Category: EC 782

Explaining these two graphs should merit a Nobel prize

Reposting from The Incidental Economist Blog What happened to US life expectancy? Posted: 07 Jan 2014 03:00 AM PST Here’s another chart from the JAMA study “The Anatomy of Health Care in the United States”: Why did the US fall behind the OECD median in the mid-1980s for men and the early 1990s for women? Note, […]

Two great reposts from TIE/JAMA

This repost from The Incidental Economist (TIE) is one of the best summaries of US Health Care I have seen. I also appended the Uwe posting at the bottom. (The JAMA Authors are Hamilton Moses III, MD; David H. M. Matheson, MBA, JD; E. Ray Dorsey, MD, MBA; Benjamin P. George, MPH; David Sadoff, BA; Satoshi Yoshimura, PhD The JAMA Article, which has an abundance of tables, references […]

AHRF/ARF 2012-13 data is available free

AHRF=Area Health Resource File (Formerly ARF) 2012-2013 ARHF can now be downloaded at no cost. The 2012-2013 ARF data files and documentation can now be downloaded. Click the link below to learn how to download ARF documentation and data. http://arf.hrsa.gov/ “The Area Health Resources Files (AHRF)—a family of health data resource products—draw from an extensive […]

2007-2011 MarketScan Data at Boston University

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Commonwealth Fund Report on Health Care Cost Control

The Commonwealth Fund has just come out with a new report outlining a strategy for containing health care costs in the US. It seems rather optimistic to me. Here is the opening two paragraphs and link. Confronting Costs: Stabilizing U.S. Health Spending While Moving Toward a High Performance Health Care System, Authored by The Commonwealth […]

US Cardiovascular Diseases Rates are Improving But…

I browsed to the following overview of US research on Heart, Lung, and Blood diseases in the US. This report documents the dramatic improvements in cardiovascular health in the US, which they estimate costs the US about $300 billion or about $1000 per American in 2008 (Direct of treatment and indirect costs from premature mortality).  […]

Lisa Iezzoni’s new book on Risk Adjustment****

I just received and have scanned through Lisa Iezzoni’s fourth book (as editor and major contributor) entitled Risk Adjustment for Measuring Health Care Outcomes (Fourth Edition), Lisa I Iezzoni (ed) (2013) Even though Lisa is a physician, not an economist or statistician, this book provides an excellent overview of risk adjustment (population-based), and severity or […]

Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative, by CMS, Overview

CMS posted in late August an interesting site that provides lots of information about the seven demonstrations going on for Comprehensive Primary Care Payment. http://innovations.cms.gov/initiatives/Comprehensive-Primary-Care-Initiative/index.html Each site includes a list of participating PCPs. with specific clinic names, zip codes and addresses. Could be interesting to examine how severe a selection problem there is.

Five Questions for Health Economists

My presidential address to the American Society of Health Economists is now available to download and scheduled for publication in the International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics. Here is the link. Five questions for health economists Randall P. Ellis Online First™, 3 September 2012 Here is the direct link to the pdf file. […]

Ash and Ellis “Risk-adjusted Payment and Performance Assessment for Primary Care” is out

After working in the area for the past three years, I am happy to report that the paper below is finally out in  Medical Care. Risk-adjusted Payment and Performance Assessment for Primary Care Ash, Arlene S. PhD; Ellis, Randall P. PhD The full version is currently posted as printed ahead of print, although the actual […]

2012 Handbook of Health Economics, on ScienceDirect

2012 Handbook of Health Economics (Pauly, McGuire and Barros) is free on-line. Here is the link to the pdf files. Excellent literature reviews and new insights. I purchased the hard cover version, but this is wonderfully accessible. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/handbooks/15740064 Many research universities, including BU have access to ScienceDirect. It is unusual for Elsevier to post its […]

US Physician office visits declined 17% from 2009-2011

Being insured is no guarantee unemployed will seek care Research suggests they may be unable to cover co-pays and deductibles, or fear they cannot afford the expenses that result. By Victoria Stagg Elliott, amednews staff. Posted Feb. 7, 2012. Unemployed people who have private health insurance are less likely to put off care because of […]

ARF 2009-10 is available free

ARF=Area Resource File 2009-2010 ARF Can Now Be Downloaded at No Cost. The 2009-2010 ARF data files and documentation can now be downloaded. Click the link below to learn how to download ARF documentation and data. http://arf.hrsa.gov/purchase.htm “The basic county-specific Area Resource File (ARF) is the nucleus of the overall ARF System. It is a […]