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The Prescription Drugs That Poor People Aren’t Buying

Feb 8, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

The Prescription Drugs That Poor People Aren’t Buying Recently, the New York Times reported on a study illustrating the relationship between rates of prescription medication fills with neighborhood income for different categories of medications. It is probably not a surprise that those in wealthier neighborhoods fill more prescriptions. Contrary to the title of the New [...]

They lost the weight … why didn’t productivity increase?

Jan 24, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

It is pretty well known that poor health is related to lost productivity. And the links between unhealthy body weight—particularly obesity—and poor health are stronger still. Although the relationships between obesity, disease, and productivity are complex, combining these two simple ideas gives a pretty straightforward model of how obesity may contribute to more absenteeism and [...]

Employees describe the productivity benefits of sick leave

Jan 23, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

After a New York Times article proclaimed "The Death of the Sick Day," many readers described their own experiences of working while sick. While not a scientifically collected sample, the responses give important insights into the reasons why employees don't take time off from work:  they don’t want to burden their colleagues, be perceived as [...]

More evidence for the long-term impact of hospitalization

Jan 7, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Last month, IBI highlighted a study showing that productivity losses do not end when a hospitalized employee is discharged. Depending on the quality of care received, a hospitalization could impact an employee's earning capacity for the next three years. The study (co-authored by Thomas Parry Fellow Adelina Wang of Stanford University) focused on the experiences [...]

Improved productivity contributes to assessments of pharmaceutical value

Nov 12, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) is a non-profit organization that weighs the costs of prescription drugs against their clinical and social value. Their method is complex, but essentially it designates drugs as "high value" if they deliver an additional, quality-adjusted life year (QALY) for less than $50,000, and "low value" if the [...]

Use timing and modeling to target RTW resources

Nov 8, 2018|Categories: Article, Blog, Research|Tags: , , |

When should disability case managers begin return-to-work (RTW) efforts for short-term disability (STD) claims? IBI worked with Mathematica Policy Research on a report for the Social Security Administration showing that disability case management strategies can target return-to-work resources more efficiently through a combination of timing and data modeling. The analysis--published in the Journal of Occupational [...]