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Reductions in Mid-Life Diabetes, Hypertension Increase Future Number of Americans with Dementia

Using large data sets and dynamic modeling, researchers find that improving cardiovascular health at middle and older ages is not enough to slow the growth in the number of older Americans with dementia further underscoring the need for treatment innovations that will delay or prevent dementia.   (more…)

Treatment-Specific Payment Approaches: The Case Of Macular Degeneration

Treatment for neovascular or wet age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) is an area where a change in Medicare Part B payment specific to this procedure has far more potential for substantial reductions in spending. (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…)

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…)

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