The Front Lines of the Opioid Epidemic

Opioid prescriptions in the United States have been rising significantly in recent years, leading to a rapid increase in non-medical use and a significant increase in opioid-related deaths. The opioid epidemic has become so severe that the Trump administration has declared it a national emergency. … Continue reading

Stronger Push Needed for Preventive Care

The Affordable Care Act expanded coverage and patient protections but failed to make health care affordable, with health spending now nearly 20% of U.S. GDP and growing. One aspect of the ACA that aimed to improve access and cut costs was the little-known mandate requiring all private insurers to … Continue reading

CONCENTRAAAAAAAAATE

Over recent years, the number of hospitals and health insurance markets has decreased, leading to a higher market concentration in both industries. Previous studies have concluded that increasing market concentration of hospitals results in increased transaction prices. Conversely, studies have … Continue reading

Money Don’t Mean A Thing

Does making medications free affect a patient's decisions to adhere to therapy for chronic conditions? In a study conducted at Kaiser Permanente, patients in a no deductible plan were moved to a deductible plan with either Value Based Insurance Design (VBID) or no VBID.  As part of the VBID plan, … Continue reading