Friday Links

  • “It’s a little bit like falling into the future.” Check out Charlie Rose interviewing Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich of Radiolab fame.
  • Smart take by Evan Soltas on a proposal from Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) to raise the minimum wage. Soltas argues that there are better means (namely, expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC) to achieve the same end. It’s a good reminder that in situations like this a debate should never be assumed to be an either/or option
  • Dual eligibles (those who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid) are a difficult population to care for, made all the more difficult by a lack of coordination between the two programs. An insightful article by Dr. Richard Frank walks through a possible solution involving shared savings; give the programs – and the patient – an incentive to better coordinate care, and see if it can reduce costs
  • Ezekiel Emanuel with another insightful post on end-of-life care – it may not save much money (contrary to popular opinion) but patients prefer it. He highlights a number of changes that should be made that are in line with the extensive research I did for a client – teach physicians how to talk about dying, pay physicians for having end-of-life conversations, and more. The only piece he misses is that it would be in everyone’s best interest to have a living will made, and there are measures that can be taken to ensure this happens

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