Healthy Skeptic

Healthy Skeptic

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The Healthy Skeptic podcast provides general information about health care and the health system. It is produced by Kevin Roche, who has many years of experience working in the health industry. Mr. Roche is available to assist health care companies through consulting arrangements and may be reached via email at khroche@healthy-skeptic.com


some coronavirus numbers
May 9 • 4 min
call your legislators and tell them to end this insanity
coronavirus status
May 5 • 6 min
General information available at www.healthy-skeptic.com
Coronavirus basics
May 5 • 4 min
The website has a ton of information and a google search will get you a lot more. www.healthy-skeptic.com
coronavirus
Mar 26 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/03/24/drug-rebates/
national health expenditures
Mar 26 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/03/24/drug-rebates/
drug prices
Mar 26 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/03/24/drug-rebates/
mental illness and Medicare spending
Mar 26 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/03/23/mental-health-and-total-spending-in-medicare-patients/
more coronavirus talk
Mar 22 • 4 min
written post on the site.
financial incentives
Mar 22 • 2 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/03/20/financial-incentives-and-consumer-behavior/
MedPac Part Tres
Mar 22 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/03/19/the-rest-of-the-medpac-report-to-congress/
medPac
Mar 22 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/03/18/more-from-medpacs-annual-report-to-congress-2/
MedPAC report
Mar 22 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/03/17/medpac-report-to-congress-3/
cost of drug development
Mar 22 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/03/16/cost-of-developing-a-new-drug/
life-sustaining care
Mar 22 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/03/13/life-sustaining-orders-and-end-of-life-care/
virus common sense
Mar 12 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/03/09/some-common-sense-on-the-virus/
drug pricing
Mar 12 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/03/12/drug-price-trends/
national helath spending
Mar 12 • 2 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/03/11/34996/
spending by condition
Mar 12 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/03/10/spending-by-condition/
drug company profitability
Mar 6 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/03/06/profitability-of-drug-companies/
helping doctors with medication adherence
Mar 6 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/03/05/aiding-physicians-in-improving-medication-adherence/
school choice
Mar 6 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/03/04/school-choice-programs-effect-on-public-schools/
bipartisan reform
Mar 3 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/02/18/a-bipartisan-proposal-for-health-reform/
employer plan spending through 2018
Mar 3 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/02/17/hcci-2018-report-on-health-spending-for-employer-health-plans/
physician management styles
Mar 3 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/02/14/physician-management-styles-and-patient-outcomes/
health economists change the health system
Mar 3 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/02/19/economists-fix-the-health-system/
dug company payments to doctors
Mar 3 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/03/03/drug-company-payments-to-manufacturers/
hospitals and charity care
Mar 2 • 2 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/02/20/profitable-non-profit-hospitals-and-charity-care/
mobile portal for diabetes
Mar 2 • 2 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/02/21/a-mobile-health-portal-and-diabetes-care/
2019 drug trend report
Mar 2 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/02/24/the-2019-express-scripts-drug-trend-report/
patient assessment of physicians
Mar 2 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/02/25/patient-assessment-of-physician-is-unrelated-to-race-or-gender/
physician practice acquistions
Mar 2 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/02/26/who-is-buying-physician-practices/
specialty consultations
Mar 2 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/02/27/specialist-referrals-during-a-hospitalization/
high deductible plan enrollee utilization
Mar 2 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/03/02/utilization-by-high-deductible-plan-enrollees/
concentration in health spending
Feb 28 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/02/28/concentration-in-health-spending-in-2017/
digital health
Feb 13 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/02/13/ama-report-on-use-of-digital-health/
price variation
Feb 13 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/02/12/understanding-the-effect-of-price-variation/
reference based pricing for drugs
Feb 12 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/02/11/adjustment-to-drug-reference-pricing/
medical homes
Feb 12 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/02/10/patient-centered-medical-homes/
ACO primary care
Feb 12 • 2 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/02/07/out-of-network-primary-care-in-acos/
who pays for and gets health services
Feb 8 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/02/06/who-gets-and-who-pays-for-health-care/
malpractice and quality
Feb 8 • 2 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/02/05/more-malpractice-exposure-does-not-equal-better-care/
benefit design and utilization
Feb 4 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/02/04/how-consumers-health-utilization-varies-depending-on-benefit-design/
detailing of physicians
Feb 4 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/02/03/drug-company-detailing-of-physicians/
electronic transactions
Feb 4 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/01/31/caqh-report-on-electronic-transactions-in-health-care/
predicting hospitalizations
Jan 30 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/01/30/ehr-data-to-predict-hospitalization-risk/
