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    Innovation in Heart Failure Treatment Could Reduce Health Disparities
    A new study models hypothetical innovative treatment for heart failure, finding it could reduce disparities and generate significant health and economic benefits. More

    Accelerating Alzheimer's Disease Drug Innovations from the Research Pipeline to Patients

    A select group of patient advocates, academic researchers, payers, pharmaceutical innovators, and policymakers were brought together to discuss how to accelerate getting new drugs to patients to both treat and prevent Alzheimer's disease. More

    High-Deductible Health Plans Raise Risk of Financial Ruin for Vulnerable Americans, Study Finds
    Low-income consumers or those who are chronically ill are most at risk. More

    Global Aging and Inequality: USC Schaeffer Center Partners with the OECD and the University of Rome
    Experts will present their latest findings at a conference on April 5 in Paris. More

    How Would Health Market Changes Affect Patient Care? Trish Shares Research with Policymakers
    Trish informs policymakers at the state and federal level about market trends. More

    Study Finds Consumer Copays Frequently Exceed Cost of Common Prescriptions
    23 percent of claims analyzed involved an overpayment. More  
    Proven Savings from Pharmacy Transition-of-Care Programs
    A USC-led study projects the potential cost savings of expanding outpatient pharmacy care. More

    Schaeffer Center Research Cited in Council of Economic Advisors’ Report on Drug Pricing
    The report provides insight into the Administration's drug pricing policy agenda. More

    Schaeffer Researcher Arthur Stone Tackles the Big Question of What is the Ideal Age
    The WSJ interviews Stone about his research on well-being and age. More

    Trump Said Global Drug Pricing Isn’t Fair - Schaeffer Research Explains Why
    New white paper analyzes the global burden of medical innovation. More 

    Schaeffer Center Fellow Steven Teutsch Leads Study Panel on Alcohol-Impaired Driving
    The committee report suggests lowering the blood alcohol level for drunken driving to 0.05, instead of the current level of 0.08. More.

    Where Patients get Prescription Opioids: It’s not Where You Might Think

    Legislatures and hospitals around the country have tightened emergency room prescribing guidelines for opioids to curb the addiction epidemic, but a new USC study shows that approach diverts attention from the main sources of prescription painkillers. More.

    Access to Insurance has Broad, Positive Effects on Low-Income Children, Vulnerable Adults
    Schaeffer Center researchers reviewed over 100 studies, assessed impact along health and economic indicators. More

    Expansion of Children's Health Insurance Program Linked to Substantial Changes in Practice
    Findings suggest program funding has direct implications on new pediatricians' decisions to enter markets. More

    Money-Saving Health Plans do Little to Curb Spending on Unnecessary Medical Services
    High-deductible plans are falling short of their promises of significant savings for consumers, study finds. More

    Universal Coverage on a Budget
    A plan for healthcare reform that reins in healthcare spending and ensures all Americans are guaranteed basic protection. More

    Without a ‘Nudge,’ Old Prescribing Habits Die Hard
    Nudges needed to reduce antibiotic prescriptions. More

    Few Americans Look Into Out-of-Pocket Prices Before Receiving Care
    Just 3 percent of survey respondents compared costs among providers. More

    To Save on Prescriptions, Buy at Independent Pharmacies and Use Coupons
    Cash prices for medicines can vary widely, even within zip codes. More

    US Among the Top Nations for Healthy Aging in New Global Aging Index
    Tool that gauges the health and well-being of aging populations is created by USC and Columbia University researchers. More

    Physicians Paid Nearly the Same Under Medicare Advantage, Traditional Medicare Programs

    Although many Americans are enrolled in Medicare Advantage - the private version of Medicare, little was known about its physician reimbursement rates. USC researchers compared physician reimbursement by Medicare Advantage plans to traditional Medicare rates. More

    Look for Savings in Drug Distribution Chain, Researchers Urge
    More than 140 people attended the DC forum hosted by the Schaeffer Initiative. More

    Professor Sir Angus Deaton Testifies on the Opioid Crisis

    Opioids are a big part of the "deaths of despair" story, says Deaton. More

    Deaton Dispels the Magic of Randomized Controlled Trials at USC Lecture

    Deaton argues we need to stop expecting RCTs to deliver magical solutions. More

    A Novel Strategy for Eliminating Hepatitis C

    The approach would save money while improving access. More

    Case and Deaton say "Deaths of Despair" Data Make an Argument for Universal Coverage

