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Healthcare’s Administrative “Sludge” Is Worse than You Think


The economic term “externalities” sounds remote and antiseptic, but it’s not. Externalities are the economic equivalent of side effects. They affect daily living in ways large and small. Riding a …

Waxing Vaccinations


Scale certainly hasn’t proven beneficial for administering Covid-19 vaccinations. Large state governors are smoldering on hot seats for fumbling vaccine logistics while many small state governors are sticking it to …

Hogan’s Texas Heroes Taken by Storm


A legendary Defense Department “Whiz Kid” taught my Analytic Methods class at Harvard Kennedy School. Professor Bill Hogan’s analytic prowess often left us in the dust. During one class, we …

Herding COVID-19 Immunity Forecasts


A Wall Street Journal op ed predicts herd immunity by April. Biden is hoping for herd immunity by Christmas. Who’s right?  A boss once instructed me, “It’s complicated Dave. Don’t …

COVID-19 Treatment and Referrals: Are You Kidding Me!


California is on my mind this week. Tuesday’s Dispatch highlighted extreme pricing differences for identical procedures at California Pacific Medical Center. Today, I turn my winter gaze to Los Angeles …

Hospital Prices: Are You Kidding Me!


Maybe it’s the several feet of snow piling up on our deck that have soured my outlook on hospital pricing behaviors. Winter blizzards are one way nature reminds humans that …

Medical Schools, Heal Thyselves!


USA Today reports that medical school applications, particularly among Black and Latinx students, are up almost 20% during this pandemic year. This is wonderful news. Many applicants express a desire …

What Kind of Doctors Do We Have in the House?


My wife and I have become addicted to long-running network dramas from the early 2000s. First there was “West Wing.” Then there was “The Gilmore Girls.” And now there’s “House.” …

The Stark Difference Between Virus & Vaccine Math


It’s all in the numbers. The difference between virus and vaccine math is essential to understand the importance of public health measures in slowing disease spread and wait for herd …

Snowstorms & Apple Watch Insanity


Almost three times as much snow has landed on Chicago the last 10 days than the rest of the season combined. The latest storm, Orlena (go figure), dropped over a …