A New Look at an Old Question: Does Where You Live Influence Your Body Weight?

Does where you live influence your weight? A panel study of Military Teenagers (MTEENS) finds that what parents have available at home may make a bigger impact.


Can Shopping Around for Prescriptions Save Money?

Research conducted by USC Price MPP students found huge variation in prescription drug prices when shopping around at pharmacies in the LA area.  Based on their experience, they recommend four strategies consumers should use to get the lowest price. (more…)

Affordable Care Act Premiums are Lower Than You Think

Though news stories have focused on premium increases, analysis shows the ACA marketplaces have been successful in lowering premiums for consumers while simultaneously providing better insurance. This blog post is part of the Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy, a collaboration between the Brookings Institution and the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics. (more…)

The Gateway to Global Aging

The Gateway to Global Aging is a platform for population survey data on aging around the world. This site offers a digital library of survey questions, a search for finding comparable questions across surveys, and identically defined variables for cross-country analysis.


What will happen when PCPs are paid like Quarterbacks?

As payment models move towards non-fee-for-service systems, primary care providers will increasingly be positioned as the quarterbacks for the healthcare team. Guest contributors Bob Kocher and Anuraag Chigurupati discuss what this change means for specialists, hospitals, and health systems. (more…)

Gender Gap Persists Above Shattered Glass Ceiling

The gender pay gap not only continues after the corporate world’s glass ceiling has shattered, but evidence points to larger gender disparities at executive levels than at working-class jobs.  These findings underline the importance of transparency in the processes of setting corporate compensation. (more…)

5 Takeaways from the 2016 Medicare Trustees Report

Alice Rivlin and Loren Adler outline five major takeaways from the 2016 Medicare Trustees Report. This blog post is part of the Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy, a collaboration between the Brookings Institution and the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics.   (more…)

Health Affairs Study On Hospital Profitability Gives Us Some Important Factors To Watch Going Forward

A recent Health Affairs study on the profitability of hospitals points to a small number of factors that we should pay attention to as we think about how to restructure our health care system to improve its economic performance.  (more…)

A crisis of development? The unintended consequences of refugee aid

June 20th marked World Refugee Day; this year, the number of displaced people in the world has reached a record 65.3 million, of which 12.5 million are Syrian. The refugee crisis in Europe has rightly drawn attention and financial assistance from the west. However, is it at the cost of traditional international development and its accountability mechanisms? (more…)

Making Better Antibiotic Prescribing Decisions

More effective solutions to curb antibiotic prescribing should take into account that doctors are human beings and subject to the same biases in decision-making as the rest of us. Jason Doctor discusses a few nudges that work. (more…)

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