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The Evidence Base on occasion publishes blog posts from guest contributors, that is, contributors who themselves are not directly part of the Center for Economic and Social Research or the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. For convenience, these posts are grouped under a single guest contributor; where each post indicates the blog author(s) at the top.

Articles

States Have Already tried Trump’s Healthcare Order. It went Badly.

Like many appealing ideas, this one, proposed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), has hidden land mines that are already well-mapped out based on previous failed attempts to enact them, even in Paul’s home state of Kentucky. (more…)

Trends in the Prevalence of Cognitive Impairment and Dementia among Older Latino Adults.

Given the demographic changes occurring in the US, understanding the health problems that are affecting older Latinos is of increasing importance. (more…)

Understanding human health-related behavior in real time

This post discusses using transdisciplinary alliances to create innovative modes of data collection and new, dynamic computational models health-related behavior in real time.

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Rerandomization: What is it and why should you use it for random assignment?

In this post, we explain the rerandomization procedure and provide an example to illustrate its benefits.  This topic will be of interest primarily to those involved with RCTs, and those interested in a relatively new, advantageous, and intuitive method for randomizing units into treatment groups.

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Changes to State Innovation Waivers in the Senate Health Bill Undermine Coverage and Open the Door to Misuse of Federal Funds

Under current law, section 1332 provides broad flexibility for states to waive key ACA provisions so long as health coverage is not jeopardized and federal deficits not increased. The changes in the Senate bill would upset this structure. (more…)

CESR Conference on Polygenic Prediction and its Application in the Social Sciences

The Center for Economic and Social Research at USC hosted the largest conference ever convened on the use of genetic data in the social sciences. More than 90 researchers from a wide range of disciplines discussed how polygenic scores (measures constructed from genetic variants across the genome) help predict behavioral traits.

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The Hollowing Out of US Democracy

In this post, Peter Levine summarizes the discussion during his recent brown bag at CESR on “The Hollowing Out of Democracy,” including concerns about Civic Deserts and the need for more organizations with SPUD (Scale, Pluralism, Unity, Depth).

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Value-Based Pricing For Pharmaceuticals In The Trump Administration

The change in administration is an opportune moment for CMS to assume a leadership role with respect to value-based pricing.  (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…)

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