importance  Bacteriuria plus pyuria is highly prevalent among older women living in nursing homes. Cranberry capsules are an understudied, nonantimicrobial prevention strategy used in this population. Objective  To test the effect of 2 oral cranberry capsules once a day on presence of […]

The lives of the neglected mentally ill: Solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and therefore short

from The Incidental Economist at on October 28, 2016 at 06:03AM In the NEJM, Lisa Rosenbaum writes about the shortened lives of the mentally ill. She takes her fellow physicians to task for neglecting these patients by allowing them to refuse needed medical care. It’s an important essay — go read it. I want to add, though, that doctors […]

An Introduction to using Social Media to Communicate Research – ScHARR 1-day course: Thursday, 24th November 2016

from Health Economics and Decision Science Blog @ ScHARR at on October 28, 2016 at 02:00AM  Andy Tattersall Claire Beecroft Andy Tattersall and Claire Beecroft are running a one day workshop in Sheffield –  An Introduction to using Social Media to Communicate Research. The workshop aims to give academics and aligned professionals a comprehensive […]

Using Data to Drive Decisions in Life Sciences

from tHEORetically Speaking: The HealthEconomics.Com Blog at on October 27, 2016 at 11:34PM Optum’s® comprehensive, integrated data helps life sciences companies better identify, understand and address the priorities of patients and providers, as well as regulators and payers. This is critical, given the health system’s continued transition to value-based care. Available for download here. (Source: Optum, […]

Are Health State Valuations from the General Public Biased? A Test of Health State Reference Dependency Using Self-assessed Health and an Efficient Discrete Choice Experiment

from Health Economics at on October 27, 2016 at 08:57PM Abstract Health state valuations of patients and non-patients are not the same, whereas health state values obtained from general population samples are a weighted average of both. The latter constitutes an often-overlooked source of bias. This study investigates the resulting bias and tests for […]

Precision Primary Prevention

from THCB at on October 27, 2016 at 03:41PM By SAURABH JHA MD   If you’re going to indulge in anticipatory medicine, it is best to anticipate those at highest risk. An elegant study by Wald et al in the NEJM shows how precision primary prevention can be done. The researchers screened toddlers, who […]

JOIN New Linkedin Group: HEOR Medical Communications Professionals

from tHEORetically Speaking: The HealthEconomics.Com Blog at on October 27, 2016 at 01:33PM HEOR Medical Communications Professionals   Demonstrating Healthcare Value and Achieving Market Access Through Publication: This group addresses the rapidly-expanding need for qualified medical communications professionals or researchers who create communications tools that demonstrate product value, achieve market access, and address the […]

Inconsistent payer coverage of rheumatoid arthritis drugs

from CEA Registry Team at on October 27, 2016 at 01:14PM Research suggests that private health care payers cover medical interventions inconsistently.  In a study published in the Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy we examined the consistency of the largest private payers’ coverage decisions for rheumatoid arthritis drugs.3  We examined coverage policies for rheumatoid […]