Healthcare Triage: The Death of a Sibling Takes Emotional and Physical Tolls

from The Incidental Economist at http://bit.ly/2zjcHQO on October 30, 2017 at 08:40PM Healthcare Triage: The Death of a Sibling Takes Emotional and Physical Tolls The death of a child is almost too awful to complicate. The emotional toll on those who remain is high, but the death of a sibling can also have long-term health […]

FDA Taking New Steps Toward Biosimilars

from tHEORetically Speaking: The HealthEconomics.Com Blog at http://bit.ly/2gNHtWr on October 30, 2017 at 05:22PM Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and FDA Office of New Drugs Associate Director for Therapeutic Biologics Leah Christl say the department is taking steps to raise awareness about biosimilars in the health care industry. “Biosimilars can potentially reduce costs […]

CVS Health Introduces New PBM Performance-based Pharmacy Network

from tHEORetically Speaking: The HealthEconomics.Com Blog at http://bit.ly/2gPgjPf on October 30, 2017 at 05:22PM CVS Health on Oct. 24 announced a new 30,000-store performance-based pharmacy network anchored by CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens, along with up to 10,000 community-based independently owned pharmacies across the U.S. The network is designed not only to deliver unit cost savings, […]

Study Finds Disconnect Between Employers, PBMs

from tHEORetically Speaking: The HealthEconomics.Com Blog at http://bit.ly/2ihFsSL on October 30, 2017 at 05:22PM A new study by Benfield, on behalf of the National Pharmaceutical Council, concluded a disconnect between employers and their pharmacy benefit manages (PBMs). The study said there’s a discrepancy “between the important role employers believe their pharmacy benefit managers play in […]

ISPOR’s 20th Annual European Congress to Focus on the Evolution of Value in Health Care

from ISPOR News & Press Releases at http://bit.ly/2xzLgh7 on October 30, 2017 at 12:34PM Congress to Be Held 4-8 November 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK Princeton, NJ, USA—30 October 2017—ISPOR, the professional society for health economics and outcomes research (HEOR), released the final program and speakers for its upcoming 20th Annual European Congress scheduled for […]

Global Kidney Exchange endorsed by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons

from Market Design at http://bit.ly/2A0txRc on October 30, 2017 at 12:08PM Here’s a sentence I was very glad to read yesterday:"we commend Dr. Rees and colleagues for their creativity, integrity, beneficence, and tireless efforts to pioneer Global Kidney Exchange to demonstrate its feasibility. "That is from a newly adopted position statement of the American Society of Transplant […]

HEDS research as a special edition of PharmacoEconomics

from Health Economics and Decision Science Blog @ ScHARR at http://bit.ly/2yVES4Z on October 30, 2017 at 08:30AM HEDS have contributed no-less than nine articles to a comprehensive compilation for a PharmacoEconomics special edition. The papers are robust recommendations in sourcing and using appropriate health state utility values in economic models in health care.  © Springer They are intended as […]

How to pay for cures

from Healthcare Economist at http://bit.ly/2iNeczH on October 30, 2017 at 05:26AM Do you want to cure cancer?   Diabetes?  HIV?  Imagine if there was a single pill for each of these diseases that one could take to cure the diseases.  That would be a clear clinical advance, it would save lives, and also save money form […]

Effects of Episode-Based Payment on Health Care Spending and Utilization: Evidence from Perinatal Care in Arkansas

from Health Economics at http://bit.ly/2z0cZuM on October 29, 2017 at 04:08PM We study how physicians respond to financial incentives imposed by episode-based bundled payment (EBP), which encourages lower spending and improved quality for an entire episode of care. Specifically, we study the impact of the Arkansas Health Care Payment Improvement Initiative, a multi-payer program that […]

How Do Peers Influence BMI? Evidence from Randomly Assigned Classrooms in South Korea

from Health Economics at http://bit.ly/2z0cEIw on October 29, 2017 at 04:08PM Obesity among children is an important public health concern, and social networks may play a role in students’ habits that increase the likelihood of being overweight. We examine data from South Korean middle schools, where students are randomly assigned to classrooms, and exploit the […]

The Lifetime Costs of Bad Health

from Health Economics at http://bit.ly/2yVNada on October 29, 2017 at 04:08PM Health shocks are an important source of risk. People in bad health work less, earn less, face higher medical expenses, die earlier, and accumulate much less wealth compared to those in good health. Importantly, the dynamics of health are much richer than those implied […]