Kicking off 2015 with the latest from all the wonks

Vince Kuraitis hosted the first Health Wonk Review of 2015 – the “shake the winter blahs” edition – at his eCareManagement Blog, and it’s full of great articles.  Some of my favorites in this edition:

Roy Poses, writing about the “miracle” Hepatitis C drugs and reminding us – as always – to focus on evidence.

Joe Paduda, with some excellent insight into Harvard employees’ concerns that their out-of-pocket costs are increasing.  I like Joe’s assertion that deductibles and copays are an inefficient way of cost-sharing, in that they discourage people from seeking necessary care prior to the deductible, but once the out-of-pocket maximum is met, there’s no cost incentive at all for the patient.  And I appreciate his tongue-in-cheek concern for professionals with $200k salaries and $250 deductibles.

Julie Ferguson, writing about the health dangers of night-shift work.  This is a problem with no obvious solution though.  Some professions – nursing among them – require 24 hour staffing.

There’s plenty of other good stuff in this edition of the Health Wonk Review – don’t miss it!

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Louise Norris has been writing about health insurance and healthcare reform since 2006. In addition to the Colorado Health Insurance Insider, she also writes for,, Verywell, Spark by ADP, and Boost by ADP, and Gusto. Follow on twitter and facebook.

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