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Dr. Arnold Quoted in East Bay Express Article “Surviving in a Hospital Desert”

Posted on 18 Jul 2018
Petris Center Research Director Dr. Daniel Arnold was quoted in the East Bay Express’ July 11th article, “Surviving in a Hospital Desert.” The article explores the impending closure of emergency services at Alta Bates in Berkeley and the consequences it has for commu

Petris Director Dr. Scheffler’s Analysis Featured in SF Chronicle Article Discussing the Shelving of SB538

Posted on 27 Jun 2018
Although the bill was withdrawn, state Sen. Bill Monning’s SB538 aimed to end the “all-or-nothing” contracting practice in hospital consolidation, which effectively grants large health systems and their affiliates greater power to set regional prices. Petris Director

Dr. Richard Scheffler quoted in Commonwealth Blog “AT&T, Time Warner, and the Future of Health Care”

Posted on 22 Jun 2018
On June 12th, a federal district court approved the the blockbuster merger between AT&T and Time Warner, rebuffing the government’s effort to stop the $85.4 billion deal. This decision is widely expected to encourage similar mergers throughout the US economy. Commonwealth Fund Pre

Petris Director Dr. Scheffler Testifies at California Department of Insurance Hearing on Proposed Aetna-CVS merger

Posted on 21 Jun 2018
On June 19th, Petris Center Director Dr. Richard Scheffler testified at the California Department of Insurance’s public hearing regarding the proposed Aetna-CVS merger. The hearing’s purpose was to examine the potential competitive effects of the proposed merger. Dr. Schef

Annual Health Policy PhD Award Created in Dr. Richard Scheffler’s Name

Posted on 16 May 2018
The University of California, Berkeley, has launched an annual award to recognize the best PhD paper in health policy and economics. The award is named the “Richard M. Scheffler Prize in Health Economics”, in honor of Petris Center Director Richard Scheffler’s distin

Petris Center Research Cited in New Los Angeles Times Article on the Potential Impacts of AG Becerra’s Lawsuit Against Sutter

Posted on 16 May 2018
The Los Angeles Times published an article covering the potential impacts of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s complaint against Sutter Health for “anticompetitive business practices.” The article, entitled “California Hospital Giant Sutter Health Faces Heavy Ba

Petris Center Report Featured by UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Posted on 07 May 2018
A recent study from the Petris Center was just featured on the UC Berkeley School of Public Health’s website. The study analyzed the relationship between market concentration and health care procedure prices, as well as Affordable Care Act premiums between 2010 and 2016. The ana

Petris Center Director Dr. Richard Scheffler Receives Berkeley Citation Award

Posted on 02 May 2018
On May 1st, Petris Center Director Dr. Richard M. Scheffler was awarded the Berkeley Citation, among the highest honors the campus bestows on its community. The award is presented on behalf of the Chancellor to individuals whose contributions to UC Berkeley go beyond the call of duty

Petris Center Director Dr. Scheffler Quoted in Los Angeles Times Article Discussing AB 3087

Posted on 13 Apr 2018
The Los Angeles Times published an article covering the introduction of AB 3087, a California bill aimed at establishing an independent commission to set healthcare prices. The article, entitled “An Ambitious California Bill Would Put the State in Charge of Controlling Prices in the C

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