    The professors presented their groundbreaking research on mortality in America. More

    Dana Goldman Receives USC Associates Award for Creativity in Research and Scholarship
    He was honored at the 36th Annual USC Academic Awards Convocation. More

    Trans Fat Bans Linked to Reduction in Heart Attack and Stroke
    A new study found New York counties that implemented restrictions on trans fats experienced a 6.2 percent decline in hospital admissions for heart attack and stroke compared to counties without restrictions in place. More

    Schaeffer Center Panel Divides Over Prospect of Medicare Drug Price Negotiation
    The U.S. political debate on pharmaceutical pricing is increasingly focused on the tradeoff between the need for innovation versus affordable access to drugs. More

    Pharmacists with Greater Role Curtail Repeat Hospital Visits

    Amid state and federal discussions to address doctor shortages, a USC-led study is part of a growing body of research indicating that an expansion of pharmacists' roles is a potential solution. More

    Valuing Cures Still Elusive According to Policymakers, Experts at DC Conference
    Experts discussed the tension of ensuring access while incentivizing cures at the event. More

    Sood's Health Research Cited in 2017 Economic Report of the President.
    The 2017 Report is the final overview of the nation's economic progress offered by the Obama administration. More

    Schaeffer Center Faculty Gives First in Series of Presentations on State-level Mental Health Care Coverage and Access
    USC researcher presents how states can make mental health resources more accessible. More

    Minorities, Latino Immigrants Face the Greatest Risk of Workplace Injuries

    Disparities in economic opportunities leads minorities to take more hazardous jobs, USC study finds More

    Community-Based Screening Programs For Chronic Conditions Show Positive Benefits, Study Finds

    Participants given new information about their health status changed their care seeking behavior More


    Privatized Version of Medicare Saves More Money than Traditional Fee-For-Service

    Medicare Advantage costs less adn improves patient outcomes, according to a USC-led study More

    Cadillac Tax is Flawed, But Fixable and Necessary, According to New Schaeffer Initiative- Urban Institute Research

    Researchers propose several modifications to improve the Cadillac Tax in new report More


    Caring for Special-Needs Children at Home Brings High Cost
    U.S. families provide nearly $36 billion annually in uncompensated medical care at home to children who have special health care needs, such as muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis, according to a large national study. More.


    Cholesterol-Fighting Drugs Lower Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

    The incidence of Alzheimer's was reduced for beneficiaries frequently prescribed statins (high users), compared to low users, researchers find More
    An Aspirin a Day Extends Life, Prevents Heart Attacks for Certain Older Americans
    The daily regimen by older patients shows multiple health benefits and a reduction in health care spending. More

    Poster Commitments Make an Impact on Antibiotic Prescribing

    Study authors assist states and clinicians across the country to implement intervention. More

    New Grant Will Advance Study of Long-Term Interventions on Type 2 Diabetes

    The $2.58 million dollar grant is from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) More

    Regulate Generics Like Utilities, Goldman Urges Panel

    Schaeffer Center director testifies before California Senate Committee on Health More 

    Schaeffer Center Leads Innovation, Disparities Conversation at DC Event

    The next Administration should prioritize increasing access to health care, especially for minorities and underserved communities More

    Specialty Drug Prices Offset Measures to Lower Medicare Patient Costs

    People who struggle to pay for their drugs may not take their medicine as prescribed, USC researchers say  More

    Cost Savings Possible from Reducing Use of Low-Value Health Services
    Spending on 28 low-value medical services totaled $32.8 million during 2013   More

    The Fight Against Zika Can’t Wait for a Vaccine (Harvard Business Review)
    We need a pandemic czar to fast-track new diagnostics.

    Schaeffer Center Post-Doctoral Fellow Receives Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles Young Investigator Award
    Barthold was selected for his research on Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and his potential to contribute significantly to the field in the future.    More

    More than a Quarter of Hospitals Have Been Cited Under Anti-Dumping Law in the Past Decade
    Study is the first to analyze longitudinal enforcement trends of EMTALA in the last decade

    Health Care Premiums Less Costly Now, Provide More Benefits than Prior to the ACA
    Contrary to conventional wisdom, ACA kept premiums lower, provides more generous coverage than absent the law   More

    National Pharmaceutical Council and Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics at the University of Southern California Name New Health Policy Fellow
    Ilene Hollin, PhD, Selected for Two-Year Fellowship in DC   More

