It must be the upcoming Memorial Day holiday because this week’s edition of Health Wonk Review seems a tad shorter than usual. Under a dozen posts and just a handful focused on the ACA? Wow. Guess some folks sneaked off to the campgrounds early?
Here’s a quick rundown of what you can find in this week’s edition:
- Joe Paduda at Managed Care Matters, looked at the effect of state decisions regarding Medicaid expansion on workers comp system.
- Louise Norris, Colorado Health Insurance Insider, offers her thoughts on the story of Luis Lang, who rejected Obamacare but then “saw the light.” (He now wants to be Obamacare’s poster boy, by the way.)
- David Williams at Health Business Blog looks at increased emergency department use under Obamacare and whether opponents of the law should using the fact to bash the law.
- ACASignups.net founder and healthinsurance.org Blog contributor Charles Gaba makes his first appearance in HWR with a post encouraging readers to stay calm as the insurance rate review hysteria begins.
- Julie Ferguson, Workers Comp Insider, offers highlights of a report on the state of the work comp industry.
- Henry Stern at InsureBlog says big companies are looking at the implementation of genetic testing in the workplace. Should we be concerned?
Healthcare system efficiency
- Peggy Salvatore at Health System Ed, writes about the impact of information technology on lowering costs and improving quality in health care information.
- David Harlow, HealthBlawg, offers his reaction to Atul Gawande’s high-profile post about unnecessary medical care.
- Jason Shafrin over at The Healthcare Economist says the FDA may be looking at patient preferences when approving medical devices.
- Preeti Malani, writing for Health Affairs Blog, looks at lessons from Indian’s HIV outbreak.
- Roy Poses, Health Care Renewal, explains how new trade pacts under recent senatorial dispute could potentially have major effects on health care and public health.
Next up for HWR? Louise Norris hosts HWR over at Colorado Health Insurance Insider on June 4.
See you then.
Steve Anderson is editor and content manager for healthinsurance.org, where he’s been writing about health insurance and health reform since 2008. He’s been fortunate to have worked with a talented team of health policy writers.