physician selection of patients
Jan 30 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/01/29/physician-preferences-for-certain-patients/
out of network billing
Jan 30 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/01/28/out-of-network-billing/
beneficiary savings in MA
Jan 30 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/01/27/medicare-advantage-savings-for-beneficiaries/
cancer treatment in hospital outpatient depts
Jan 26 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/01/24/oncology-drug-costs-and-site-of-service/
car-t therapy costs
Jan 26 • 3 min
see written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/01/23/early-results-on-car-t-therapy-in-medicare-patients/
ma hospital quality
Jan 26 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/01/22/hospital-quality-in-ma-plans/
single payer costs
Jan 26 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/01/17/decision-aids-effect-on-treatment-choices/
decision aids
Jan 26 • 2 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/01/17/decision-aids-effect-on-treatment-choices/
venture capital activity in 2019
Jan 26 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/01/16/venture-capital-activity-in-2019/
administrative expenses
Jan 16 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/01/15/administrative-costs-in-canada-and-the-us/
broad networks
Jan 16 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/01/14/what-consumers-will-pay-for-a-broad-network-health-plan/
bundled payments
Jan 16 • 2 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/01/13/bundled-payment-research/
clinical decision support
Jan 13 • 3 min
written post at *https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/01/10/automated-clinical-decision-support/
superutilizer patient management
Jan 13 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/01/09/intensive-management-of-super-utilizer-patients/
private and public payer hospital rates
Jan 8 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/01/08/public-and-private-payer-hospital-rate-trends/
medicare spending trends
Jan 8 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/01/07/medicare-spending-trends/
peer influence on product diffusion
Jan 8 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/01/06/peer-influences-on-diffusion-of-new-treatments/
hospital consolidation and quality
Jan 5 • 2 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/01/03/hospital-quality-and-consolidation/
minnesota health care spending
Jan 5 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2020/01/02/health-spending-in-minnesota/
looking forward to 2020
Dec 31, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/12/30/2020-already-how-did-that-happen/
the decade in health care
Dec 31, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/12/27/the-decade-in-health-care/
high cost patients
Dec 23, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/12/23/hbr-on-managing-expensive-patients/
statistics in oncology trials
Dec 23, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/12/20/statistical-uncertainty-in-oncology/
high cost hospitals
Dec 19, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/12/19/hospital-costs-and-payments/
housing vouchers
Dec 19, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/12/18/housing-vouchers-and-health-spending/
ma chart reviews
Dec 17, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/12/17/oig-report-on-medicare-advantage-risk-scoring/
advance planning
Dec 17, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/12/16/the-effect-of-advance-planning-directives-on-end-of-life-care/
medicare advantage plan switching
Dec 13, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/12/13/medicare-advantage-member-plan-switching/
deloitte consumer survey
Dec 13, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/12/12/global-consumer-health-care-survey/
high deductible plans and diabetes
Dec 11, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/12/11/high-deductible-plans-and-diabetes-treatment/
specialist payments
Dec 10, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/12/10/specialist-physician-payment-method-and-outcomes/
national health spending
Dec 10, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/12/09/national-health-spending-in-2018/
medical cost trend
Dec 6, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/12/06/willistowerswatson-report-on-global-medical-trends/
rural access to specialists
Dec 5, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/12/05/specialist-access-for-rural-patients/
ma spillovers
Dec 5, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/12/03/medicare-spillover-effects/
patient reported information
Dec 3, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com
life expectancy
Dec 2, 2019 • 3 min
written post here https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/12/02/life-expectancy-in-the-last-60-years/
ideology in research
Dec 2, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/11/25/ideology-and-research/
price transparency rules
Nov 26, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/11/22/health-cost-transparency-rules/
retail drug prices
Nov 26, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/11/21/retail-drug-pricing-trends/
medical device purchasing
Nov 20, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/11/20/single-source-medical-device-purchasing-savings/
medicare annual wellness visits
Nov 20, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/11/19/effects-of-medicares-annual-wellness-visit/
quality programs
Nov 18, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/11/18/have-all-our-quality-programs-accomplished-anything/
end of life care
Nov 18, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/11/15/end-of-life-care-in-icus/
HAC reductions
Nov 14, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/11/14/hospital-acquired-infection-reductions/
OECD report
Nov 14, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/11/13/oecd-health-report/
readmission reduction program
Nov 12, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/11/12/more-on-the-reality-of-hospital-readmission-reductions/
