Health Reform
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Health Reform Increases State Medicaid Cost

JasonShafrin - March 8, 2011

Health Reform will of course increase Medicaid spending as more people become eligible for this entitlement. Yet this is not the only reason Medicaid costs will rise…

Business
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Medicaid P4P

JasonShafrin - March 7, 2011

As part of health reform, Medicare is looking to institute value-based purchasing or pay-for-performance programs in a number of settings. In fact, in my work for Acumen,…

Medical Ethics
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Physician Integrity

JasonShafrin - March 4, 2011

Doctors have been giving out sick notes for teachers protesting Wisconsin’s threat to disband their union. Not only is this wrong, but Dr. Rich of Covert Rationing…

Business
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Largest One-YearJump in Health Spending

JasonShafrin - March 3, 2011

According to a recent Health Affairs paper, health care spending as a share of GDP grew by the largest percentage point increase since the U.S. government has…

Public Health
587 views

An Oxygen Tax

JasonShafrin - February 17, 2011

The UK explored selling or leasing forest land to private interests, but encounter some public backlash. “The plans were intended to give the private sector, community and…

Public Health
840 views

Estimating Lifetime or Episode-of-Illness Costs Under Censoring

JasonShafrin - February 14, 2011

How can you estimate an individual’s total lifetime cost of medical care? For people who die in your sample, this is simple. In most data sets, however,…

Business
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Pay-for-Performance: An Overview

JasonShafrin - January 20, 2011

Pay-for-performance schemes have been attracting much attention of late. A RWJF policy paper from 2007 provides a nice overview of various P4P design considerations. Below, I summarize…