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Japanese Bovine Fitbits

The era of big data is changing our research paradigm from one that begins with a theory to one that simply crunches large amounts of data to see what correlations emerge.

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The 75% Threshold

The simple math of health insurance says it takes about 75% of a population to enroll in order to get enough healthy people in to cover the cost of the sick; this is the problem of ObamaCare and the conundrum for Republicans.

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Gag Orders

The continued push for price transparency is a good thing, but requirements on providers must be matched with similar obligations of payers.

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Maine Magic

A recent amendment floated by House Republicans attempts to provide short-term stability to the individual market, but also provides a lesson in ‘confounding variables.’

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Crowdfunding Your College Tuition

New data reaffirms the bifurcation in per capita healthcare spending between those who are healthy and those who are not, underscoring the political difficulty in finding solutions.

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Practical Economics

West Virginia and Florida introduce bills to repeal their CON laws, reflecting a core debate on the role of markets vs. government in healthcare.

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Dr. Jarvik’s Row Bow

The FDA allows 23andMe to market its genomic health risk assessment directly to consumers.

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New Year’s Resolutions

Two practices are hit with ransomware attacks and the cost of the credit monitoring and identity protection services alone are substantial.

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Old Black Cats

Anthem, a major player in the ACA exchanges, signals it may exit most or all of the markets in 2018.

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Body Language

CMS delays by 90 days the expansion of the mandatory bundled payment program, which may portend a significant pullback in the program.

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Tim Coan, ALN’s CEO, writes an insightful and witty blog three times a week about a variety of topics relevant to independent physician practices.

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