Author: Avalon Health Economics LLC

CEO John Schneider presents at Barclays HealthCare Symposium
November 23, 2015 - 12:05 pm, by
CEO John Schneider presented at the Barclays HealthCare Symposium on 11/20 on the topic of Increasing Need to Demonstrate Economic Value in Medtech.
Reference Pricing for in vivo and in vitro Diagnostic Tests
November 16, 2015 - 3:20 pm, by
Prices in health care vary widely even within the same local market and for similar tests and treatments. This reflects differences among providers in their ability and willingness to leverage bargaining power against private insurers. For their part, consumers and patients often have been indifferent to price since they have been well covered by insurance....
Purchasing Medical Innovation: The Implications for the Medical Device Industry
October 13, 2015 - 3:17 pm, by
In an earlier blog, we reviewed the recent book by one of Avalon’s directors, James Robinson. Robinson’s book, entitled “Purchasing Medical Innovation: The Right Technology, for the Right Patient, at the Right Price” seeks to unpack the often precarious relationships among medical device makers, the purchasers of those devices, the insurers, who are often the...
Avalon’s Ivana Stojanovic will be attending the AdvaMed 2015 Med Tech Conference next week in San Diego, CA
October 1, 2015 - 12:04 pm, by
The annual AdvaMed Med Tech Conference is the leading MedTech Conference in North America, bringing more than 1,000 companies together to exchange knowledge and ideas on business development, capital formation, economic evaluation, pricing and reimbursement, educational opportunities and networking. Please let us know if you like to meet and discuss your health economics needs. To...
Physician Shortages in the U.S.: Disentangling Myth, Folklore, and Fact
September 14, 2015 - 3:14 pm, by
Much of the public media and even a substantial part of the medical literature operates on the assumption that there is a shortage of physicians in the U.S., including those specializing in primary care, intensive care, and surgery. One study, for example, estimated that the physician shortfall in the U.S. would reach 90,000 by 2025.[1]...
Controlling the Costs of Clinical Laboratory Testing in Medical Practice
August 20, 2015 - 3:08 pm, by
Today’s clinical laboratory can do much more than you think. Advances in molecular diagnostics, genetics and biomarkers have ushered in a new era of clinical laboratory capabilities. Along with these advances, however, are higher laboratory expenditures. The U.S. Medicare program spent $6.5 billion annually on laboratory in 2006. By 2010, the program was spending $8.2...
Fad Diets and Nutrition: What’s all the Fuss about Gluten?
August 13, 2015 - 3:03 pm, by
In recent years, the food industry has seen a boom in the “free from” category, including a myriad of ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, toxic pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics, and GMOs. One such product that has been particularly demonized recently is gluten. Celebrities from Miley Cyrus to former president Bill Clinton...
Avalon Health Economics at the European Congress of ISPOR, Milan, Italy
August 11, 2015 - 12:02 pm, by
Avalon Health Economics will be presenting in several venues at the 18th Annual European Congress of the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) in Milan, 7-11 November 2015 at the Milano Congressi (MiCo ). The Avalon presentations include: (1) teaching the first ISPOR short course on the Economics of Diagnostics; (2) moderating an...
Avalon at ISPOR: John Schneider, Cara Scheibling, and Ivana Stojanovic will be attending the annual meeting of the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research in Philadelphia this week, 5/16 – 5/20
May 14, 2015 - 11:50 am, by
Avalon at ISPOR: John Schneider, Cara Scheibling, and Ivana Stojanovic will be attending the annual meeting of the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research in Philadelphia this week, May 16 through May 20. The title of this year’s meeting is “Integrating Big Data, Patient Data, and Cost-Effectiveness into Clinical Practice: Promise and Prospects.” If...
The New Era of Cost Control in Healthcare: What Should you look for in a Health Economics and Outcomes Research Consultant?
May 12, 2015 - 2:58 pm, by
In recent years, there has been a small but measurable slowdown in the rate of increase in health expenditures, both here in the U.S. and abroad. The slowdown is largely attributable to a higher level of commitment on the part of payers to increase enrollee cost sharing and control access to high cost treatments.[1-3] If...