Evidence Development & Decision Science

The systematic production and application of medical knowledge to clinical practice. LDI Senior Fellows analyze the process by which data affect coverage and clinical decisions, and conducts comparative effectiveness and cost effectiveness studies.

Medicare Advantage to Whom?

Mar. 27, 2014

In a new NBER working paper, LDI Senior Fellows Mark Duggan, Amanda Starc and Boris Vabson ask the question, “Who Benefits when the Government Pays More? Pass-Through in the Medicare Advantage Program.”  Their answer is unequivocal:  mostly insurers (in the form of higher profits), not consumers (in the form of better coverage). They set the stage:

Effects of Conflict-of-Interest Policies in Psychiatry Residency on Antidepressant Prescribing

Issue Brief
Jan. 15, 2013

This Issue Brief examines how COI policies affect the prescribing patterns of antidepressants, one of the most heavily promoted drug classes in the past decade. As such, it provides the first empirical evidence of the effects of COI policies in residency on the subsequent prescribing patterns of practicing physicians.