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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…)

A Medication Lock-In Program May Not Be the Easy Solution to the Opioid Abuse Epidemic That Congress Thinks It Is

According to the CDC, in 2010 enough opioid pain relievers were sold to (more…)

The Baby Boomers Will Shift the Health Status of the Medicare Population

A Typical Medicare Recipient in 2030

A new study by Schaeffer Center researchers Etienne Gaudette, Bryan Tysinger, and Dana Goldman predicts significant changes in the average future Medicare recipient. (more…)

For Vulnerable Populations, the Medicare Part D Doughnut Hole Disrupts Medication Adherence

During the annual Medicare Open Enrollment period, senior citizens (more…)

Four Evidence-Based Strategies to Improve Medicare

Medicare has undoubtedly helped millions of seniors and disabled adults receive health coverage since being signed into law in 1965.  Today, Medicare covers 55 million beneficiaries across the US. In the coming decades though, Medicare (more…)

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