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Enhancing Value By Evaluating Health Care Services

Enhancing Value By Evaluating Health Care Services

Health Affairs, November 1, 2021

As we continue to move forward through the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans grapple with the enormous strain on humanity and the health system. We are presented with the challenge—and opportunity—of asking how health care can adapt to provide more efficient methods of addressing the needs of patients, fostering resiliency and preparedness for the future, and providing higher-value care. For decades, the field of economics and outcomes research has designed and deployed methods to conduct clinical and economic evaluation of health interventions. These tools serve as an important foundation to derive information on value and efficiency across the health care system.

Why remap Illinois when the redrawn map is even worse?

Why remap Illinois when the redrawn map is even worse?

Daily Herald, October 31, 2021

The Illinois remapping committee posted a blatantly gerrymandered Illinois congressional map on Oct. 15. Our research group scored the map across multiple fairness metrics and found all but one clearly indicating gerrymandering.

LA’s Port Crisis Is Snarling the Economy. These Quick Fixes Would Help.

LA’s Port Crisis Is Snarling the Economy. These Quick Fixes Would Help.

Barron's, October 26, 2021

Los Angeles’s notorious traffic jams are a common sight, but the current logjam at its ports is something new. To alleviate the snarled supply chain issues at these ports, President Biden announced on Oct. 13 that the Los Angeles port will follow the Long Beach port to operate 24 hours per day. But there is no sign of the crisis abating. The number of ships waiting to unload hit a new record of 100 container ships on Oct. 19 with 45 more arriving the following 3 days. 

The next vaccine exemption debate: 'My child, my choice'

The next vaccine exemption debate: 'My child, my choice'

The Hill, October 25, 2021

The options for Americans who refuse to get vaccinated are rapidly shrinking. President Biden’s blanket COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal workers or contractors and companies with over 100 employees means that vaccination is required for over 100 million people.  Only some workers under the mandate have the alternative of weekly testing — the rest, face seeking alternative employment if they do not take the jab. Over two-thirds of unvaccinated Americans have indicated that they would quit their job rather than be vaccinated, although many more are submitting to vaccination than expected

Data offers glimpse of breakthrough risks for Southern Nevada workers

Data offers glimpse of breakthrough risks for Southern Nevada workers

Las Vegas Review-Journal, October 22, 2021

There have been more than 500 breakthrough infections of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated casino workers in Clark County, a number similar to that of health care workers, newly obtained data from the Southern Nevada Health District shows.

Complex Booster Plan Muddies Vaccine Message for Weary Public

Complex Booster Plan Muddies Vaccine Message for Weary Public

Bloomberg Law, October 21, 2021

Federal clearance of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 boosters, and signoff on mixing and matching doses, add complexity to an already struggling government messaging campaign—but the advice may be simpler than it appears.