COVID-19 and Nursing Homes: Understanding State-Level Variation

Nursing homes have borne the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic, but recently released data show that the severity of outbreaks in these facilities has varied substantially across the United States. Some have argued that policy decisions have driven the variation in outcomes observed in nursing homes, while a competing theory is that nursing home outbreaks largely mirror the surrounding area.

Progressivity, Redistribution, and Inequality

Last October, a new controversy erupted over the progressivity of the American tax system. The brouhaha was prompted by a new book, The Triumph of Injustice, by economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman. In it, the authors claim that the highest-earning Americans’ tax rate has fallen below everyone else’s.

Maybe Every Good Turn Deserves A Tax Break

“The result of those changes is a 4 percent dip in total charitable giving, and, ‘for middle- to upper-middle-income tax filers, the doubling of the standard deduction is responsible for nearly all the change in giving,’ Alex Brill and Derrick Choe, both of the American Enterprise Institute, explained in a 2018 analysis.”

COVID-19 and Nursing Homes: Examining New National Data

The first widely reported COVID-19 deaths in the United States were nursing home patients in Washington State on February 28. Numerous accounts of similar outbreaks soon followed, including 47 deaths at a nursing home in Minnesota (as of April 30), 54 deaths at a nursing home in Massachusetts (as of May 4), and 81 deaths at a facility in New Jersey (as of May 27).

Shared Savings Models Could Yield Part B Savings

“The establishment of a shared savings model has the potential to increase health care savings, biologic competition, and biosimilar utilization if implemented in Medicare Part B, according to Alex Brill, founder of Matrix Global Advisors (MGA) and a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), who makes the case in a new research paper.”

New MGA Report on a Medicare Shared Savings Demonstration for Biosimilars

Matrix Global Advisors (MGA) today released a new report, “Shared Savings Demonstration for Biosimilars in Medicare: An Opportunity to Promote Biologic Drug Competition,” by MGA founder and CEO Alex Brill. The report identifies a unique opportunity in Medicare Part B to boost biosimilar utilization through the establishment of a shared savings demonstration model administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Center.