Who wants to take a field trip to Best Buy in November? Word is, their new in-store sale centers for OTC will be up and running by then. The New York Times wonders how hearing aid dependent audiology practices will adjust to the pivot to selling hearing aid support for equipment purchased elsewhere. I do as well. Might their resources be turned to helping more intensively those beyond mild to moderate hearing loss — the target demographic for OTC hearing aids? The hearing aid industry is ripe for disruption in the moderate to severe hearing loss group as well.
Brad DeLong’s Slouching Toward Utopia Breaks the NYT Best Seller List for Non-Fiction
OTC Hearing Aids: Let the Industry Disruption Commence
Those with mild to moderate hearing loss will lead the way, when we see a spike in OTC hearing aid sales in sixty days. You heard it here.
Talking About the Medicare Prescription Drug Reform Baked in the IRA
You can find me here.
Cheers For the Naloxone Bike!
The Naloxone Bike makes a difference, both in education about the administration of Naloxone and in the dangers of recreational drug use in a society awash with Fentanyl and unknowing Fentanyl consumers.
Certificates of Public Advantage
It has taken a while, but the FTC has spoken out against the anti-competitive effects of Certificates of Public Advantage Laws, those state laws that extend an antitrust shield to merging acute care hospital entities seeking to merge or affiliate in the name of the greater good. COPAs are beyond having a moment and have, over the past few decades, become decidedly fashionable. In light of this, the FTC’s bottom line that the states should stop, turn about face, and repeal these statutes seems curiously pie in the sky. Are COPAs the source of rising health costs and declining competition in the acute care hospital sector or an attempt at a quasi-regulatory fix?
Brad DeLong’s Take on the Modern World
Paul Krugman frames the questions and surveys the book well here: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/28/opinion/technology-progress-innovation-satisfaction.html
Is Our Baby Formula Shortage a Concentration Story?
Yes, at least in part. Now we will have to decide if state by state sole source contracting for WIC enrollees is also problematic.
Missouri’s Abortion Trigger Statute
You can find me discussing Missouri’s abortion trigger statute here.
Increasing Diversity in Medical Schools
This is both a heartening and disheartening overview of how we have only five percent of American doctors who are black. Both an over-reliance on historically black colleges to feed the pipeline and a tragically slow effort to support diverse students interested in medicine from the earliest school grades have produced some resulting increase in black doctors, but arguably disappointing results.