Health Wonk Review – Number 12

Welcome to the twelfth edition of the Health Wonk Review. I'm the lucky host this time around, presenting the best of the blogosphere in health policy, infrastructure, insurance, technology, and managed care. So grab a fresh cup of coffee, and enjoy! First up we have Julie Ferguson, from Workers Comp Insider. In this submission, Jon Coppleman discusses an updated prescription drug study by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) in his post on the drug management learning curve and some snake oil – “snake oil” is mentioned. Dmitriy Kruglyak of The Medical Blog Network, interviews Andy Kessler author of “End of Medicine” – a book that made Amazon's Top 10. The interview with the author highlights his vision of the future of health care delivery. The post, “The End of Medicine” is a great example of some of the original reporting in the health wonk blogosphere. At Healthcare Economist, Jason Shafrin reviews a few academic articles which analyze whether or not nurse practitioners are cost effective in both the hospital and out-patient setting. Both studies find that nurse practitioners can reduce cost while not reducing the quality of care to patients. Hmm, lower cost… same quality… The Cost Effectiveness of Nurse Practitioners is interesting stuff. Hospital Buyer reports shocking news: New Medicare Rules Met with Opposition from Many Parties. Olivier Travers notes that the Deficit Reduction Act includes...

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