payment method for specialists
Nov 12, 2019 • 2 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/11/11/specialist-care-of-chronic-disease-patients/
provider consolidation and Medicare
Nov 12, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/11/08/provider-consolidations-impacts-on-medicare-and-medicare-beneficiaries/
effects of cost-sharing
Nov 8, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/11/07/responses-to-cost-sharing-by-low-income-patients/
340B program profits
Nov 7, 2019 • 2 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/11/06/hospital-340b-profits/
aco savings
Nov 7, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/11/05/medicare-shared-savings-program-analysis/
provider consolidation
Nov 5, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/11/04/responses-to-provider-consolidation/
mercer on benefits
Nov 1, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/11/01/mercer-on-employer-health-benefits/
functional medicine
Nov 1, 2019 • 2 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/10/31/results-from-a-functional-model-of-care/
clinician burnout
Oct 30, 2019 • 2 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/10/30/physician-burnout-3/
massachusetts cost control
Oct 30, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/10/29/massachusetts-report-on-health-cost-drivers/
persistent high-spenders
Oct 29, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/10/28/persistent-high-cost-patients/
specialists in ACOs
Oct 29, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/10/25/specialist-participation-in-acos/
national health spending
Oct 24, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/10/24/national-health-spending-reports-from-altarum/
pbms and Part D
Oct 23, 2019 • 3 min
written post here https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/10/23/pharmacy-benefit-managers-in-medicare-part-d/
regulatory burdens
Oct 22, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/10/22/mgma-report-on-regulatory-burdens/
fraud and abuse rule changes
Oct 21, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/10/21/revisions-to-the-fraud-and-abuse-rules/
cardiac testing
Oct 21, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/10/18/trends-in-cardiac-testing-in-medicare/
MA plans and home health quality
Oct 17, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/10/17/quality-of-home-health-agencies-used-by-medicare-advantage-plans/
price transparency
Oct 16, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/10/16/providers-responses-to-price-transparency/
comprehensive care management
Oct 15, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com
waste in US health spending
Oct 14, 2019 • 4 min
written post here https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/10/14/waste-in-the-us-health-system/
GAO audit of CMS quality measures
Oct 14, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/10/11/gao-report-on-medicares-quality-measures/
accuracy of records of physician activities
Oct 14, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/10/10/did-doctors-really-do-what-the-records-say-they-did/
aco performance
Oct 14, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/10/09/medicare-aco-performance-3/
nurse prescribing
Oct 14, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/10/08/nurse-practitioner-prescribing-authority/
ma plans and competition
Oct 7, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/10/07/competition-and-medicare-advantage-plan-quality/
payment levels and access
Oct 7, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/10/04/level-of-physician-payment-and-access-in-medicaid/
patient experience measures
Oct 3, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/10/03/validity-of-patient-reported-experience-measures/
employer health plans
Oct 3, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/10/02/the-kff-employer-sponsored-health-benefits-report/
end of life care
Oct 3, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/10/01/the-cost-of-intensive-end-of-life-care/
diseases in different countries
Sep 30, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/09/30/variations-in-disease-and-outcomes-across-countries/
administrative costs
Sep 30, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/09/27/administrative-costs-in-the-us-health-care-system/
hospital concentration
Sep 30, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/09/26/hospital-market-concentration-prices-and-utilization/
medicaid drug spending
Sep 30, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/09/25/medicaid-medication-costs/
hospital coding
Sep 24, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/09/24/hospital-costs-and-coding/
physician practice patterns
Sep 24, 2019 • 5 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/09/23/primary-care-physician-practice-patterns-and-patient-outcomes/
hospital administered drugs
Sep 24, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/09/20/hospital-drug-price-markups/
physician drug rep interactions
Sep 19, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/09/19/physician-drug-rep-interactions/
ma plan admin costs
Sep 19, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/09/18/medicare-advantage-plan-administrative-costs/
hospital star ratings
Sep 19, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/09/17/hospital-star-ratings/
ma spillovers
Sep 19, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/09/16/medicare-advantage-spillover-effects-to-traditional-medicare/
mobile health
Sep 19, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/09/13/mobile-health-2/
price transparency
Sep 19, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/09/12/price-transparency-and-value-based-purchasing/
diffusion of medical knowledge
Sep 11, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com
skilled nursing facility star ratings and outcomes
Sep 10, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com
Medicare and private health plan use of post-acute care
Sep 9, 2019 • 4 min
written post is at https://healthy-skeptic.com
one hospital system’s abuse of market power
