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Is investing in research to delay aging of value today?

The time is ripe for a new frontier in medicine. (more…)

Economic Aspects of the Opioid Crisis

USC Presidential Professor and Nobel laureate Sir Angus Deaton testified before the Joint Economic Committee of the US Congress on economics and the opioid crisis on June 8, 2017.  This post is his prepared remarks. (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…)

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…)

What Medicare Advantage’s Success in Delivering Post-Acute Care Means for Medicare Reform

A recent study found Medicare Fee-for-Service and Medicare Advantage patients have hospitalization and post-hospitalization costs and outcomes that are generally different. How do these outcomes translate to policy recommendations? (more…)

Measuring Value in Clinical Trials: Patient Preference Doesn’t Equal Average Survival

Though clinical trials most often rely on average survival rates as measures of value, these are not synonymous indicators. New research by the Schaeffer Center finds additional factors may weigh in patient’s treatment choice.  (more…)

Hooked in Hospitals: Many Medicare Patients Received First Painkillers There

Understanding the context of opioid providing, provider patterns, and patient behavior is the first step to developing policies that will adequately halt this pressing public health crisis. Two studies co-written by Schaeffer Center researchers analyze this context within the Medicare population. (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…)

Schaeffer Center Experts Quoted in Multiple New York Times Articles this Week

Research conducted by the Schaeffer Center has salience in the media (more…)

Predicting the Economic Impact of Changes to Population Health

So much of health care policy is decided by the science of the educated guess, with “what-if” forecasts at the heart of any analysis. (more…)

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