    Spending Surge Lurks in new Projections, Medicare Actuary tells AEI/Schaeffer Initiative Briefing
    Paul Spitalnic stressed long-term concerns at a briefing of the 2016 Medicare Trustees report.    More

    Fifteen Percent of Medicare Patients go Home with Pain-Relieving Prescriptions
    Hospitals with higher rates of opioid prescription also had the best ratings for pain management, study finds   More

    Study Reveals Where Infant Deaths are Highest in the U.S.
    To reduce the mortality rate, focus should be put on infants older than a month, analysis finds  More

    Medicare Reforms Needed on Chronic Care, says Sen. Wyden at USC Schaeffer Center – Brookings Event 
    Senator Ron Wyden keynoted the launch event of the Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy.    More

    New Study Finds Pay Gaps in Physician Income by Race, Gender

    White, male physicians had an adjusted median annual income 35% higher than black male physicians according to a new study.

    Paul Ginsburg Appointed to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
    MedPAC is an agency that advises the US Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program.   More

    Graduate Students Earn Top Awards at International Pharmacoeconomics Conference
    USC students won awards for best student poster and best podium presentation.   More

    A Simple Nudge, a Powerful Response: Reducing Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing
    The Schaeffer Center is reducing antibiotic prescribing through behavioral economics.   More

    Neeraj Sood Elected to American Society of Health Economists Board of Directors
    ASHEcon is a professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in health economics research in the United States.   More

    Sticker Shock for 1 Disease’s Cure Hinders Access
    The latest drugs that treat Hep C can cure it, but their price tag hinders access.   More

    GAO Report on Retirement and Public Program Expenditures Relies on Schaeffer Center Research
    The GAO report analyzes the implications of life expectancy trends on retirement.   More

    USC Schaeffer Center Signs International Agreement to Inform Health Policy across Scores of Nations
    The Schaeffer Center, the OECD, and the University of Rome Tor Vergata have signed an agreement to develop a global aging simulation platform.   More

    Expert Testimony to California Senate Committee on Health
    Paul Ginsburg provided testimony on fostering competition in consolidated markets on March 16, 2016.   More

    Schaeffer Center Positively Impacts USC Rankings
    Partner schools continue to climb in the 2016 US News and World Report  rankings.   More

    Leonard D. Schaeffer on Payments and Policy Systems for Care Near the End of Life
    Schaeffer discusses the policies and payment systems to improve end- of-life care on ReachMD.  More

    Innovations in patient care are key to improving outcomes, national leaders find
    Pharmacists who could help those at risk are underutilized by health systems, USC professor says.   More

    Schaeffer Center Experts Quoted in Multiple New York Times articles this week
    Three journalists with The New York Times reached out to Schaeffer Center experts for insight into pressing health policy issues this week.   More

    DC Health Policy Forum focuses on shaping nation’s health care system
    The forum gave students the opportunity to delve into the intricacies of health policy.   More

    Dana Goldman Appointed to Elite Rank of USC Distinguished Professor
    The designation is reserved for those who have brought special renown to USC.   More

    A ‘Nudge’ Reduces Doctors’ Unnecessary Antibiotic Prescription, Study Find
    Socially-motivated behavioral interventions show promise.   More

    Leonard D. Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy Established; Paul Ginsburg to Lead Joint Initiative
    Trustee Leonard D. Schaeffer provides a $4 million gift to establish the Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy, a partnership between the Brookings Institution and the USC Schaeffer Center.   More

    People on high-deductible health plans aren’t better health-care shoppers
    Researchers find that having ‘skin in the game’ is not enough of an incentive to shop for less expensive care.   More

    Thomas Priselac  Sits Down for an Interview with Modern Healthcare
    Priselac provides an update on his new joint venture, Vivity alliance, and what he sees as the major issues confronting the California hospital industry.   More

    House calls program for ailing seniors saves health care dollars, study finds
    The program became more efficient as it reduced health care spending and hospitalization rates over the course of a few years.   More

    Fellowship in Health Care Policy Available through a Partnership of the National Pharmaceutical Council and the Schaeffer Center
    Applications Being Accepted Now for a Two-Year Program. The fellowship will be located at the National Pharmaceutical Council in Washington DC.   More

    Blood thinner, antidiabetic drug mix increases hospitalizations
    A blood thinner is linked to increased hospitalizations for falls, altered mental state and insulin shock for patients who also take some diabetes drugs.   More

