Brad Delong has a good precis on how a functional political system performs quality control on its information and decision system: (1) Loss of position, (2) loss of informal influence, (3) loss of cushy life, (4) loss of liberty, and (5) loss of life–those are the five forfeits that can be imposed on the losers in […]
About David Anderson
I'm a research associate at Duke University Margolis Center. I used to be Richard Mayhew, a mid-level bureaucrat at UPMC Health Plan. I started writing here and have not found a reason to stop.
Entries by David Anderson
As a follow-up to this morning’s post on building networks, the blindingly obvious became obvious to me on a reread. One of the big sources of new entries into the insurance industry has been the creation of provider-sponsored plans or integrated delivery systems or payer-provider systems (all the same thing, just depends on what set […]
Networks are hard for insurers to build. They are easy to build when an insurer is operating in an area where it is already covering a large population base. A decent network that offers decent access at a reasonable price is very hard to build when an insurer is going into a new area. This […]
The Incidental Economist at Academy Health is summarizing some research on medical malpractice by looking at which doctors get sued and pay out awards for malpractice: they looked at the concentrations of claims among physicians. What they found is this: Most docs who were sued (84%) were only sued once. But they account for only […]
The % of people uninsured is at the lowest level ever recorded, but not yet zero. pic.twitter.com/whtIBcb075 — Larry Levitt (@larry_levitt) February 5, 2016 This is good news. The questions are how to keep pushing that number done some more and how to make sure that the people who are covered actually can use the […]