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Jason S. Patient Expert

San Diego, California
Currently, Jason is pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD). Jason's research interests include: all issues related to healthcare policy and economics, the health insurance market and its relationship to labor markets, as well as public and labor economics in... Full Bio
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Everything PPACA HWR by Jason S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Joe Paduda has posted The Everything-PPACA edition of Health Wonk Review at Managed Care Matters.  The ongoing rollout of the Affordable Care Act is the primary subjec ... Read on »
Standard Gamble, Time Trade-off and Visual Analog Scale by Jason S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Would you rather live for 5 years in perfect health or 10 years with some debilitating disease?  How much do you value living for a year with this debilitating disease ... Read on »
Medicare starts using prior authorization by Jason S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Included within the many changes to physician payment in HR2 , is one provision that may surprise people; a subset of Medicare physicians will be required to receive p ... Read on »
EMRs and the Medical Alphabet by Jason S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Here at the Healthcare Economist, I have noted that electronic medical records (EMR) are not the cure-all for healthcare delivery.   EMRs have a number of problems in ... Read on »
Precision for Medicine Acquires Precision Health Economics by Jason S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Big news in the world of Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR).  The press release is below. Extends Leadership in Health Economics and Outcomes Research ... Read on »
Friday Links by Jason S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Google Body ? Negotiate without being a pushover. Things you didn’t know about income taxes . Tax deductions economists hate . Drawbacks of EMRs . ... Read on »
‘Doc fix’ fixed? by Jason S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy This may be the case.   Fox News reports : The Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation permanently overhauling how Medicare pays physicians late Tuesday in a ra ... Read on »
What is MIPS? by Jason S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Yesterday I posted about MIPS , the new Medicare physician reimbursement program set to begin in 2019.  The Health Affairs blog provides a nice summary of some of the ... Read on »
Robots vs. Physicians? by Jason S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Economist reports that adverse events occur relatively frequently when physicians insert catheters: placing needles inside veins deep in the body is notoriou ... Read on »
On being well-informed by Jason S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy HT: Justin Wolfers via The Incidental Economist . Read on »
4 Questions by Jason S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy It is currently Passover, the Jewish celebration of the Exodus from Egypt. One of the many traditions at the Passover Seder is to read the 4 questions. Here at the Hea ... Read on »
Medicaid Expansion and States’ bottom line by Jason S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy A recent RWJF Issue Brief notes that states that expanded Medicaid received more revenue from the federal government and had less state-level spending on programs that ... Read on »
Quality-Adjusted Cost Of Care by Jason S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy One of my paper (along with co-authors Darius Lakdawalla, Claudio Lucarelli, Sean Nicholson, Zeba M. Khan and Tomas J. Philipson) was published at Health Affairs.  The ... Read on »
Does your doc want to be in an ACO? by Jason S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The answer is likely “It depends.”  To see why this is the case, let us consider the case of some proposed health reforms in Switzerland to force physicians into manag ... Read on »
Why doesn’t evidence based medicine spread faster? by Jason S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy One reason is that physicians may value their own experiences (i.e., learning by doing) over the accumulated experience across many providers.  A paper by Berndt et al ... Read on »
Transitioning to Alternative Payment Models by Jason S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy CMS has stated that they want 30% of all fee-for-service payments to be transitioned to alternative payment models –such as pay for performance–in the upcoming years. ... Read on »
Fixing the “doc fix” by Jason S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The sustainable growth rate (SGR) was implemented by Congress in1998.  The SGR’s aim was to slowly bring down or at least decellerate Medicare compensation for physici ... Read on »
Quotation of the Day by Jason S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. – Albert Einstein Read on »
Friday Links by Jason S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Men’s salaries as nurses . “ Top Lawyers ” are average. MRI’s for less . Before and after . Health insurance exchange enrollment . California ... Read on »
A Neurosurgeon and A Patient by Jason S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The moving story of Paul Kalanithi . That message is simple: When you come to one of the many moments in life when you must give an account of yourself ... Read on »