By Erik Goldman, Editor in Chief
Like clowns at children’s birthday parties, there’s a whole cadre of healthcare policy professionals who ply a statistical version of balloon-twisting
They take claims data sets and twist them into forms that purport to be evidence-based pictures of the medical system. By extension, these statistical balloon-twisters are tweaking the lives of actual practitioners and patients because federal healthcare programs and private insurers use these statistical balloon animals to shape and re-shape healthcare payment systems.
When the balloon doggie pops–and it turns out the statistics are wrong–the tears start to flow.