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09/20/2017

Half of Healthcare Spending: For 1/20th of the People

It is not unfair that we spend more on medical care for some people than others. After all, some people are sicker than others. If there’s anything unfair, it’s probably the uneven distribution of illness and disability. That said, the … Continue reading

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09/18/2017

If We Cut Surgical Pay, Will Surgeons Cut into More People?

Shutterstock Knee replacements are booming. Between 2005 and 2015, the number of knee replacement procedures in the U.S. doubled, to more than one million. Experts think the figure might rise 6-fold more in the next couple decades, because of our … Continue reading

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09/14/2017

The Key to Surviving Your Hospital Stay? Get Admitted During Inspection Season

A fascinating study from JAMA Internal Medicine shows that hospital mortality rates decline when hospitals are being inspected by The Joint Commission, a national accrediting agency. Here’s a picture showing the research findings: Which raises the question – is there a … Continue reading

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09/13/2017

Talking about Healthcare Costs with Your Oncologist

My colleagues and I just published a study in The Journal of Oncology Practice, showing what happens when the topic of healthcare costs comes up during oncology clinic appointments. Check out this nice news article discussing our findings: Even brief … Continue reading

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09/12/2017

Repealing Obamacare Could Close Your Local Hospital

Shutterstock Last spring and summer, the Republicans stumbled in their efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. But they might try a new approach later this year. If they do, expect to hear more debates about what their replacement plans mean … Continue reading

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09/08/2017

On Our Way to Being a Smoke-Free Nation

Great picture from a NEJM article showing a continuing reduction in American tobacco consumption, a decline that accelerated during the Obama years. (Irony – Obama was a smoker during much of that time!) My question – What would this look … Continue reading

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09/07/2017

Do We Know How to Promote Employee Health?

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, lots of companies are encouraging workers to get biometric screening.  Here’s a picture of that: But is there evidence that this promotes healthier behavior? Would love someone to direct me to any relevant research.

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09/06/2017

A Surprising Way Health Insurance Might Save Your Life

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) speaks with members of the media at Trump Tower December 12, 2016 in New York. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images) Back in May, an angry constituent asked Congressmen Raul … Continue reading

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08/11/2017

Writing Sabbatical

I am currently on sabbatical (and enjoying some hiking in the Appalachian Mountains). Blog posts will resume in September! The post Writing Sabbatical appeared first on PeterUbel.com.

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05/31/2017

Who Receives More Wasteful Care: Medicaid Enrollees or People with Private Insurance?

Some medical services are unnecessary. Is it your first day of uncomplicated lower back pain? You don’t need an x-ray. But many patients continue to receive such services anyway, perhaps because they demand them or, perhaps, because their providers keep recommending … Continue reading

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