Sep 6, 2019 • 2 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com
value based purchasing
Sep 5, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com
practice size and outcomes
Sep 5, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/09/05/physician-group-characteristics-and-patient-outcomes/
risk adjusting hospital payments
Sep 5, 2019 • 4 min
written post is at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/09/04/risk-adjusting-health-care-payments/
RVU committees
Sep 3, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/09/03/physicians-and-the-relative-value-committees/
drug pricing
Sep 3, 2019 • 2 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/08/30/crazy-drug-pricing-again/
association of education and cause of death
Sep 3, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/08/29/association-of-education-level-race-and-cause-of-death/
medical homes and chronic disease patients
Aug 28, 2019 • 2 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/08/28/medical-homes-and-patients-with-chronic-diseases/
unintended HRRP consequences
Aug 27, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/08/27/unintended-consequences-of-hospital-readmissions-reduction-program/
relative risk of Medicare beneficiaries
Aug 27, 2019 • 4 min
written post here https://healthy-skeptic.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=34463&action=edit
health spending and social spending
Aug 23, 2019 • 5 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/08/22/is-there-a-relationship-between-social-and-health-spending/
physicians and risk assessment
Aug 23, 2019 • 4 min
written blog at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/08/23/how-good-is-physician-assessment-of-risk/
employee health costs
Aug 21, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/08/21/trends-in-consumer-costs-related-to-health-care-coverage/
large employer health care trends
Aug 20, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/08/20/large-employer-health-benefits-survey/
hospital quality rating systems
Aug 19, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://anchor.fm/dashboard/episode/new/library
defective psychology research
Aug 16, 2019 • 2 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/08/16/defective-research-in-psychology/
commercial hospital price trends
Aug 15, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/08/15/commercial-plan-hospital-price-trends/
research designs
Aug 14, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/08/14/interrupted-time-series-experimental-designs/
drug cost-sharing assistance programs
Aug 13, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/08/13/patient-drug-payment-assistance-programs/
rural ACOs
Aug 13, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/08/12/acos-for-rural-and-underserved-areas/
health insurer profits
Aug 9, 2019 • 5 min
Written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/08/09/profitability-of-private-health-insurers/
defective health research
Aug 8, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/08/08/defective-health-research/
malpractice liability
Aug 7, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/08/07/the-effects-of-malpractice-liability/
self-funded plans
Aug 6, 2019 • 3 min
written post here https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/08/06/self-funded-health-plans/
medicaid managed care
Aug 5, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/08/05/medicaid-managed-care-plans/
monopsony power in health care
Aug 1, 2019 • 5 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/08/01/buyer-purchasing-power-in-health-care/
primary care spending
Aug 1, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/07/26/primary-care-spending/
milliman 2019 medical cost index
Aug 1, 2019 • 5 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/07/29/the-2019-milliman-medical-index/
generic drug prices
Aug 1, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/07/30/generic-drug-pricing/
dementia cost to Medicare
Aug 1, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/07/31/costs-of-dementia-to-medicare/
employer health insurance
Jul 25, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/07/25/employer-sponsored-health-insurance/
[persistently high cost patients
Jul 24, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/07/24/persistently-high-cost-patients/
Alternative quality contract results in Massachusetts
Jul 23, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/07/23/eight-years-experience-with-an-alternative-reimbursement-method/
age and health spending
Jul 22, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/07/22/the-relationship-of-proximity-to-death-and-health-spending/
use of biosimilars
Jul 21, 2019 • 2 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/07/19/how-much-money-would-more-use-of-biosimilars-save/
reference pricing
Jul 21, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/07/18/reference-pricing-effects/
capitated physician reimbursement
Jul 21, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/07/17/effect-of-a-capitated-primary-care-payment-method-on-quality-and-cost/
sources of malpractice claims
Jul 21, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/07/15/sources-of-malpractice-claims/
readmission penalties related to surgeries
Jul 21, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/07/16/readmission-penalties-and-surgery/
physician recruiting incentives
Jul 19, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/07/12/physician-recruiting-incentives/
using private plans for public health benefits
Jul 19, 2019 • 4 min
Written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/07/11/using-private-health-plans-for-public-payment-programs/
physicians set the RVUs
Jul 19, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/07/10/the-rvs-may-not-accurately-reflect-actual-physician-work-time/
physicians as patients
Jul 9, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/07/09/physicians-as-patients/
ehrs and doctor burnout
Jul 9, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/07/08/ehrs-and-physician-burnout/
value from more medical spending?