    Kukla Vera Joins the Center as Director of External Affairs
    Kukla Vera will be joining the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics as Director of External Affairs on December 7th.   More  

    Medicare Seniors Will Live Longer But Sicker, Study Finds
    Researchers analyze concerns, trends and policy considerations critical for the sustainability of Medicare in a series of studies.   More

    Doctors who spend more on patients face lower malpractice claim risk
    Physicians who spend more money conducting tests and procedures for patients are less likely to be sued.   More

    Providing Coverage for Cardiovascular Disease in India is Cost-Effective, Finds New Study
    A new study analyses the economic and societal impact of expanding national insurance to include cardiovascular coverage.   More

    Treating 5 percent of hepatitis C patients with new drugs would reduce cost and infections, study shows
    The health care system would save more lives and money if patients were treated with the latest drugs earlier, researchers at USC and other institutions find.   More

    Health Policy Expert Paul Ginsburg Weighs in on Insurance Mergers at Senate Hearing
    USC health policy expert Paul Ginsburg, testifying before a Senate panel Sept. 22, said that health insurance mega-mergers such as those sought by Aetna and Anthem are extremely complex, difficult to analyze and could cost consumers.   More

    Patients Would Give Up Over 5 Years of Life for Easier Treatments, Study Finds
    A new study looks at the relationship between treatment burden and quality of life for individuals with CF and finds the burden of administering a treatment is a significant factor in patient preference.   More

    Schaeffer Center researchers take part in iHEA World Congress
    The Schaeffer Center’s Etienne Gaudette, Seth Seabury, and Neeraj Sood presented at the 2015 International Health Economics Association (iHEA) World Congress in Milan, Italy.   More

    Medication Adherence Can Be a Good Measure of Health Plan Quality, AJMC Study Finds
    The link between getting patients to take medication correctly and keeping down healthcare costs is strong enough that adherence is being tied to reimbursement for healthcare providers.   More

    USC Roybal Center for Health Policy Simulation renewed by NIH
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has renewed the Roybal Center for Health Policy Simulation’s funding for an additional five years.   More

    Low-Income Workers May Get Run Over by ACA’s Cadillac Tax
    An analysis by Trish and Herring finds that the Cadillac tax actually increases inequity across workers of different income levels rather than reducing it.   More

    Nobel Laureate James Heckman joins the USC Schaeffer Center
    Nobel Prize winner and economics expert James J. Heckman has joined the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics.   More

    Schaeffer faculty offer expertise on Medicare’s future at DC forum
    When the last baby boomers sign up for Medicare in 2030, they’ll have long lives ahead. A man 65 likely will live 18.3 more years and a woman 65 another 21.7 years.  Unfortunately, there’s a downside.   More

    Paul Ginsburg Appointed to the AHRQ National Advisory Council
    Paul Ginsburg, Director of Public Policy at the Schaeffer Center, has been appointed to the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).   More

    When is the Cost of Care Worth It?: Examining Treatment Costs Through a Quality-Adjusted Framework
    Darius Lakdawalla and his team of researchers established a quality-adjusted cost-of-care framework which measures increases in health care costs, offset by the value of improved health outcomes.   More

    Fixing America's Mental Healthcare System
    Seth Seabury joined The Hill​, industry, and policy leaders in a discussion on the economic and societal toll of cost-cutting policies that limit access to treatment for mentally ill patients.   More

    Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Surgery for Kidney Cancer Far Outweigh Investment Costs
    The benefits of robotically-assisted surgery for patients with kidney cancer outweigh the healthcare and surgical costs by a ratio of five to one.  This is according to new research published in Health Affairs this week.   More

    The US Hospital System May Be Outperforming Expectations
    Schaeffer Center researchers provide evidence that hospital productivity increased from 2002 to 2011, suggesting that the US health care system could be performing better than many believe.   More

    Dr. Etienne Gaudette joins the Schaeffer Center Faculty
    Dr. Gaudette joins the Schaeffer Center faculty as Assistant Research Professor in the USC Pharmacy School and Director of USC's Roybal Center for Health Policy Simulation.   More

    Physician Self-Referral: A ‘Vexing and Costly Challenge’
    In 2014 the GAO released an analysis of trends in physician self-referrals...According to the audit, in 2010 alone self-referrals of these services resulted in “increased Medicare Part B expenditures by approximately $300 million.”   More