A friend is noted by the blogosphere today

During the six nice years I taught at Michigan, I would take a coffee break most mornings to schmooze with my colleague Michael Chernew. His widely-recognized work with colleagues on value-based insurance design plays an important part in health reform and in the design of private wellness efforts. He’s now a member of the Institute of Medicine and has won many other honors.

Austin Frakt and Ezra Klein quote him extensively today on some issues related to accountable care organizations and Medicare policy. Michael’s Congressional testimony from May 5 merits the praise, as does this Health Affairs piece on Massachusetts private payer innovations.

We’ve both wandered to different pastures. Life moves on. I do miss those Mountain Dew health economics seminars from a real master.

Author: Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He has served on three expert committees of the National Academies of Science. His recent research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, and American Journal of Public Health. He writes regularly on HIV prevention, crime and drug policy, health reform, and disability policy for American Prospect, tnr.com, and other news outlets. His essay, "Lessons from an Emergency Room Nightmare" was selected for the collection The Best American Medical Writing, 2009. He recently participated, with zero critical acclaim, in the University of Chicago's annual Latke-Hamentaschen debate.

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