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Dr. Scheffler Quoted in LA Times Article on Pharma Industry’s Attempt to Undermine California’s new Drug Pricing Transparency Law

Posted on 15 Dec 2017
Petris Center Director Dr. Richard Scheffler was quoted in the article “Drug industry lawsuit shows it wants to keep patients in dark on pricing”, published today in the Los Angeles Times. The article covers Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America’s laws

New Health Affairs Blog – When Markets Are Heavily Concentrated, Managed Competition Cannot Work: Lessons From California

Posted on 05 Dec 2017
Today, Health Affairs published a new blog by Petris Center director Dr. Scheffler, entitled “When Markets Are Heavily Concentrated, Managed Competition Cannot Work: Lessons From California.” The blog is a response to Dr. Alain Enthoven, who writes that we should have R

Dr. Scheffler Interviewed on KCBS Radio about CVS-Aetna Merger

Posted on 04 Dec 2017
On December 3rd, drug retailer CVS and health insurer Aetna announced their companies’ $69-billion merger deal. Aetna’s CEO Mark Bertolini said the deal will “dramatically further empower consumers,” while Larry J. Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Health, said it will “create a platfor

Dr. Scheffler’s Letter to the Editor in the New York Times: Rising Rates of Anxiety in College Students

Posted on 30 Oct 2017
On Sunday, Dr. Scheffler’s letter to the editor was published in the New York Times Magazine. The letter was a response to the article “The Kids Who Can’t: Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?”, and discusses the skyrocketing

Insurer Market Power Lowers Hospital and Physician Payment Rates: Scheffler and Arnold’s Research featured in Open Minds

Posted on 02 Oct 2017
Dr. Scheffler and Arnold’s new research on health care market concentration was featured in Open Minds this week, which provides daily market intelligence and industry analysis for executives in behavioral health, mental health, and social services. The Open Minds piece, titled

Scheffler and Arnold Op-Ed: Corporations should act as their own insurance companies in our broken healthcare market

Posted on 26 Sep 2017
Dr. Scheffler and Dr. Arnold have a new op-ed published in the Philadelphia Inquirer and on “Corporations should act as their own insurance companies in our broken healthcare market.” The op-ed discusses the findings of their recent Health Affairs paper, “

Dr. Scheffler Talks Costs of California Single Payer Bill with Capital & Main

Posted on 15 Sep 2017
Last week, Senator Bernie Sanders unveiled a new “Medicare for All” bill with the support of 16 Democratic senators. Single-payer advocates and health-care experts say Sanders’ proposal could inject new momentum for single payer in California, where a single payer bill (SB

AirTalk Interview: Dr. Scheffler Weighs in on Bernie Sander’s Universal Healthcare Bill

Posted on 15 Sep 2017
On September 13th, Senator Bernie Sanders publicly unveiled a new version of his single-payer healthcare bill. The bill is increasingly gaining traction from prominent Democratic senators – but aside from political debate, what does universal health care need to succeed in Ameri

Scheffler and Arnold’s Research Featured Widely in Industry Media

Posted on 13 Sep 2017
Dr. Scheffler and Dr. Arnold’s new study, “Insurer Market Power Lowers Prices In Numerous Concentrated Provider Markets”, was featured widely across industry media following its publication in Health Affairs last week. Read more at the following links: Becker’s Hospi

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