Jul 9, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/07/03/quality-outcome-adjusted-medical-treatment-costs/
internet ratings and physician choice
Jul 2, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=34307&action=edit
hospital pricing to commercial health plans
Jul 1, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/07/01/hospital-pricing-for-commercial-health-plans/
cancer drug pipeline`
Jul 1, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/06/28/cancer-therapy-pipeline/
computer programs and health decision-making
Jun 27, 2019 • 4 min
written post https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/06/27/humans-health-care-and-computer-algorithms/
ACOs and Medicare Savings
Jun 26, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/06/25/acos-and-medicare-savings/
nursing home quality ratings
Jun 26, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/06/26/report-cards-and-skilled-nursing-facility-quality/
2020 medical cost trend
Jun 24, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/06/24/pwcs-2020-medical-cost-trend-report/
employer-sponsored health care
Jun 21, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/06/21/the-employment-based-health-insurance-system/
network performance
Jun 20, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/06/20/relative-performance-of-provider-network-types/
use of adjunct providers
Jun 20, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/06/19/adjunct-providers-and-complex-patients/
use of nurse practitioners and physician assistants to care for complex patients
Jun 19, 2019 • 4 min
written post is at
more on survey methodology
Jun 18, 2019 • 3 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/06/13/more-on-survey-methodology/
high cost claims
Jun 18, 2019 • 5 min
written post is at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/06/18/high-cost-claims/
survey methodology issues
Jun 17, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/06/12/survey-research-methodology/
antioxidants, a cautionary tale
Jun 17, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/06/11/antioxidants-and-health-a-cautionary-tale/
interventions for high cost patients
Jun 17, 2019 • 3 min
link to written post https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/06/14/interventions-to-manage-seriously-ill-patients/
drug company payments to prescribers
Jun 17, 2019 • 4 min
link to the written post https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/06/17/drug-company-payments-to-prescribers/
machine learning in health care
Jun 12, 2019 • 3 min
written post is at www.healthy-skeptic.com
medicare choices of new beneficiaries
Jun 12, 2019 • 4 min
Written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/06/10/new-medicare-beneficiaries-and-medicare-advantage/
anti-oxidants, a cautionary tale
Jun 12, 2019 • 4 min
written post is at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/06/11/antioxidants-and-health-a-cautionary-tale/
survey research methodology
Jun 12, 2019 • 4 min
Written post is at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/06/12/survey-research-methodology/
drug spending by payer
Jun 4, 2019 • 4 min
written post at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/06/04/drug-spending-for-different-payers/
predicting high cost patients
Jun 3, 2019 • 3 min
the written post can be found at https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/06/03/predicting-high-cost-patients-2/
self-funded employer health plans
May 30, 2019 • 4 min
The link to the written post is https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/05/30/dol-report-on-self-funded-plans/
HSAs and health care utilization
May 29, 2019 • 4 min
link to the original post is https://healthy-skeptic.com/2019/05/29/hsa-balances-and-health-care-utilization/
health price variation
May 28, 2019 • 4 min
The written post can be found at https://healthy-skeptic.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=34201&action=edit
The latest Altarum Institute report on national health spending and health prices
May 28, 2019 • 4 min
The written post can be found at https://healthy-skeptic.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=34192&action=edit and includes a link to the report
medicare advantage and dual eligibles
May 23, 2019 • 3 min
This was based on an Avalere study. here is the link https://go.avalere.com/acton/attachment/12909/f-69e32532-ce17-42c8-87bc-8b95e12e258a/1/-/-/-/-/BMA_Duals_ISPOR_2019.pdf
Introduction to the healthy skeptic podcast
May 23, 2019 • 1 min
this episode describes the content of the healthy-skeptic podcasts