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Today's work count is 898, or ~3 minutes.
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The White House is eyeing a proposal that would try to identify early warning signs of violent behavior in people with mental illness, the Washington Post reports.
Why it matters: As we've written time and again, most mentally ill people are not violent, and the majority of mass shooters have not been diagnosed with a mental illness.
The big picture: This proposal is part of a larger push to create a new agency called the Health Advanced Research Projects Agency, or HARPA. It would be modeled on DARPA, the research arm of the Pentagon.
Details: The mental-illness proposal would use artificial intelligence to try to identify changes in someone's mental state that could make that person more likely to become violent.
Yes, but: AI excels at identifying hidden patterns in huge amounts of data, and has been used before to help identify mental conditions — like finding the imperceptible vocal qualities that might suggest depression, Axios' Kaveh Waddell writes.
There's a lot of skepticism about whether making prices more transparent will do anything to lower them, but there ways to maximize the odds, Gilbert Benavidez and Austin Frakt write in JAMA Forum.
Driving the news: Both the Trump administration and Congress are pushing pricing transparency measures, banking on the idea that if consumers know how much health care services cost, they'll opt for the cheaper ones.
The other side: Other incentives, when paired with transparency, actually do get people to shop for cheaper care.
The bottom line: Getting the incentives right is important, but so far transparency is being pushed as a standalone approach.
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Buying a new car every year would be a very impractical expense. It would also be cheaper than a year's worth of health care for a family, the Kaiser Family Foundation's Drew Altman writes in today's column.
Why it matters: The cost-shifting and complexity of health insurance can hide its high cost, which crowds out families' other needs and depresses workers’ wages.
By the numbers: Health care for a family covered by a large employer cost, on average, $22,885 last year.
Between the lines: Roughly $15,000 of that $22,885 comes from employers' contribution to their workers’ premiums.
As health care costs continue to rise, they'll be comparable to even fancier cars. They're already inching up toward the cheapest Cadillac — a familiar car metaphor.
HHS yesterday proposed making it easier for doctors to coordinate the care of people with substance or opioid use disorder.
What they're saying: "This was all well-meaning," HHS Secretary Alex Azar said of the confidentiality rules, per AP.
The health care system loves to hate "fee-for-service," in which hospitals and doctors get paid for every test, procedure and service they provide.
Reality check: Fee-for-service still isn't remotely close to going away, Axios' Bob Herman writes.
The latest case in point: Advocate Aurora Health, the large hospital system based in Illinois and Wisconsin, released financial documents yesterday showing its "capitation" revenue dropped by $25 million in its latest quarter.