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Follow The Money: The Flow Of Funds In The Pharmaceutical Distribution System

Any government intervention to control drug pricing should be predicated on a clear understanding of the economic forces that drive price increases, and the parties responsible for them. (more…)

Why Academics Consulting with Industry on Health Care May be an Idea Whose Time has Come

At a time of deep political division, an academic approach to policy making has never been more important. (more…)

Election verdict: Pharma Needs a New Prescription

Dana Goldman and Darius Lakdawalla provide a policy prescription list for the pharmaceutical industry aimed at improving access for patients today without discouraging investments into tomorrow’s medical innovations.  (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…)

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…)

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…)

Medicare’s Big Fat Problem, Fiscal and Otherwise

Co-Authors: Dana Goldman, Bryan Tysinger, and Alwyn Cassil

You can’t draw a straight line between growing Medicare spending and expanding American waistlines. But policymakers would be wise to keep both in mind as they ponder how to pay for the health care of 75-million-plus baby boomers who likely will live longer in worse health thanks to rising rates of chronic conditions, (more…)

The US Hospital System May Be Outperforming Expectations

In a new Health Affairs article released in February, Schaeffer Center researchers provide evidence that hospital productivity increased from 2002 to 2011, suggesting that the US health care system could be performing better than many believe.  John Romley, Research Assistant Professor at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health (more…)

Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Surgery for Kidney Cancer Far Outweigh Investment Costs

The benefits of robotically-assisted surgery for patients with kidney cancer outweigh the healthcare and surgical costs by a ratio of five to one. This is according to new research published in Health Affairs(more…)

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