EPoD News

As a Proton Therapy Center Closes, Some See it as a Sign

As a Proton Therapy Center Closes, Some See it as a Sign

September 18, 2014

By Jaimy Lee - Modern Healthcare

... “I look at this closure as a sign that insurers are finally empowered to say this is a dubious medical technology” in the treatment of patients with prostate cancer, said Amitabh Chandra, director of health policy research at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. “The 'build it and they will come' philosophy around these centers is being questioned.”

Tax Compliance and Social Acclaim

Tax Compliance and Social Acclaim

September 15, 2014

By Mushfiq Mobarak - Livemint

There is significant potential for improving revenue collection through social recognition programmes.

High rates of economic growth, in-migration and urbanization have stressed the ageing infrastructure of Bangladesh. Firm production is regularly disrupted by power outages, and Dhaka, the epicentre of economic activity, is rated as one of the most unlivable cities in the world.

How to Prioritize U.N. Goals

How to Prioritize U.N. Goals

September 10, 2014

By ABHIJIT BANERJEE and VARAD PANDE - New York Times

Cambridge, Mass. — In France, children grow up hearing the story of the 100 times good cake: A cat and a dog preparing a cake start from the idea that if the cake has 100 delicious ingredients, it will be “100 times good.” So they make a cake with strawberries and cream, garlic and pepper (and throw in a mouse and some bones for good measure) — with predictable consequences.

Massachusetts health spending hits below target

Massachusetts health spending hits below target

September 2, 2014

By Melanie Evans - Modern Healthcare 

...Still, the report shows the tepid growth benefited consumers. Premiums for commercial insurance in Massachusetts did not change last year, nor did the benefits included in health plans, the report said. In previous years, consumers paid more and received less than they did the year before. The amount paid by commercially insured patients from their own pockets in form of co-pays, deductibles, and coinsurance, also remained unchanged from 2012.

8 facts that explain what’s wrong with American health care

8 facts that explain what’s wrong with American health care

September 2, 2014

By Sarah Kliff - Vox

"I'm always amazed at these conversations I have with physicians," says Amitabh Chandra, a health economist at Harvard. "They'll openly say that about 50 percent of what happens in medicine is waste, but it's hard to always know which care was wasteful and which wasn't."

The Youngest are Hungriest

The Youngest are Hungriest

August 8, 2014

By Rohini Pande - The New York Times

WHY are Indian children so short?
Over 40 percent of those 5 and under are stunted — meaning they are in the bottom 2 to 3 percent of the worldwide height distribution for their age and sex — and this rate has improved only modestly since the 1990s. Childhood malnutrition, which causes stunting, blights lives; millions will be permanently affected by poor health and cognitive deficits.

As Millions Of People Fast For Ramadan, Does The Economy Suffer?

As Millions Of People Fast For Ramadan, Does The Economy Suffer?

July 24, 2014

By Shankar Vedantam - NPR

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: And we are approaching the end of Ramadan, the holy month where Muslims fast from dawn to sunset. The fact that hundreds of millions of people around the world go without food all day has drawn the attention of another group of people - social scientists. To learn what they discovered, our David Greene sat down with NPR's social science correspondent, Shankar Vedantam. DAVID GREENE, BYLINE: OK, Shankar, so explain to us exactly what social scientists were studying here.

Measuring Ramadan

Measuring Ramadan

July 11, 2014

By FILIPE R. CAMPANTE and DAVID YANAGIZAWA-DROTT - New York Times

WE are in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. During this time, as prescribed by one of the five “pillars,” or obligations, that make up the foundation of Muslim life, hundreds of millions of followers are abstaining from eating and drinking (and a host of other activities, like smoking and sex) between dawn and sunset.