Since its establishment in 2009, the USC Schaeffer Center has spurred evidence-based research and analysis informing lawmakers, government agencies and the private sector on today’s pressing health policy issues (noted above). Schaeffer Center work is published in academic journals, white paper series and issue briefs, and Center experts are frequently called upon to provide advisement to policymakers, public testimony on salient issues and comment in the media. Committed to disseminating findings to a wide audience, the Center holds conferences and seminars in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and other cities, promoting dialogue and innovative approaches to the healthcare challenges facing the nation.
Schaeffer impact spans the health policy spectrum, including these examples:
- A Prescription for Antibiotic Overuse To help save lives and resources, Jason Doctor leads research efforts using behavioral economics to prompt physicians toward appropriate prescribing.
- Healthcare Reform and the Affordable Care Act During spring and summer 2017, the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy responded in real time with in-depth analysis of the flurry of proposals and amendments being considered by Congress, providing reliable and informative insights into the rapidly changing status of repeal efforts on the Hill.
- Reining in Pharmaceutical Costs Without Risking Innovation Schaeffer Center research leads the way in providing evidence-based solutions for controlling the spiral of drug prices as well as working to build the political consensus necessary to realize them.
- Redefining Value in Cancer Care A series of research papers on new methods and approaches for thinking about serious illness out of the Schaeffer Center. Schaeffer experts provide insights to public and private-sector leaders on new payment models to increase access to innovative – and expensive – cures.