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Ep. 66 Cardiology Health Policy: The Clinicians Strike Back

Rishi Wadhera, MD

Bright clinicians who are also trained as rigorous scientists can put healthcare policy under scrutiny and show that the wisdom of the wonks frequently falls short.  Our guest on this episode is Dr. Rishi Wadhera, a prolific cardiology fellow currently in training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and part of a team of health policy investigators at the Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology.  Dr. Wadhera obtained his medical degree from the Mayo Clinic, a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Cambridge, and a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  He joins us to discuss 2 of his most recent papers which have made a big splash in the media.


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Wadhera RK, et al. Association of State Medicaid Expansion With Quality of Care and Outcomes for Low-Income Patients Hospitalized With Acute Myocardial Infarction. (in JAMA Cardiology, January 2019)

Wadhera RK, et al. Temporal Trends in Unstable Angina Diagnosis Codes for Outpatient Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (in JAMA Internal Medicine, February 2019)

Christian A. McNeely and David L. Brown. Gaming, Upcoding, Fraud, and the Stubborn Persistence of Unstable Angina (editorial commentary in JAMA Internal Medicine, February 2019).


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