Addiction Isn’t a Metric
Addiction Isn't a Metric

The ONDCP announced an initiative aimed at reducing overdose deaths. But by limiting all of addiction into a metric, we reduce the value in measuring overdoses.

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A Price on Patient Values
A Price on Patient Values

Policy makers believe price transparency will help patients make cost-effective decisions. But patient decisions are made through trust, not cost-savings.

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Price Transparency Fallacy

We think disclosing the costs of clinical care will reduce overall costs. In reality, price transparency will increase the cost of care for patients.

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Novavax: What is the Point?
Novavax What is the Point

We have approved a fourth vaccine, with the goal of addressing vaccine hesitancy. But hesitancy is irrational and unlikely to be swayed by another vaccine.

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Learning Medical Uncertainty
Learning Medical Uncertainty

We teach medicine through memory. But memorizing facts does little to address the uncertainty that comes out of making decisions based on those facts.

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Healthcare’s Problem With Logic
Healthcare's Problem With Logic

Medicine has always relied on intuition, that prescient gut instinct. But intuition is outcomes focused. Instead, we need logic, which is process oriented.

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Monkeypox, COVID, and Racism
Monkeypox, COVID, and Racism

With viruses dominating headlines, it is no surprise that the latest Monkeypox outbreak garners headlines. But the way we cover this outbreak reveals a latent racism in health journalism.

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Origins of the Drug Resistant Pandemic
Origins of the Drug Resistant Pandemic

For most, prescribing antibiotics is a simple decision made reflexively. However, that decision, seemingly logical in the moment, becomes dangerous when applied across all of healthcare.

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A Game of Healthcare Law
A Game of Healthcare Law

In game theory, outcomes depend on the nature of the game and the payoffs. Healthcare is a game of incomplete dominance with multiple payoffs. Yet we simplify it into a zero-sum game.

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The Great COVID Vaccine Bet
The Great COVID Vaccine Bet

The CDC must decide whether to proceed with a new generation of vaccines that promise longer immunity. But many unknowns remain, making the decision a high-stakes gamble.

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The Fight Over Inoculation During the 1721 Boston Smallpox Epidemic
The Fight Over Inoculation During the 1721 Boston Smallpox Epidemic

Although inoculations were themselves a risky practice and carried a not-insignificant health risk, this data demonstrates that inoculations were significantly less fatal than the naturally occurring virus.


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