We are late to the party in celebration of Medicare’s 50th year.
Naturally, some people know how to celebrate, with Fox Business picking up this post from Motley Fool,
“It Could Be Time To Say Bye-Bye To Medicare”. Nonsense. It’s time to get honest and serious and to fix things. Which isn’t easy, but it is worth trying. Like Mr. Bush did with Florida’s Medicaid program: Florida says privatizing Medicaid cut costs, but insurers say they’re underpaid by state (Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article27532903.html#storylink=cpy).
Those insurers are, of course, many of the same players in the larger Medicare market. KFF does a great job discussing this here http://kff.org/medicare/issue-brief/medicare-advantage-2015-spotlight-enrollment-market-update/. We selected our August chart of the month from the article.
The article highlights the market size of the biggest players and as we know they are likely to be the new big 3 – United, Anthem, Aetna by the end of 2016 or so.
Speaking of meetings, we are off at the end of this week to the Joint Statistical Meetings in Seattle, the annual get together of the American Statistical Association. I have been a member of this great organization for 23 years and enjoyed their many fine publications and journals. But this is my first JSM and I am really looking forward to it. And of course, Seattle itself. I plan to come back with a head full of ideas and thoughts in statistics, data science and health care to share with you.
We wrapped up the two Data Science classes on Coursera, Getting and Cleaning Data, and Exploratory Data Analysis. Both of these jammed a lot of content into just four weeks and were a great aid at keeping me working in R. The class for August (one at a time from now on!) is Reproducible Research.
There is a lot more I want to bring to this site—obviously the entire Resource section is still missing!—but I have been working on some really great projects. Please feel free to leave us your ideas and let us know what kind of resources you could use.
Jesse Sharp is an expert in the analysis of health care data. Passionate about data and the ethics of analysis he writes on topics related to medicine, public health and statistics. More...