President-Elect Biden, Refocus Our Health Care System on Patients

President-Elect Biden, Refocus Our Health Care System on Patients

President-elect Biden has a unique opportunity to refocus our health care system on patients in ways we have never seen before.  The COVID-19 pandemic presents our greatest challenge and perhaps our greatest opportunity to solve long-standing and emergent health...
The high cost of the Most Favored Nation Executive Order

The high cost of the Most Favored Nation Executive Order

As we enter the final stretch of the 2020 election season, many of us may be reviewing the candidates’ stances on issues of not only personal, but also national, importance as we consider the choices before us.  High on this list for many Americans is access to...
The Impossible QALY

The Impossible QALY

The recent Health Affairs blog Who is sowing seeds of confusion about the QALY? fails to acknowledge the most fundamental problem with the Quality Adjusted Life Year (QALY): the QALY is a mathematically impossible construct.  Debates of the merits and scope of QALY...
MORNING CONSULT: Cost-Effectiveness in Health Care Is Racist

MORNING CONSULT: Cost-Effectiveness in Health Care Is Racist

Recent protests against police brutality have forced the country to face the role our institutions play in perpetuating racism. As with law enforcement, we must hold our health care system accountable for discrimination and the effect it has on health outcomes....