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A Good Deal For Eliminating Hepatitis C: Saving Money And Lives

Hepatitis C kills more than 20,000 Americans each year. A recent consensus committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine proposed a novel strategy to improve access to hepatitis C medicines. (more…)

The Essential Scan: Top Findings in Health Policy Research | Edition 15

What’s the latest in health policy research? The Essential Scan, produced by the Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy, aims to help keep you informed on the latest research and what it means for policymakers. (more…)

To Promote Stability in Health Insurance Exchanges, End the Uncertainty Around Cost-Sharing and Other Rules

While it is unclear whether the changes included in the CMS rule will have a small positive or negative impact on market stability, it is clear that the impact pales in comparison to the instability caused by the lack of commitment to fund the ACA’s cost-sharing reduction subsidies or to enforce the individual mandate. (more…)

Q&A with USC School of Pharmacy PhD Candidate Sang Cho

Meet Sang Cho, a USC School of Pharmacy PhD candidate in Health Economics, who served as business analyst on a USC Viterbi School of Engineering team that won first place in USC’s Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition.   (more…)

How Should The Trump Administration Handle Medicare’s New Bundled Payment Programs?

There is room to modify the bundled payment models to address concerns raised by Secretary Price and others without damaging the integrity of the models. (more…)

How Expanding the Role of Pharmacists Lowered Readmissions and Costs in one California Community

Technology and data can help pharmacists provide services required to manage life-long, outpatient drug therapies. (more…)

The Essential Scan: Top Findings in Health Policy Research | Edition 14

What’s the latest in health policy research? The Essential Scan, produced by the Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy, aims to help keep you informed on the latest research and what it means for policymakers. (more…)

Education Improves Some Aspects Of Health But May Worsen Others

We study how secondary education affects different dimensions of health in middle age. A policy change in England, Wales, and Scotland that increased the minimum school-leaving age from 15 to 16 years old improved health by reducing body fat and lung conditions, but it also increased blood pressure. (more…)

New Changes to Essential Benefits in the GOP Health Bill Could Jeopardize Protections Against Catastrophic Costs, Even for People with Job-Based Coverage

Weakening essential health benefit standards could also have important negative consequences for the coverage offered by employers of all sizes because it would weaken the ACA’s guarantee of protection against catastrophic costs. (more…)

Tackling the Opioid Crisis with Compassion, New Ways to Reduce Use and Treatment

We discuss how we arrived at the current opioid crisis, policies that have been tried thus far, and options to address the crisis moving forward. (more…)

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